United Artists at 90 Short Film Competition
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Tuesday 11 March 2008
Get Shorty (1995) is based on the novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.
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.
Elmore Leonard (novel)
Scott Frank (screenplay)
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
Jon Gries … Ronnie Wingate
Renee Props … Nicki
David Paymer … Leo Devoe
Martin Ferrero … Tommy Carlo
Miguel Sandoval … Mr. Escobar
Jacob Vargas … Yayo Portillo
Bobby Slayton … Dick Allen
Linda Hart …. Fay Devoe
- John Travolta initially declined an offer to be in this movie, but was convinced by Quentin Tarantino to do it.
- Just before Doris comes to his door, Harry Zimm makes a reference in a telephone conversation about an actor who will only work one night shoot during a production. He is referring to Gene Hackman himself, who has it written in his contracts he'll only shoot one night during a production.
- According to Elmore Leonard, movie star Martin Weir (Danny DeVito), is based on Leonard's own dealings with Dustin Hoffman.
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