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He meets a few more interesting people, among them more criminals, a movie star, several producers and agents and a gorgeous ex-scream queen. When someone asks Chili who the protagonist is, Chili is shocked that it’s not apparent that the loan shark is the good guy because to him it’s obvious that he’s the hero of this story. The attempt to reference pop culture as it was in the 1990s seemed forced and a caricature of all things considered “hip” at the end of the 20th century.

Chasing a bad debt leads him to the bright lights of Hollywood – and to a true story that would make a great movie. Rather than go into character portrayals, plot lines and story that are different from the film, suffice it to say it's a deep chasm. Something that was peppered throughout the text, that readers will piece together in bits slowly, was turned into a final reveal at the end of the movie. Of course, the ultimate fitting end to Leonard’s satirizing of Hollywood is that this was eventually turned into a hit film.

He's pitching his hopefully last (and current) loan assignment as a movie, though he's got no script and doesn't know the ending. The coat incident earns Chili a visit from Bones, who takes a couple of shots at him before Chili creases the dumbbell's skull with a bullet from his . Earlier this month I read Leonard's "Out of Sight," which was also a delight, and I picked up "Get Shorty" because I had enjoyed the movie version. Like many of Leonard’s novels Get Shorty has been adapted into a film and I decided that it would be a good idea to read the book before watching an adaption, unlike the case with the Raylan Givens novels, as to which I saw Justified first, and when I inevitably get around to reading the novel that inspired Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, it will be a similar story.

Harry Zimm is a has-been pulp-horror film director trying to get a new project off the ground with finances from insalubrious sources. It’s no surprise that so many of Leonard’s books have been snapped up for big-screen adaptations ( Freaky Deaky, Jackie Brown, Hombre and, of course, Get Shorty, to name just a few). Photograph: Allstar/MGM View image in fullscreen Rene Russo and John Travolta in the 1995 film of Get Shorty, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Chili will ultimately end up in Hollywood, pitching Harry Zimm the story of the dry cleaner, which is a story the author himself invented. That brought the movie star all the way back with questions in his eyes, sitting up, interested in the real stuff.Chili Palmer is a small time loan shark in Miami who once got into a beef with another gangster, Ray Barboni, who has held a grudge against him. Elmore Leonard wrote the book based on his experiences with Hollywood, and there are some good jokes made about actors and producers. He brings such a light touch to violence and crime; the writing is so good you don't even notice that there's writing. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

The book follows Chili Palmer, a Miami loan shark with a talent for making a slow pay come across by saying just three words. Not only is it very meta being a fictional story written about a fictional story about writing a fictional story, it has an amusing plot full of amusing and stereotypical classic characters. A major Hollywood film starring John Travolta, GET SHORTY has also been adapted for TV with Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano . Mafioso Ernesto “Chili” Palmer is a character right out of mobster central casting except he is the real deal, that is, a character in ‘Get Shorty’ who is a fictional ‘real’ loan shark living in Florida. This novel is the first appearance (to my knowledge) of “Chili Palmer” who also appears in Elmore Leonard’s novel Be Cool.The airline awarded Fay a three-hundred thousand dollar settlement, which Leo disappeared with, most likely to Las Vegas, his dream travel destination. In exchange for seeing how a movie is put together, Chili agrees to sit in on a meeting with the limo guys to back them off Harry for a while, but Harry proves a lot dumber and Bo Catlett a lot smarter than Chili hoped for things to be that easy. I sometimes think that a novel of this weight (not heavy) might as well just be seen as a film and reading time better spent on something more substantial, but that isn't the case here.

Featuring extraordinary illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and an exclusive introduction by Janina Ramirez, each of the 750 numbered copies has been signed by both contributors. He attempts to assist Harry in getting the loan sharks off his back while suggesting that he has a great idea for a movie of his own. Seamus Heaney’s deeply felt interpretation, widely acknowledged as the greatest Beowulf translation of modern times, is presented in parallel with the Old English verse in this fabulous Folio edition. But his streak of unparalleled perfection came in the Reagan era: City Primeval (1980), Split Images (1981), Cat Chaser (1982), Stick (1983), LaBrava (1983), Glitz (1985), Bandits (1987), Freaky Deaky (1988), Killshot (1989), and the Everest at the end of it all, Get Shorty (1990). A murder, a plane crash, a random mugging that wasn’t actually random, a heist that implodes, a child gone missing – these are staple inciting incidents of a lot of crime fiction.The movie is not only a stellar entertainment, but ended a forty-odd year dry spell in which Hollywood seemed unable or unwilling to balance the explosiveness of Leonard's violence with the sweetness of his characters and their casual, often hilarious, dialogue. But Get Shorty gets nothing as right as it does the childlike love most of the people in the movie business have for movies themselves. Firstly, the film had exceptional casting – I cannot unsee John Travolta as Chili Palmer, which helped its case.

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