Get Shorty

Year: 1995
Production Co: Jersey Films
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer: Elmore Leonard
Cast: John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, David Paymer
One of the more mainstream of Elmore Leonard's books adapted to the screen. Or maybe it's actually the way Elmore Leonard really is, and the reason I think he's got an aura of cult cool is just because like most fans, I didn't know his work from a bar of soap before Quentin Tarantino adapted it for Jackie Brown.

John Travolta is Chilli Palmer, a mobster who decides he wants to be in the movie business. Get the joke? He's already tailor made for a world where excess, egos, sharks and personal destruction are the order of the day.

Teaming up with fading director Harry (Hackman) and the beautiful Karen, Chilli only has to stay alive long enough to make it in the movies.

An interesting look at Hollywood from something of an inside angle, but like many of Travolta's projects, he thinks it's a lot cooler than it is (and not nearly as bad as the misfired sequel Be Cool).

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