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Get Shorty (1995)

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A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.

Director:

Barry Sonnenfeld

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Scott Frank (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Some guys get all the luck, whether they like it or not. Chili Palmer happens to be in Hollywood collecting a gambling debt when he's struck by lightning (not literally). Called a natural for the movie business, he's snagged up by a producer. The rest is history. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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Taglines:

Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

(At around one hour and nineteen minutes) A newspaper article is momentarily shown on-screen with the headline: "Horror Film Producer Questioned in Shooting". Although shown too quickly to read without pausing the scene, the second paragraph of the article reads, "At a morning press briefing, LAPD Sergeant Edward Randall disclosed that Wingate, owner of a Los Angeles Limousine Fleet and a sometime investor in Zimm (Gene Hackman)'s films was shot five times. Four wounds were in the chest area, a fifth in one of his feet. Sergeant Randall refused to disclose which foot." See more »

Goofs

When Chili Palmer and Harry Zinn are driving past Martin Weir's billboard, they are traveling west on Sunset Boulevard just past Crescent Heights Boulevard. Later, they look to their right (north) and see Weir and Nicki sitting at a table, where Zinn remarks that Weir faces west so that he can see his billboard and that Nicki faces east so that she has an excuse to wear sunglasses. In fact, since the camera faces north, Weir is facing east and Nicki is facing west. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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Alternate Versions

A line of dialogue from John Travolta is missing from the UK 2-disc edition. The line "So You're Trying to Say You're Never Gonna Sleep Again?" comes directly after the credits as a question to Martin Ferrero's character. The line is dubbed and subtitled, and the music plays out as usual, so it's not an audio glitch. The line is present on the first UK MGM-release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Swordfish' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Rio Bravo
Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster
Clip and music from the motion picture Rio Bravo (1959)
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
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"Get Shorty" stands honorably tall.
3 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

John Travolta followed up his "Pulp Fiction" comeback with "Get Shorty", in which he plays Miami hit-man Chili Palmer. Moving to Hollywood to collect a debt, he finds that show biz isn't much different from the mafia, and he decides to get involved. But of course, once there's anything mafia-related involved, things start to get ugly. Not that they weren't already seedy.

This movie has its strengths mainly in the script, but also in the strong performances from Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito. I guess that any time that someone gets a chance to show Hollywood's unseemly side, they take it. Of course, there's plenty of reasons to do so. The sequel, "Be Cool", wasn't quite as good, but still worth seeing.


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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,700,007, 22 October 1995

Gross USA:

$72,101,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,101,622
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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