Get Shorty

Get Shorty

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Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Cast: Barry Sonnenfeld, John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo

     
 

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A gangster is looking to get away from crooked deals and double-crossing people but ends up in the movie business anyway in this comic crime story. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a Miami-based loan collector for the mob trying to collect a gambling debt. His assignment takes him to Hollywood to collect money from Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a mildly sleazy producer of

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A gangster is looking to get away from crooked deals and double-crossing people but ends up in the movie business anyway in this comic crime story. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a Miami-based loan collector for the mob trying to collect a gambling debt. His assignment takes him to Hollywood to collect money from Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a mildly sleazy producer of low-budget horror movies. Although Chili intends to hurt Harry if necessary, he takes a certain liking to him and an even keener interest in Karen (Rene Russo), Harry's girlfriend, whom Chili recognizes from Harry's grade-B monster epics. It seems Harry has a script that he feels is Academy Award material, and he could get the project off the ground if he could get the right actor for the lead -- say, the well-respected but egocentric (and diminutive) Martin Weir (Danny DeVito). Chili thinks he has a feel for the movie business and decides to see what he can do to persuade Weir to get behind the project. Chili soon finds himself hip deep in the film industry, which at least puts him in contact with a higher grade of scumbags than he's used to. But Chili isn't the only criminal Harry's been dealing with; he's been obtaining financing from Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo), a drug dealer with a highly uncertain temperament. An intelligently constructed crime story and a hilarious look at the absurdities of the film business, Get Shorty was based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard; Leonard based Chili on a real-life former gangster of his acquaintance, though Chili's model never worked in Hollywood.

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Peopled with a large cast of fascinating characters, Get Shorty is a sharp, funny look at the not-so-separate worlds of crime and Hollywood. Director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Scott A. Frank capture the intricate plotting and masterful dialogue of Elmore Leonard's novel; as Chili, the gangster itching to get into the movie business, John Travolta follows up on the relaxed charm he exuded in his previous film, the career-reviving Pulp Fiction (1994). Though other movies have taken satirical stabs at the entertainment world, few have so gleefully portrayed the corrupting nature of the industry's promises of fame and fortune. Shorty is not a dark, nightmarish vision of Hollywood like The Player (1992) or The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), but a comic exaggeration of the appetites and personalities on display in the real thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2011
UPC:
0883904242451
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
51,807

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Get Shorty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent seen this movie, but from what I can tell it is allsome! Every movie in this database seems to have 5 stars and i htink this movie deserves to have 5 stars too. If you see this message plz give me an email