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Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2016
I originally saw the film and loved the action, the twists and the smooth and kindness of Chili Palmer. I read the book and it was very good, but the movie improved the depth of characters in seeing action and emotions the book glossed over. I am a book fan and almost never enjoy the movie over the text, but here the actors and director went over the top....I have watched this film several times over the years...and each time enjoy it more.
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2017
I really like this movie.What's not to like? John Travolta,Renee Russo,Danny Davito,Gene Hackman,and a supporting cast of some of Hollywood's best. The humor makes me chuckle every time I watch it! I ordered this edition because the price is right-thinking there wouldn't be any extra's-I was wrong. There are lot's of extra's-including commentary's,gag reels,outtakes,deleted scenes,etc. This Bluray edition is worth every penny. You like this movie anyway?do not miss this chance to pick up this edition at this price!
John Travolta and Danny DeVito at their funniest. Travolta is a mafia fixer who is sent to Los Angeles to round up a dry cleaner who has absconded with some money. Once in L.A., Travolta encounters Gene Hackman and Rene Russo and decides to go into the movie business. DelRoy Lindo and James Gandolfini (pre-Sopranos) are bumbling criminals and the whole thing is fun to watch even after ten times or more.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
This is one of my all time favorite comedies. If you appreciate Elmore Leonard, he wrote the story, and this is one of his favorite adaptations of his own work - which were few and far in between. I would point out excellent characters and the actors who played them, but it was a high quality cast with wonderfully constructed characters. The plot is fun, the dialogue, in typical Elmore Leonard fashion, is witty and believable. This is one movie that's well worth the time. (but don't bother with the sequel.)
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
Get Shorty was based off of an Elmore Leonard book of the same name and director Barry Sonnenfeld did a fine job with that source material.
The film is a satire of Hollywood and the gangster genre. John Travolta plays loan shark Chili Palmer from Miami who goes to Los Angeles to collect a debt and then smooth talks his way into the movie business with director Harry Zimm played by Gene Hackman, actress Karen Flores played by Rene Russo, and movie star Martin Weir played by Danny Devito. Deloy Lindo as Bo Catlett is a small time gangster that Zimm owes money too that wants in on the film industry as well. Finally, Dennis Farina is Ray Bones Barboni a Miami gangster that Chili nominally works for.
This is a great ensemble cast that does a great job playing off each other. Barboni for instance, steals a leather coat that Chili is very fond of. He gets it back by breaking Barboni’s nose. Barboni then tries to get revenge, but Chili grazes a bullet off his head. Barboni ends up with bandages all over his face and looks like a buffoon. Barboni always plays the tough guy, but does it over the top that you almost laugh at him.
There are also plenty of moments making fun of Hollywood. Chili and Weir for instance talk about method acting on how to play a loan shark. Weir talks about all the background work he does to get into a character, but when he’s faced with Chili who is the real thing he’s at a loss. At the same time it still maintains the allure of the city. Chili for instance absolutely loves the movies. He goes to see Touch of Evil and knows Marlene Dietrich’s lines by heart. Another time he beats up an enforcer and then asks him what movies he worked in as a stunt man because he wants to hear about the business so much.
Get Shorty is a lot of fun. I loved it when it first came out in the theaters and it still holds up to this day.
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2016
Still fresh and sharp after all these years. The Elmore Leonard dialogue still snaps and beers clear of cliche. The actors are perfectly cast. Watching this makes me realize how crucial it is for all the players to be just right for their roles and these are: Dennis Farina as the dumb Miami gangster who thinks he's smarter than he is, Gene Hackman as a B-movie director, Travolta in one of his last good roles, as the charming movie buff/gangster Chili Palmer, Rene Russo as the beautiful, whip-smart actress, and on and on. John Lurie's excellent score gives the film a swinging movement to the plot (a variant on the comic caper genre) that so many 80s and 90s movies lack. Enjoyed the film when it came out but figured there would be many more good films where that came from. Alas, that wasn't the case. Glad to be able to return to this for an entertaining few hours.
One of the few films based on an Elmore Leonard novel that succeeds in capturing the author's humor. The key is that all the characters are despicable and stupid. What's really funny here is how little difference there is between being a loan shark in Miami and a movie producer, except perhaps that the former is cooler. The criminals in LA aspire to being in the movies--and some succeed with the skills they have honed in their former profession. Given the characters, the viewer expects they will to try to "get" shorty by killing. Instead, they are trying to sign him to a film. Cleverly, the film may (or may not) be the story we are watching unfold.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
In pacing, tone, texture. The makers of the TV spin-off of this perfect movie should be ashamed. It does not work. Tried to watch it tonight on Netflix. For relief, I just re-screened the original feature, Get Shorty (Thank you Amazon). Everything is working with this movie -- from soundtrack to the A-list ensemble cast, from the A-list director to a perfect screenplay.
The work stands up amazingly well two decades after its theatrical release.
5.0 out of 5 starsGet Shorty! A great enjoyable movie
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2015
Get Shorty is a very fun movie. Travolta and all the other characters make it special. The story is great and very well done. I wont spoil it for anyone that has not seen it yet but all I can say just get it as its a laugh and you will enjoy it. Now the quality on blu ray is good. The quality of facial features and other things is more than decent. Compared to dvd its way better.its not one of the greatest looking but 3.5/5 in my opinion.The sound on blu ray is really good too.For the price you cant go wrong. Just get it. Fast Delivery. Great seller. A happy customer here. Thank You
This film has a lot going for it. It is based on a book by Elmore Leonard who in my opinion is the best contemporary thriller writer. The leading part is played excellently by John Travolta who is well backed by Danny de Vito, Gene Hackman and Dennis Farina. Typically humour is at the centre of the plot although this is about gangsters! Chilly Palmer (Travolta) a gangster whose ambition is to write for the movies, so moves frm Florida to Hollywood to achieve this but things do not go smoothly as his past catches up with him. A splendid movie.