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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson was the first choice for the role of Bo Catlett. See more »

Goofs

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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In memory of Danny Gill See more »

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Get Shorty/Now and Then/Mallrats (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Tana's Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by United International Orchestra
Conducted by Joseph Gershenson
Clip and music from the motion picture Touch of Evil (1958)
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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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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