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Get Shorty

Released 1995
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

1994’s Pulp Fiction rejuvenated John Travolta’s career and his winning streak continued with the following year’s Get Shorty, a two-pronged satire of mobsters and movie stars. Travolta plays Chili Palmer who travels to Tinseltown to collect on a gambling debt and ends up as a different kind of goodfella. Barry Sonnenfeld directed from Elmore Leonard’s novel and surrounds Travolta with a dream team including Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and… James Gandolfini.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.