A mobster travels to Hollywood to collect a debt, and discovers that the movie business is much the same as his current job.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito
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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.