TV-Tipp für den 3. Mai: Schnappt Shorty

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Schnappt Shorty (USA 1995, R.: Barry Sonnenfeld)

Drehbuch: Scott Frank

LV: Elmore Leonard: Get Shorty, 1990 (Schnappt Shorty)

Musik: John Lurie

Produktion: u. a. Danny DeVito

Ein Mafia-Geldeintreiber aus Miami gerät in Hollywood an einen drittklassigen Filmproduzenten. Der Geldeintreiber möchte, dass sein Leben verfilmt wird. Aber diese Hollywood-Fritzen sind irgendwie anders.

Köstliche Leonard-Verfilmung über den Zusammenprall zweier Welten: eiskalter Profikiller trifft auf die Hollywood-Schickeria.

Mit John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina, Delroy Lindo, James Gandolfini, Martin Ferrero, Miguel Sandoval, Harvey Keitel, Bette Midler

Von Elmore Leonards Homepage: „With Get Shorty Hollywood finally did right by Elmore and put his ´sound´ on the screen and not just his plots. In Scott Frank´s screenplay, the lines in the movie were delivered just the way that they were written, seriously, without reaction. The fact that many lines were funny, labeled Get Shorty a comedy, and helped make it a box-office hit. The story is about Chili Palmer, (John Travolta) who is ´fired´ by his unstable loanshark boss, Ray Bones (Dennis Farina). Ray sends Chili to Vegas to collect a bad debt, and a casino boss there enlists Chili to find an even bigger deadbeat: Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), a Hollywood producer of low-budget horror films. In Hollywood, Chili meets Harry, as well as his scream-queen leading lady, Karen Flores (Rene Russo); Harry’s drug-dealing financier, Bo Catlett (Delroy Lindo), and his muscle, Bear (James Gandolfini). ´Shorty´ is Karen’s ex, Martin Weir (Danny DeVito), a big star with a giant ego. Chili learns that being a wiseguy helped when you wanted to produce movies. Get Shorty was win, win, win. Everything worked perfectly. The film had a winning combination in Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films, screenwriter Scott Frank and Director Barry Sonnenfeld. Everybody liked Elmore´s work and wanted to put it on the screen – the right way. Elmore was on the set four days in Beverly Hills. A couple of times, Barry came over after the shot and asked him what he thought, and if he had any suggestions. Elmore was surprised and tickled a little that a director would ask the book writer his opinion.“

Hinweise

Homepage von Elmore Leonard

Meine Besprechung von Elmore Leonards „Up in Honey’s Room“ (2007)

Meine Besprechung von Elmore Leonards „Gangsterbraut“ (The hot Kid, 2005)

Meine Besprechung von Elmore Leonards „Callgirls“ (Mr. Paradise, 2004)

Mein Porträt „Man nennt ihn Dutch – Elmore Leonard zum Achtzigsten“ erschien im „Krimijahrbuch 2006“

Meine Besprechung der Leonard-Verfilmung „Sie nannten ihn Stick“ (Stick, USA 1983)

Elmore Leonard in der Kriminalakte

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