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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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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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The Mob Is Tough. But It's Nothing Like Show Business. 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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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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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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Harvey Keitel: Played Ray Barboni (Dennis Farina's character) in the movie-within-a-movie. 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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In memory of Danny Gill See more »


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Panacea
Written by Marc Antoine and DJ Greyboy (as Andreas Stevens)
Performed by DJ Greyboy (as Greyboy)
Courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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One of my favorite comedies
9 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I realize some will disagree with 10/10.

Given that this is one of my very favorite comedies, I had to do it.

The best parts of this movie are the dialog and the mood.

A lot of the dialog is lifted from the novel if memory serves. It's intelligent and funny. Almost no dialog falls flat.

The mood, as I would call it is amazing. The jazz score sets a nice tone as does the overall style and the pace. It's cool, to use an overused term.

Chili Palmer amazingly played by Travolta reminds me a bit of Bugs Bunny. Totally in control at all times, with everyone else looking a bit silly. Like Bugs Bunny, it's the total fantasy of being totally in control. Probably one of the more appealing aspects.

The cast is full of stars who are given great lines to deliver as well.

The characters are all fun.

In short, I can't think of too many movies that are this enjoyable over the whole movie.

I own the book, and have read part of it (it's signed by the author.) The movie is so good, that the book never quite holds my attention long enough to read it. I think if I had read the book first, maybe I would feel differently.

Someone suggested watching Jackie Brown rather than this movie. They are both great, and totally different. I suggest seeing BOTH.


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