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
John Travolta made this a year after he burst back onto the scene with Pulp Fiction and cemented the fact he was one of the most (arguably) successful actors of the 1990s. This blu looks and sounds great, so it is worth the double-dip if you already have the DVD (like myself). The film pokes fun at the absurdity of Hollywood like few other films have the guts to. Totally worthy of a spot in your library.
This movie was one of many Hollywood adaptions of novelist Elmore Leonard's books. He was one of Quentin Tarantino's influences. John Travolta, stars in this movie during the career renaissance he enjoyed after starring in Pulp Fiction. He plays loan shark Chilli Palmer and does a fantastic job of giving a voice to Leonard's words. Fun fact: Tony Soprano, the actor who would later play him anyways, also starred in this film. Though starred is used loosely, as he wasn't a very prominent actor until he landed the role of Tony Soprano.
Based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name, this film, boasts of a stellar, A-List cast led by John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito (who was also co-producer). They were ably supported by veteran character actor David Paymer and the late Hollywood stalwarts Dennis Farina and James Gandolfini. Under Barry Sonnenfeld's direction, the film moves through a fast, slick pace, with lots of witty banter and wise-guy dialogue. Too bad, its sequel "Be Cool" did not do as well critically and at the box office.