Get Shorty (1995)
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Let’s go back to 1995, a year that saw John Travolta and Gene Hackman come together with a star-studded cast that leaves you laughing throughout the entire movie, even at the painful moments.
Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is a loan shark based in Miami who clashes with mobster Ray “Bones” Barboni (Dennis Farina) over a leather jacket that Barboni borrowed from Palmer without permission. They have two brief but violent confrontations, the first of which leaves Barboni with a broken nose and the second singes his scalp from a bullet from Chili’s gun.
Palmer’s long-time mob boss Momo dies of a heart attack, and Palmer suddenly finds himself working for Barboni, whose first order is for Palmer to collect a loan debt owed by Leo Devoe (David Paymer). Palmer believed that Devoe was killed in a commercial airliner crash, but he had actually gotten off the plane and failed to re-board. After the plane crash, Devoe’s wife Fay identifies his personal effects, and the airline offers her a check for $300,000. Chili visits her and discovers that Leo is still alive, partying and gambling in Las Vegas with the insurance settlement money.
While in Vegas looking for DeVoe, Palmer picks up a second job from a casino manager to collect a debt from Hollywood B-movie producer Harry Zimm. Palmer goes to Los Angeles and locates Zimm (Gene Hackman) at the home of B movie actress Karen Flores (Rene Russo), and he warns Zimm to pay the money that he owes in 90 days. Palmer then pitches a movie script idea which is a thinly veiled story of his own life, including the scam by Leo…. Click here for more on the movie
The movie was budgeted at 30 million dollars and brought in over 115 million dollars
Source: Sal Amato