Get Shorty (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

USA, 1995.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Jersey Films.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Flawless adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel about a shylock gangster (John Travolta at his coolest) who travels to Los Angeles to collect on an overdue payment and ends up getting interested in the movie business. No shock there, of course, since as it turns out there’s not that much difference between organized crime and making films. Full of brilliant dialogue, blessed with a marvelous script by Scott Frank and overseen with completely authority by Barry Sonnenfeld (his best work to date, and since), this is one of the best movies about Hollywood ever made. is terrific as a B-Movie actress who captures Travolta’s fancy the moment they meet; their exchanges, full of sexually charged dialogue and great chemistry, are the best scenes the film has to offer, and Russo couldn’t be more suited to the role. Also stars Gene Hackman as a low-level filmmaker, who also produced) as an A-Level movie star and an unbilled Bette Midler at her comedic peak as a happy widow looking to make a little dough.

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (John Travolta)
Nominations: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Outstanding Motion Picture Cast

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