- Original title
- Running time
- 105 min.
- United States
Scott Frank (Novel: Elmore Leonard)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Jersey Films
Comedy. Thriller | Crime. Satire. Mafia. Film In Film. Black Comedy
- Movie Groups
Elmore Leonard Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Chili Palmer, a Miami mobster, loan-sharks for Ray Bones, a violent thug with a big chip on his shoulder. Ray sends Chili to Vegas after a bad debt, and a casino boss enlists Chili to find an even bigger deadbeat: Harry Zimm, Hollywood player and producer of low-budget horror films. In Tinseltown, Chili meets Harry, as well as his scream-queen leading lady, Karen Flores; Harry's drug-dealing financier, Bo Catlett; and Karen's ex, Martin Weir (aka "Shorty"), a big star with an ego to match. Chili finds his Mafioso skills lend themselves quite nicely to what he's always really wanted to do: producing movies.
: Golden Globes: Best Actor - Comedy/Musical (John Travolta). 3 nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (John Travolta)
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Performance by a Cast
: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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