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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.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.