Get Shorty

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MGM Released 1995

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Director:
Barry Sonnenfeld
Released:
1995
Rating:
R

Chili Palmer, a cocky and smooth Miami loan shark/obsessive movie buff, is asked by a Las Vegas casino to go to Los Angeles to convince schlocky exploitation-film mogul Harry Zimm to make good on his gambling marker. Once Chili discovers that "I don't think the producer has to know too much," he sees no reason why he shouldn't be getting some of that action as well...and, besides, being a success in the movie business is a piece of cake for those schooled in more traditional criminal pursuits. Based on the 1990 novel by Elmore Leonard

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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, c...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The jokes are quick, with clever jibes alternating with double-crosses and the occasional murder, and the streamlined plot unrolls like a colorful ball of twine.

  • 80

    Variety

    Good, sly fun.

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Crime, Thrillers