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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:

Drug smuggling. Racketeering. Loan sharking. Welcome to Hollywood! 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,700,007, 22 October 1995

Gross USA:

$72,101,622

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,101,622
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Travolta initially declined an offer to be in this movie, but was convinced by Quentin Tarantino to do it. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Chili are driving in Hollywood, their car is further back during later parts of the conversation, proof that they took later shots from the earlier positions as evidenced by the Napoléon Bonaparte billboard in the background. 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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Bo's Veranda
Written by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
Morphine appears courtesy of Rykodisc
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often hilarious
23 April 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Smart, funny mobster comedy/satire based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Travolta is well-cast in one of his very best roles as a slick Miami loan shark/enforcer who travels to Los Angeles to cash in a loan, but instead ends up teaming with B-movie writer/producer Hackman to fulfill his dream of being connected to the movie business. Before he can however, he must deal with bumbling mobsters, white-collar criminals, and the anxiety of trying to find the right leading man. Crackling, hilarious dialogue, well-drawn characters, and clever insight into the movie business run rampant in this snappy little comedy. Maybe not for all tastes, but well-made and a definite must for Travolta fans. ***


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