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Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. Image File history File links Get_Shorty_(novel). ... Image File history File links Get_Shorty_(novel). ... Elmore John Leonard Jr. ... This article is about the year. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

The book's story centres around Chili Palmer, a small-time loanshark based in Miami, who is sent after one Leo Devoe, who has scammed an airline out of $300,000 by faking his own death. Leo's trail takes him to Las Vegas, where he finds a more interesting assignment: the casino is looking to collect from Harry Zimm, a horror film producer based in Los Angeles. Palmer, himself interested in the movie industry, takes the extra assignment and heads for Los Angeles. Usury (from the Latin usus meaning used) was defined originally as charging a fee for the use of money. ... Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Nickname: City of Angels Motto: Official website: http://www. ...

Palmer lets his interest in the movie industry overshadow his collection job. He sneaks into Zimm's house in the middle of the night, startling both Zimm and his girlfriend Karen Flores, and explains that he has a "great idea" for a movie. Zimm is immediately taken in by Palmer's charm, although Flores is still skeptical, as Palmer recounts Leo Devoe's story and his story chasing him to Las Vegas as if it were an uncompleted work of fiction. Flores quickly points out that the story clearly isn't fictional, she saw it on the news the past week, and Palmer is the loan shark.

Nevertheless, Zimm lets Palmer in on his business, telling him that he has a script which he believes could be Academy Award worthy material. There are, however, two problems: he doesn't own the script, which costs $500,000; and he guaranteed a $200,000 investment from Bo Catlett, a local limo driver and drug dealer, to another movie which he said would be made first (Zimm gambled the $200,000 away in hopes of making the $500,000 he needed). In an altercation with Catlett, Zimm and Palmer tell him that, while his investment is sound, they are making another movie first. Catlett tells them to move the money into this new picture; Zimm reluctantly agrees. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

Meanwhile, Catlett is involved in a drug deal which doesn't go through. He has left the payment in a locker at the airport, but the Colombian sent to receive the money, Yayo, doesn't feel safe unlocking the locker with so many drug officials staked out nearby. Catlett takes Yayo back to his place and kills him.

Catlett offers the money to Zimm as an investment, telling him to send Palmer to get the money. Palmer senses something amiss, signs out a nearby locker as a test, and surely enough is taken for questioning by drug officials when he tries to open it.

Desperate for money, Zimm also seeks the aid of Ray "Bones" Barboni, whom Palmer was collecting for, wondering if the money Palmer collected from Leo Devoe could be invested in his film. Palmer and Flores are meanwhile seeking the interests of Martin Weir (the title character), a top-tier Hollywood actor to whom Flores was once married, to play the lead in Zimm's film.

The loose ends are tied up when Barboni comes to Los Angeles looking for the money Palmer collected from Leo Devoe only to find the key to the locker from the failed drug deal in one of Palmer's pockets. Thinking Palmer has stashed his cash in a locker, he goes to the airport and is busted by drug officials. In a final showdown with Catlett, Catlett is double-crossed by his partner, Bear.

The novel ends with Zimm, Palmer and Flores having visited a few production studios and wondering why writing the ending of a story was always the hardest part.

Get Shorty

Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
Written by Scott Frank
Music by
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Distributed by MGM Distribution Co.
Released October 20, 1995
Running time 105 min
Language English
Budget $30,250,000
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A 1995 film, Get Shorty, based on the novel, was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred John Travolta as Chili Palmer, Gene Hackman as Harry Zimm, Rene Russo as Karen Flores, Delroy Lindo as Bo Catlett, Dennis Farina as Ray "Bones" Barboni, James Gandolfini as Bear (Catlett's partner), David Paymer as Leo and Danny DeVito as Martin Weir. The plot remained very true to the book although some minor details were changed. In the novel, Palmer and Flores attempt to woo Weir in a nightclub, whilst in the movie they visit his house. In the movie there is an additional confrontation between Zimm and Bones which results in Zimm getting a concussion and being accused of killing a partner of Catlett's, whom Bones shot when he walked in on the altercation; this is excluded from the novel. The ending is also slightly different. Image File history File links Get_Shorty. ... Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Danny DeVito as Louie in Taxi. ... Leo the Lion in the MGM logo since 2001 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, was, until 2005, a media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... John Travolta (left) and Samuel L. Jackson (right) in Pulp Fiction. ... Gene Hackman Eugene Allen Hackman (born 30 January 1930) is an Oscar winning American actor. ... Rene Russo Rene Russo (born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California, USA) is an American film actress and model. ... Delroy Lindo Delroy Lindo (born November 18, 1952, Eltham, London, England, UK) is a British born, American actor. ... Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order Dennis Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBCs Law & Order. ... Actor James Gandolfini with his Emmy Award. ... David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American actor. ... Danny DeVito as Louie in Taxi. ...

There are also two scenes, which feature an uncredited Bette Midler as Doris Saphron, the widow of Zimm's former partner. In the first scene, having learned of the new script, she arrives at Zimm's office to protect her financial interests. After accepting Zimm's assurences, she proceeds to inform him, that as a widow, her "womanly needs" are no longer satisfied on a regular basis. As the scene ends, Zimm reluctantly succombs to Doris's advances and the lights dim. Doris next appears at the hospital, where Zimm is being treated for the injuries, which he received during his altercation with Bones. Doris's attentions as a 'ministering angel', suggest that Zimm performed his 'manly duties' in an exemplary manner. Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945), is a singer, actress, and comedian. ...

The novel Be Cool, published in 1999, is a sequel to Get Shorty. Production began in 2003 to turn it into a motion picture, which was released on March 4, 2005. Be Cool is a 2005 sequel to the novel Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard, which inspired the 1999 movie of the same name, about mobster Chili Palmers entrance to the music industry. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of...

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