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Get Shorty

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1995
  • Barry Sonnenfeld
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

A film-loving Miami loan shark visits Hollywood to squeeze a debt from a B-movie director. He ends up using his impressive knowledge of all things cinematic to become a movie producer and help recruit an Oscar-winning star to the film-maker's new project. Barry Sonnenfeld's comedy adapted from Elmore Leonard's novel, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Delroy Lindo.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel explores the murky world of Hollywood's links to organised crime. John Travolta plays Florida gangster Chili Palmer, who arrives in Tinseltown to collect a bad debt from sleazeball movie producer Gene Hackman and decides to stay, importing his strong-arm methods into movie production. Made in the wake of Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty was the first attempt by a major studio to cash in on Quentin Tarantino's style. The performances by the impressive cast are exquisite: the jowly Travolta has tremendous charm but also considerable menace; Danny DeVito plays an egotistical movie star to perfection; and Hackman is a sheer delight as the purveyor of schlocky monster movies. Add Rene Russo and unbilled cameos by Bette Midler and Harvey Keitel and you have a snazzy treat.

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Credits

Cast

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Chili PalmerJohn Travolta
Harry ZimmGene Hackman
Karen FloresRene Russo
Martin WeirDanny DeVito
Ray "Bones" BarboniDennis Farina
Bo CatlettDelroy Lindo
BearJames Gandolfini
Ronnie WingateJonathan Gries
NickiRene Props
Leo DevoeDavid Paymer
Tommy CarloMartin Ferrero
Mr EscobarMiguel Sandoval
Yayo PortilloJacob Vargas
Fay DevoeLinda Hart
Dick AllenBobby Slayton
DorisBette Midler
Harvey KeitelHarvey Keitel
Penny MarshallPenny Marshall
DoormanBarry Sonnenfeld

Crew

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DirectorBarry Sonnenfeld

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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