DVD 105 mins IMDB 6.9 (18,036 votes)
Get Shorty
MGM / UA (1995)
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Comedy, Crime, Drama
USA  /  English

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
David Paymer Leo Devoe
Bette Midler Doris
Jeffrey J. Stephan Bones' Buddy
Jon Gries Ronnie Wingate
Renee Props Nicki
Martin Ferrero Tommy Carlo
Miguel Sandoval Mr. Escobar
Jacob Vargas Yayo Portillo
Bobby Slayton Dick Allen
Linda Hart Fay Devoe

Director Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer Danny DeVito; Michael Shamberg; Stacey Sher
Writer Elmore Leonard; Scott Frank
Cinematography Donald Peterman
Musician John Lurie; Mark Sandman
User Credit 1 Jim Miller
User Credit 2 Betsy Heimann

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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 027616603692
Region Region 1
Chapters 46
Release Date 9/3/1997
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Digitally Mastered
Interactive Menus
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Theatrical Trailer
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language and some violence.
User Text 2 Attitude Plays a Part.
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Trivia: Cameo: ['Penny Marshall' ]Plays the director of the movie-within-a-movie. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Items on Harry's desk change and move around when he is talking to Ray Bones. (more)

[first lines]
Tommy Carlo: It's fucking cold outside.

Awards: Won Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 9 nominations (more)