• Get Shorty (1995)

Get Shorty

Release Date: 1995

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a Miami mobster who gets sent by his boss, the psychopathic "Bones" Barboni (Dennis Farina), to collect a bad debt from Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a Hollywood producer who specializes in cheesy horror films. When Chili meets Harry's leading lady (Rene Russo), the romantic sparks fly. After pitching his own life story as a movie idea, Chili learns that being a mobster and being a Hollywood producer really aren't all that different.

Cast: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, David Paymer

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Jersey Films, Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Pursuit, Offbeat, Gritty, Rescue, Cool, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    With Get Shorty, Sonnenfeld has shown that broad appeal doesn't necessarily equate with stupidity. That's a lesson Hollywood should learn. show more

  • 88
    San Francisco Examiner

    This movie is charming the way so few movies are anymore. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    One of the pleasures of Get Shorty is watching the way the plot moves effortlessly from crime to the movies - not a long distance, since both industries are based on fear, greed, creativity and intimidation. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)