Get Shorty Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Get Shorty

Small-time Miami hood and loan shark Chili Palmer (Travolta) works for Ray "Bones" Barboni (Farina), who sends him to Vegas to collect a large gambling debt from cowardly dry-cleaner Leo Devoe (Paymer). While in Vegas, Chili picks up a juicier assignment from a casino boss: collect from Howard Zimm (Hackman), producer of low-budget horror films out in Hollywood. While trying to shake down Zimm, Palmer becomes acquainted with his hot star Karen Flores (Russo), her ex the big movie star Martin Weir (DeVito), and various other colorful characters on the cheaper end of Hollywood, which Chili finds is not so different from his line of work. He sets out to become a movie producer himself! This is a fast, funny, and hugely entertaining 1995 movie, based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. It's one of Travolta's best roles, and most of the rest of the cast -- which includes then-unknown James Gandolfini, Bette Midler, and, as themselves, Harvey Keitel and Penny Marshall -- are not too shabby either.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Script Analysis of Get Shorty

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminal becomes sensitive    -   con-artist/white collar crime Comedy or Parody about    -   criminals Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   filmmaker/producer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   West    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous    -   Miami    -   Las Vegas Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

Movies with storylines, themes & endings like Get Shorty

Get Shorty Message Board (click here)
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian