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Get Shorty (1995)



Critic Consensus: With a perfect cast and a sly twist on the usual Hollywood gangster dynamic, Get Shorty delivers a sharp satire that doubles as an entertaining comedy-thriller in its own right.

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A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job. Based on Elmore Leonards' 1990 novel of the same name.

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John Travolta
as Chili Palmer
Gene Hackman
as Harry Zimm
Rene Russo
as Karen Flores
Danny DeVito
as Martin Weir
Dennis Farina
as Ray Barboni
Delroy Lindo
as Bo Catlett
David Paymer
as Leo Devoe
Jon Gries
as Ronnie Wingate
Martin Ferrero
as Tommy Carlo
Miguel Sandoval
as Mr. Escobar
Jacob Vargas
as Yayo Portillo
Linda Hart
as Fay Devoe
Bobby Slayton
as Dick Allen
Alison Waddell
as Bear's Daughter
Amber Waddell
as Bear's Daughter
John Cothran Jr.
as Agent Curtis
Jack Conley
as Agent Dunbar
Bernard Hocke
as Agent Morgan
Big Daddy Wayne
as Ray Barboni's Bodyguard
Xavier Montalvo
as Big Guy with Escobar
Carlease Burke
as Rental Car Attendant
Vito Scotti
as Manager At Vesuvio's
Rino Piccolo
as Waiter at Vesuvio's
Greg Goossen
as Duke, Man At The Ivy
Alfred Dennis
as Ed The Barber
Ralph Manza
as Fred The Barber
Zed James Frizzelle
as Kid at Lockers
Harry Victor
as Limo Driver with Sign
Patrick Breen
as Resident Doctor
Alex Rocco
as Buddy (Martin Weir's agent)
Donna Wilson
as Screaming Woman
Zach Phifer
as Ivy Restaurant Maitre D'
Gregory B. Goossen
as Duke, Man at the Ivy
Stephanie Kemp
as Ivy Restaurant Waitress
Rebeca Arthur
as Las Vegas Waitress
Jeffrey J. Stephan
as Bones' Buddy No. 1
Ernest 'Chili' Palmer
as Bones' Buddy No. 2
Harvey Keitel
as Himself (uncredited)
Penny Marshall
as Herself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Get Shorty

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (21)

How cool can a mere movie be? A perfect cast and great script, based on a hilariously witty best seller, are key elements. When you add a talented director and let the magic of Hollywood take over, the result is Get Shorty.

October 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Like the Elmore Leonard novel it adapts, Get Shorty is fast, very funny, minorly caustic, and about as consequential and lasting as the movies Chili himself tries to green-light.

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's terrifically entertaining.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Hollywood has been in love with mobsters since the beginning of movies. But the other side of the equation has seldom been considered. That is, until now.

May 7, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A drolly offbeat look at Hollywood mores dedicated to the proposition that the best preparation for becoming a film producer is a stint in the criminal underworld.

May 7, 2008 | Full Review…

An entertaining comedy-thriller adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard best-seller and directed with bounce (if not much nuance) by Barry Sonnenfeld.

May 7, 2008

Audience Reviews for Get Shorty

Miami gangster and film buff discovers Hollywood work is not that much different than work in the Mob, thank goodness. Travolta has fun playing a mobster who's playing a mobster ("... like inna movies!") who's dream is to play a movie mobster ("... like DeNiro or Pacino!") and Hackman, playing against type, is perfect as a nice guy only acting the part of a sleezeball producer. Everyone in this movie ( like Jerry Lewis maybe) is the star, the writer, the director and the producer of their own mental movie (like here at Flixster!). The only guy in this movie who doesn't want to be in the movies gets whacked in the end, sort've divine retribution. My fav scene has Travolta teaching DeVito how to act tough like a mobster.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Chili Palmer: Rough business, this movie business. I'm gonna have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest. After watching Get Shorty it seems like it should have been great. The story is there and the cast is there but it never seems to amount to anything above average. I hated the first half of the movie. Then once Danny DeVito's character is introduced it starts to pick up. The cast is great except for one actor who I don't like at all and that would be Dennis Farina. For some reason he just annoys the hell out of me. The movie had a lot of potential, which is really annoying because the movie just wasn't that good. I have thee feeling I'm overrating this just because I really like Travolta and DeVito in this movie and I'm not a huge fan of either of them. As a comedy, Get Shorty really didn't work. There were no really funny parts or lines. It seems like every time gangsters get brought into comedy it turns out bad.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Liked the ending but the movie itself was not that entertaining.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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