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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chili Palmer
... Harry Zimm
... Karen Flores
... Martin Weir
... Ray 'Bones' Barboni
... Bo Catlett
... Bear
... Ronnie Wingate
... Nicki
... Leo Devoe
... Tommy Carlo
... Mr. Escobar
... Yayo Portillo
... Fay Devoe
... 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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Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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

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MGM Studios [United States]

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Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El nombre del juego  »

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Budget:

$30,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$72,077,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,101,622
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Trivia

The original scene with Penny Marshall's cameo had her getting into her car and driving off when the shoot was finished, but she hadn't driven a car in many years, so it was changed that her assistant drives her off. See more »

Goofs

When Chili is at the airport and is heading towards the locker, the camera view is from behind him, and as he approaches a woman passes by from the right. The shot immediately switches views as she hits center screen, yet when the camera view is from the front of Chili, the woman disappears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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In memory of Danny Gill See more »

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Bo's Veranda
Written by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Morphine appears courtesy of Rykodisc
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Outstanding - from start to finish
1 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Anything involving something by Elmore Leonard is generally very good, in and of itself. But when coupled with performances like those of John Travolta and Gene Hackman in this picture, the result is a superb piece of entertainment.

Danny De Vito, Dennis Farina and Rene Russo all deliver outstanding performances - but all pretty much convey the types of personas, on-screen, which you'd expect from seeing their other work.

However, of all actors today - young or older, new or veteran -- there are no two who are more convincing, in everything they do, than Travolta and Hackman. Serious or funny, crafty or clueless, hero or villain - - each has been completely convincing in every role, and seeing them together, one would like to see them teamed again.

In this movie, both are funny, and both have their roles "nailed:" Travolta as the confident tough guy, completely in control; and Hackman as the "B" flick producer, operating on the fringe of the Hollywood scene and life in general.

As much as I liked this movie, I first saw it in a St. Louis hotel suite, where we selected it from the PPV menu. I was "fried" from a day-long business meeting, and fell asleep early into it. The next day, my wife insisted that I catch it (she's one of those people who has perhaps only wanted to watch one or two other movies a second time, ever), and I was glad she did.

It's an outstanding film, and one which entertains thoroughly from the outset to conclusion, with not a single lapse between.


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