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Low-level Miami loan shark and film buff Chili Palmer (Travolta) heads to Hollywood via Las Vegas, looking for a deadbeat drycleaner (Paymer) and a grade-Z movie producer (Hackman) who owes Vegas $150,000. Aided by B-movie scream-queen Russo, Palmer is pitted against a variety of shady Hollywood-types, including an egomaniacal star (DeVito) while trying to get into showbiz himself. Snappy scripting and performances finally do screen justice to an Elmore Leonard novel. DeVito, with the smaller title role, was originally cast as Chili Palmer, a role Travolta twice turned down until the ubiquitous Quentin Tarantino advised him to take it.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes.

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Genres
Comedy Drama, So I Amuse You?, Books to Film: Elmore Leonard, Behind the Scenes, Air Disasters, Scams, Stings & Cons, At the Movies, Bodyguards, Disorganized Crime, Filmmaking, Gambling, L.A., Miami, Viva Las Vegas!, Showbiz Comedies
Screenplay
Scott Frank
Cast
John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, David Paymer, James Gandolfini, Bobby Slayton
Cinematography
Don Peterman
Director
Barry Sonnenfeld
Music
John Lurie
Other
Bette Midler, Harvey Keitel, Penny Marshall
Producer
Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Graham Place, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jersey Films, MGM Home Entertainment

Awards

Golden Globes 1996: Actor--Mus./Comedy (Travolta).

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