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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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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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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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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

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

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Items on Harry's desk change and move around when he is talking to Ray Bones. 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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Referenced in Big Trouble (2002) See more »

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Tana's Theme
Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Michael Lang
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Like an ol' familiar song, done with some twists. Nice casting
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Barry Sonnenfeld was and maybe wasn't the right choice to make Get Shorty. He's a great visualist, and his films (Adams Family, Men in Black) are also very funny, but it's hard to say whether or not another director might've taken Elmore Leonard's sly comic novel more seriously or with less depth. As it is, however, Get Shorty is a cool little treat that doesn't over-stay its welcome, and provides its cast a plethora of witty dialog. John Travolta brings on some sharp attitude, knowing the angles and wanting, as his character Chili Palmer, to get into Hollywood and out of loan sharking. Gene Hackman's funny as a fledgling producer with his first, true big hit in his lap. And supporting parts from Delroy Lindo, Renne Russo, Danny De Vito (as 'Hollywood' as you'll ever see him), and James Gandolfini, are all very worthy. It's a worthwhile watch, with a dead-on score from John Lurie. But I would reccomend Out of Sight or Jackie Brown to Leonard fans looking for a great adaptation. It's a very good Hollywood picture (reflective of what it's about), though it's not a masterpiece. A-


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