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Get Shorty -- Golden Globe winner John Travolta stars with Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Rene Russo in this wildly popular comedy of a gangster who turns into a big-time producer after he travels to Hollywood to collect a debt.


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Writers (WGA):
Elmore Leonard (novel)
Scott Frank (screenplay)
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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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Won Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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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
Mykel Denis .... model maker: Sessums Engineering
David Lingenfelser .... digital artist
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects coordinator (as Micheal McAlister)
Alan McFarland .... miniature plane lighting effects
Stephanie Powell .... blue screen supervisor
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
Violet Leupen .... production assistant
Ed Lipscomb .... assistant location manager
Richard Lorenzana .... accountant
Susan Lorenzana .... assistant accountant (as Susan M. Lorenzana)
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)
Danny Gill .... in memory of
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some violence
105 min
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Cameo: [Harvey Keitel]Plays Ray Barboni (Dennis Farina's character) in the movie-within-a-movie.See more »
Continuity: After she finds Chili in her house for the second time, Karen's boots disappear when she walks upstairs.See more »
[first lines]
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Wise Guys Go To Hollywood..., 2 June 2003
Author: Muriel Tackett from Lexington, Kentucky

Get Shorty is a movie to sit back and enjoy for the ensemble of casting in it. Take one shylock from Miami (John Travolta), add one B grade movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), mix with a less-than-sharp wiseguy (Dennis Farina) and move the gang to Los Angeles. Once there meet Karen Flores (Rene Russo) and the star of the moment Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) and mix well. This movie is entertaining and the hysterical humor in it works. Hackman is hilarious without trying as Harry Zimm, a B grade producer Chili Palmer pays a visit to and decides to stay. Chili Palmer (Travolta) is a wise guy who finds his real calling is in producing movies. "Look at me" is Chili's attention getting tag line that soon everyone who meets Chili starts using to sound as dangerous as Chili acts. Dennis Farina plays Ray Barbone, another wise guy who, by default, becomes Chili's boss and is after money owed to him. Farina who used to be a real life cop, is both comical and in his element in this movie. Delroy Lindo is cast as a wannabe producer and hitman with great style and aplumb not to mention a dazzling, colorful wardrobe. James Gandolfini is very convincing as Lindo's sidekick "Bear" with a southern accent, who happens to be a stunt guy too. As all these ingredients come together, a great and worthy movie comes together as all key characters plot and plan to help Zimm (a great comic turn for Gene Hackman who never let's his audience down) get a large movie produced and made. Danny De Vito, as always, is a fine actor who, despite his small stature, can fill a big screen as the big star of the moment in Hollywood in "Get Shorty." This movie is Goodfellas meets LA Confidential. The casting is superb, the supporting cast is a must have ensemble and this movie takes off superbly from the opening scene in Miami and continues with a blast to Los Angeles where Chili decides he wants to be a movie producer and what Chili wants, Chili gets. Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" swagger is alive and well in this comical wiseguy Hollywood movie. His maturity adds depth that was lacking in my opinion during his "Fever" days. Travolta is a superb actor, second to none and "Get Shorty" is a clever, well-acted movie worth keeping for a second look because it is such a pleasure to watch the first time.

If you're up for some great acting by Hollywood's finest, and want some hysterical laughs, "Get Shorty" is for you. Hey, look at me! I give this movie a 9 out of 10 for it's humor, it's plot, it's casting and it's ability to flat out entertain you. If you need to dissect a movie to see what makes it tick, I suggest "Das Boot" but if you want a great movie with lots of laughs, this one is for you.

I also recommend "Pulp Fiction" and yet another Travolta vehicle "Primary Colors." Travolta has grown into his acting and is natural on the big screen as both a great character actor and a movie star, able to combine humor with incredibly convincing roles. "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off" are two more examples of the phenomenal Travolta who is one of few that crossed over from teen sensation to major movie star with staying power.

"Get Shorty" is a must see movie with plenty of action and non-stop laughs.

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