Get Shorty (1995)

Get Shorty (1995)
  • Time: 105 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
  • Cast: John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito


Chili Palmer, a Miami mobster, loan-sharks for Ray Bones, a violent thug with a big chip on his shoulder. Ray sends Chili to Vegas after a bad debt, and a casino boss enlists Chili to find an even bigger deadbeat: Harry Zimm, Hollywood player and producer of low-budget horror films. In Tinseltown, Chili meets Harry, as well as his scream- queen leading lady, Karen Flores; Harry’s drug-dealing financier, Bo Catlett; and Karen’s ex, Martin Weir (aka “Shorty”), a big star with an ego to match. Chili finds his Mafioso skills lend themselves quite nicely to what he’s always really wanted to do: producing movies.

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  • The star of this movie is definitely the casting director. John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny Devito (who also produced), Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, and James Gandolfini shine in parts that were seemingly written specifically for each one of them. Especially Travolta, he plays a very amusing mobster who is serious almost all the time, but has a soft spot for movies. The script was well written with smooth dialogue and some great oneliners. The plot flows quite well and in the end, tells quite an interesting story. It’s not quite a satire, and it’s also not quite a hardcore mob movie. It’s a little of both worlds, and it’s a whole lot of fun and a very enjoyable film.

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