Get Shorty details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||John Travolta, David Paymer, Danny De Vito, Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, Dennis Farina, Rene Russo|
|Run time:||1 hour 41 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Feb 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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A surprising classicBy a customer from Bedford, England , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is based on the Elmore Leonard book of the same name. This is a hilarious satire of Hollywood. Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a loan shark from Miami tracking down a deadbeat who has run off. Palmer's travels take him to Hollywood, where he meets Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Zimm is a producer of major motion pictures (read B horror flicks). His lover is Karen (Rene Russo). His meetings give Palmer the 'movie bug.'
Already a huge movie fan, Palmer decides to produce 'Mr. Lovejoy' a script that Zimm proclaims will be his 'Driving Miss Daisy.' The plot centres around efforts to raise the necessary money and land Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) in the lead role. Fortunately Weir is Karen's ex-husband. And Palmer has access to $300,000 generated from Las Vegas winnings of the missing deadbeat, Leo. As a further complication there is a drug dealer (Delroy Lindo) who has invested in one of Zimm's pictures. But he has gotten in trouble with his supplier for $500,000 and a missing nephew.
DeVito does a wonderful job playing the self-involved, pretentious Weir. There are wonderful comments about screenwriters. Spelling is optional, not necessary. The role of a screenwriter is just to put the commas in where they belong. Travolta is delightful as a 'nice guy' wise guy. In fact, the entire cast is just great.
The plot lines never overwhelm the film, and they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. (Note: Thanks to Pulp Fiction, studios are willing now to use non-linear plot lines on occasion.). The ending is terrific (watch for the cameo by Harvey Keitel). I saw this in the theatre and have seen it several times on video. This one is definitely a keeper.
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Be cool is the betterBy a customer from england , 24 Nov 2005Not half as good as the sequel 'Be Cool', theres no major plot to get you on the edge of your seat or taken in by the film. Its alright as a time passer but id watch 'Be Cool' instead its easy enough to catch onto without seeing 'Get Shorty'
I hate bonus dvd`sBy Mandi from East sussex , 24 Nov 2005Didn`t watch it as film wasn`t that great
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Gangster goes HollywoodBy a customer from Fife, Scotland , 25 Oct 2005Watched this as an appetiser for the new follow up 'Be Cool' and wasnt sure what to expect. But pleasantly surprised. Cant class this as the usual gangster movie but it has a fairly clever story line with a classic ending. Not laugh a minute but entertaining. John Travolta is very cool as Chilli Palmer.
crapBy a customer from England , 21 Oct 2005Waited ages to see this film and was let down rubbish
Hmmmm!?By seanashleyraymond from Surrey , 20 Oct 2005Coming into watching this film I had great expectations about it having heard great reviews about. However apart from a very good and original plot the film didn't really set the plot alight.