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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.

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$72,077,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,101,622
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Trivia

Ernest 'Chili' Palmer: Elmore Leonard's friend, namesake of the main character, as one of Ray "Bones" Barboni's friends. See more »

Goofs

The checkers players in the barber shop move around between shots. See more »

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

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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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Tana's Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Michael Lang
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"Get Shorty" stands honorably tall.
3 July 2005 | by See 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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