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Writers (WGA):
Elmore Leonard (novel)
Scott Frank (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 October 1995 (USA) See more »
Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! See more »
A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... Chili Palmer

Gene Hackman ... Harry Zimm

Rene Russo ... Karen Flores

Danny DeVito ... Martin Weir

Dennis Farina ... Ray 'Bones' Barboni

Delroy Lindo ... Bo Catlett

James Gandolfini ... Bear

Jon Gries ... Ronnie Wingate

Renee Props ... Nicki

David Paymer ... Leo Devoe

Martin Ferrero ... Tommy Carlo

Miguel Sandoval ... Mr. Escobar

Jacob Vargas ... Yayo Portillo

Linda Hart ... Fay Devoe
Bobby Slayton ... Dick Allen
Ron Karabatsos ... Momo
Alison Waddell ... Bear's Daughter
Amber Waddell ... Bear's Daughter

John Cothran ... Agent Curtis (as John Cothran Jr.)

Jack Conley ... Agent Dunbar
Bernard Hocke ... Agent Morgan
Big Daddy Wayne ... Ray Barboni's Bodyguard

Jay Montalvo ... Big Guy with Escobar (as Xavier Montalvo)

Carlease Burke ... Rental Car Attendant

Vito Scotti ... Manager at Vesuvio's

Rino Piccolo ... Waiter at Vesuvio's
Alfred Dennis ... Ed the Barber
Ralph Manza ... Fred the Barber
Zed Frizzelle ... Kid at Lockers
Harry Victor ... Limo Driver with Sign

Patrick Breen ... Resident Doctor

Barry Sonnenfeld ... Doorman

Donna W. Scott ... Screaming Woman
Zack Phifer ... Ivy Restaurant Maitre d'
Greg Goossen ... Duke, Man at the Ivy (as Gregory B. Goossen)
Stephanie Kemp ... Ivy Restaurant Waitress

Rebeca Arthur ... Las Vegas Waitress

Jeffrey Stephan ... Bones' Buddy (as Jeffrey J. Stephan)
Ernest 'Chili' Palmer ... Bones' Buddy #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leslie Bega ... Vikki Vespa (uncredited)

Marlene Dietrich ... Tanya (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian Reed Garvin ... Plane Guy (uncredited)
David Groh ... Buddy Lupton (uncredited)

Charlton Heston ... Mike Vargas (archive footage) (uncredited)

Harvey Keitel ... Himself (uncredited)

David Letterman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Penny Marshall ... Herself (Director) (uncredited)

Dean Martin ... Dude (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bette Midler ... Doris Saphron (uncredited)

Alex Rocco ... Jimmy Capp (Ray Bones' boss) (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Sheriff John T. Chance (archive footage) (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Police Captain Hank Quinlan (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lenny Wilson ... Pilot in Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Sonnenfeld 
Writing credits
Elmore Leonard (novel)

Scott Frank (screenplay)

Produced by
Danny DeVito .... producer
Graham Place .... co-producer
Susan Ringo .... associate producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... producer
Barry Sonnenfeld .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Lurie 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman 
Film Editing by
Jim Miller 
Ted Woerner (video)
Casting by
David Rubin 
Debra Zane 
Production Design by
Peter S. Larkin 
Art Direction by
Steve Arnold 
Set Decoration by
Leslie E. Rollins 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
Makeup Department
Kareen Boursier .... hair stylist
Michelle Bühler .... makeup artist
Jene Fielder .... makeup artist
Audrey Futterman-Stern .... personal hair stylist: Mr. Travolta (as Audree Futterman)
Ron Scott .... key hair stylist
Ellen Wong .... makeup department head
Natalie Wood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Amy Ness .... production supervisor
Graham Place .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Cameron .... first assistant director: reshoots
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Scottie Gissel .... dga trainee
Robert Huberman .... second assistant director
Scott Robertson .... second second assistant director (as Scott Andrew Robertson)
Art Department
William Acedo .... lead man (as William Xavier Acedo)
Scott Blakney .... set dresser
Charles Daboub Jr. .... assistant art director
Scott Farber .... set dresser
Emily Ferry .... property master
Rob Garlow .... propmaker foremen
Otniel Gonzalez .... assistant property master
Robby Green .... art department coordinator
Chris Hopkins .... sculptor
Tom Hrupcho .... paint supervisor
Kristin Frances Jones .... set dresser
Erin Kemp .... set designer
Douglas McKay .... key set dresser
Jim Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Joe Ondrejko .... general foreman
Eric Rosenberg .... assistant art director
Cole Taylor .... set construction foreman
Joy Taylor .... assistant property master
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser
Justin Walker .... labor foreman
Regina Lee Alonte .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Kam Chan .... foley editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Don Coufal .... production sound
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Ezra Dweck .... foley mixer
Juno J. Ellis .... adr editor (as Juno Ellis)
Chris Fielder .... sound assistant
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Gary Holland .... production sound
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Annette Kudrak .... adr assistant
Jeff Levison .... stereo sound consultant: DTS
Blake Leyh .... sound effects recordist
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Julie Lindner .... sound assistant
Eliza Paley .... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Gail Showalter .... adr supervisor (as Gail Stockton)
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Jeff Wexler .... production sound
Robert Gravenor .... multi-track mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects coordinator (as Gary Bierend)
Robert DeVine .... special effects
Danny Gill .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
David Lingenfelser .... digital artist
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects coordinator (as Micheal McAlister)
Alan McFarland .... miniature plane lighting effects
Stephanie Powell .... blue screen supervisor
Mykel Denis .... model maker (uncredited)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Oscar Dillon .... stunts
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunts
John T. Grantham .... stunts (as John Grantham)
Gary Guercio .... stunts (as Gary L. Guercio)
Gordon Hansen .... stunts
Eric Mansker .... stunts
Jeff Podgurski .... stunts
Mark Riccardi .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunt coordinator
Mark Riccardi .... stunt double: John Travolta (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Abbey .... video operator
Michael Anderson .... second company grip
Brian Bernstein .... assistant camera
Mark 'Boylee' Boyle .... loader
Steve Chase .... grip
Linda R. Chen .... still photographer
Steve Craft .... camera loader
Thomas M. Dangcil .... lighting technician
Rick Davis .... additional key grip
Dhamarata Dhiensuwana .... rigging key grip
Malcolm Doran II .... dolly grip
Raymond Gonzales .... electrician
Dan Kerns .... rigging gaffer
John T. Martin .... dolly grip
Tim McGinnis .... gaffer
David McMillan .... rigging best boy (as Dave McMillan)
Brian Mills .... rigging grip
Jeff Murrell .... chief lighting technician
Jay Peterman .... first assistant camera
Paul Plannette .... second assistant camera
David Schmalz .... video assist operator
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Stephen St. John .... camera operator
Calvin Sterry .... key grip
Don Tomich .... assistant lighting technician
Tony Varuola .... lighting technician
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera
Paul Wilkowsky .... grip
Michael Adler .... electrician (uncredited)
Dan Riffel .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rosie Heeter .... casting assistant
Julia Kim .... casting assistant
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Rawley .... costumer supervisor
Sabrina Rosen .... assistant to costume designer
Lori Stilson .... set costumer
Joan Thomas .... costumer
Phyllis Thurber-Moffit .... costume textile artist
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Stephen Fishman .... post-production assistant
John Steele Hill .... assistant editor
Mike Koz .... second assistant editor
Beriau Picard .... assistant editor
Suzanne Pillsbury .... first assistant editor
Ken Schretzmann .... assistant editor: avid
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music coordinator
Steven Bernstein .... conductor
Steven Bernstein .... orchestrator
Patrick Dillett .... score mixer
Frankii Elliott .... music coordinator
Steve Elson .... musician
Tony Faulkner .... music coordinator
Tony Faulkner .... music coordinator
Alex Gibson .... music editor
Bobby Mackston .... music editor
Denise Okimoto .... assistant music editor
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
Satsunderta Reid .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Rick Chouinard .... transportation co-captain
Lyle Christensen .... shotmaker driver
Buddy Hunter .... driver
David Jernigan .... transportation captain
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... production medic
Trisha Barnhart .... accounting clerk
Jeffrey Berk .... assistant production coordinator
David M. Bernstein .... key set production assistant
Becky Brake .... assistant location manager
Kathleen Campbell .... assistant: Ms. Russo
Lance Doty .... assistant: Barry Sonnenfeld
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Greg Goossen .... stand-in: Mr. Hackman
Melinda A. Grieger .... stand-in: Rene Russo
Mindy Grieger .... stand-in: Ms. Russo
Michael Haddad .... craft service
Michael Hubert .... business affairs representative
David Kaufman .... assistant location manager
Tony Kerum .... caterer
Corinna M. Korpi .... production secretary
Ed Lipscomb .... assistant location manager
Richard Lorenzana .... accountant
Susan M. Lorenzana .... assistant accountant
Marcel Lundberg .... production assistant
Dominic Marcus .... adr voice actor
Sherry Marshall .... production coordinator
Bertram McCann .... marine coordinator
Michelle Minyon .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Amy Pearson .... assistant production coordinator
Jane E. Russell .... unit publicist
Nina Saxon .... title designer
Fred Scialla .... stand-in: Mr. DeVito
Scott Sener .... utility stand-in
Jeffrey Stephan .... stand-in: Mr. Travolta
Lisa Thomas .... payroll accountant
Alison Treleaven .... assistant: Stacey Sher
Bob Ader .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Jaap Broeker .... stand-in: Ned Beatty (uncredited)
Paul Kruhm .... location services: EastWest Locations (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... construction medic (uncredited)
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some violence
105 min
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A scene with Ben Stiller as the director of one of Harry's low-budget B-movies was cut from the film because it didn't suit the flow of it. Even though Barry Sonnenfeld thought it was funny (maybe the funniest scene in the movie) it did nothing to advance the plot so it had to go.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Film crew is visible in the limo reflection during and after Ronnie opens the door for Bear and his daughter.See more »
[first lines]
Tommy Carlo:It's fucking cold outside.
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Mafiosi love movies too!, 24 March 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Elmore Leonard's books must be loved by film screen adapters. His characters translate very well from the written page to the moving picture. "Get Shorty" is one of Mr. Leonard's best stories and it gets a very good treatment in the hands of Barry Sonnenfeld, its director, with the help of Scott Frank, who adapted it for the screen.

The casting of the movie was it's greatest asset. John Travolta is so cool as Chilli, the mafioso who loves movies! In his scenes with Gene Hackman, he demonstrates what a good actor he is. On the surface, he appears to do nothing; he works with an economy that is very hard to imitate. Granted, after Mr. Travolta's amazing appearance in Pulp Fiction, this was a confirmation and validation of his talent.

It was surprising, since I didn't remember his appearance on the movie, to watch actor James Gandolfini, prior to his recent fame. He plays a stuntman turned wise guy. Mr. Gandolfini must have gone through a great dental cosmetic transformation, unless he was made up to look very ugly, as Bear, in the film. I have greatly admired his work before his TV series, as a fine character actor, which he demonstrates here the potential he had and was not discovered until much later.

Delroy Lindo is also excellent as one of the bad guys in the film. This actor, who is as great in films as in the theater, deserves much better. He is a man that always gives an honest performance. Not being a Danny DeVito fan, I must confess that he was very restrained here. He can do very good work with the right director behind him, as he shows playing the egotistical actor, Martin Weir.

Also excellent, Dennis Farina. It's unfortunate he doesn't get better choices because he is always very effective in whatever he plays. In this film, he is hysterical as Ray "Bones" Barboni. Rene Russo, as the bit player with a heart of gold, is good.

What can be said of Gene Hackman that hasn't already been said? His Harry Zimm is so accurate that we believe he is this sleazy Hollywood producer. Mr. Hackman is a consummate performer who keeps getting better all the time.

If I had enjoyed the film the first time, looking at it a second time was a revelation.

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