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Get Shorty [DVD] [Standard and Letterbox]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This slick adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel features John Travolta as Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark who's been sent to L.A. to collect on a bad debt from trash movie producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), the maker of the stunning flops "Grotesque" and "Slime People." But this is Harry's lucky day, because Chili is also a film buff, and when he's done talking tough he starts pitching Harry a script idea. As everyone knows, the best background for the motion picture industry is the criminal underworld, and Chili is smoothly launched into the life of a producer: romancing a B-movie scream queen, schmoozing superstars, getting reservations in the hottest restaurants in town. However, Chili's not the only mobster wanting to turn producer. It seems that a thug named Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo), another of Harry's lenders, also wants a piece of the action. Add in a group of angry drug smugglers and there is an abundance of double- and triple-crosses, as well as plenty of wisecracks and Hollywood insider jokes. GET SHORTY crosses the line of life imitating art--and vice versa--many times, including the real Ernest "Chili" Palmer (on whom the character is based) playing a Mafia henchman. Barry Sonnenfeld's entertaining romp is a wild look at the celebrity life in Hollywood, featuring numerous cameos of stars playing themselves.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 906036

  • Credits
    John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Eugene Alder, Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito, Delroy Lindo, Dennis Farina, James Gandolfini, David Paymer
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Elmore Leonard's deliciously profane dialogue gives a great cast, led by John Travolta, a feast to dine upon....GET SHORTY gets it wonderfully right..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...GET SHORTY is certainly entertaining..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Sizzling supporting performances by Dennis Farina and Delroy Lindo....[Travolta] oozes cool without breaking a sweat..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...All the elements finally jelled, goosed by a terrific John Travolta performance..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...GET SHORTY is good, sly fun. With John Travolta putting on a dazzling demonstration of what being a movie star is all about..."

    "...The film does a good job with the book's gentle digs at the inane way the movie business tends to function..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A small jewel..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] faithful adaptation of Elmore Leonard for a change....Memorable."

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