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Get Shorty (1995)

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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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:

The Mob Is Tough. But It's Nothing Like Show Business. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El nombre del juego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$72,077,000

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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Trivia

Penny Marshall: Played the director of the movie-within-a-movie. See more »

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When Bear and his daughter are at the airport for the first time and pick up the ticket that his accomplice set down on the trash can, a drop of liquid that is supposed to be melted ice cream from Bear's daughter's ice cream cone falls on the ticket from the left. Yet, Bear and his daughter enter from the right several seconds after the drop falls, and what is more, Bear's daughter never holds her ice cream cone to the point to where the drop would fall where it did - the angle is way off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.
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Crazy Credits

In memory of Danny Gill See more »

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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lion and the Wolff
Written by Lee Morgan
Performed by Lee Morgan
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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One of my favorite comedies
9 August 2010 | by imdb-21622See all my reviews

I realize some will disagree with 10/10.

Given that this is one of my very favorite comedies, I had to do it.

The best parts of this movie are the dialog and the mood.

A lot of the dialog is lifted from the novel if memory serves. It's intelligent and funny. Almost no dialog falls flat.

The mood, as I would call it is amazing. The jazz score sets a nice tone as does the overall style and the pace. It's cool, to use an overused term.

Chili Palmer amazingly played by Travolta reminds me a bit of Bugs Bunny. Totally in control at all times, with everyone else looking a bit silly. Like Bugs Bunny, it's the total fantasy of being totally in control. Probably one of the more appealing aspects.

The cast is full of stars who are given great lines to deliver as well.

The characters are all fun.

In short, I can't think of too many movies that are this enjoyable over the whole movie.

I own the book, and have read part of it (it's signed by the author.) The movie is so good, that the book never quite holds my attention long enough to read it. I think if I had read the book first, maybe I would feel differently.

Someone suggested watching Jackie Brown rather than this movie. They are both great, and totally different. I suggest seeing BOTH.


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