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 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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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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Trivia

DIRECTOR CAMEO (Barry Sonnenfeld): A hotel doorman greeting David Paymer as he exits a limo. See more »

Goofs

When Leo is at the Miami airport terminal cocktail lounge, a Korean Air passenger jet is seen outside the window. Korean Air has never offered passenger services to Miami, only cargo. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Are You Havin' Any Fun
Written by Sammy Fain and Jack Yellen
Performed by Count Basie and Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Smart, funny, devastating satire of the Hollywood scene
26 January 1999 | by Phoenix-36See all my reviews

This film is based on the Elmore Leonard book of the same name. This is a hilarious satire of Hollywood. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a loan shark from Miami tracking down a deadbeat who has run off. Palmer's travels take him to Hollywood, where he meets Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Zimm is a producer of major motion pictures (read B horror flicks). His lover is Karen (Rene Russo). His meetings give Palmer the "movie bug."

Already a huge movie fan, Palmer decides to produce "Mr. Lovejoy" a script that Zimm proclaims will be hs "Driving Miss Daisy." The plot centers around efforts to raise the necessary money and land Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) in the lead role. Fortunately Weir is Karen's es-husband. And Palmer has access to $300,000 generated from Las Vegas winnings of the missing deadbeat, Leo. As a further complication there is a drug dealer (Delroy Lindo) who has invested in one of Zimm's pictures. But he has gotten in trouble with his supplier for $500,000 and a missing nephew.

DeVito does a wonderful job playing the self-involved, pretentious Weir. There are wonderful comments about screen writers. Spelling is optional, not necessary. The role of a screenwriter is just to put the commas in where they belong. Travolta is delightful as a "nice guy" wiseguy. In fact, the entire cast is just great.

The plot lines never overwhelm the film, and they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. (Note: Thanks to Pulp Fiction, studios are willing now to use non-linear plot lines on occasion.). The ending is terrific (watch for the cameo by Harvey Keitel). I saw this in the theatre and have seen it several times on video. This one is definitely a keeper.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get Shorty See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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