Loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is the very essence of cool. But he has his smooth demeanor tested when he is sent to Los Angeles to collect a debt from schlock-meister producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman). Instead of getting rough with Harry, Chili takes a shine to Hollywood and his no nonsense approach endears himto superstar Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) and Harry's squeeze Karen (Rene Russo). Now Chili needs to help Harry out of his mess with the local mob run by Catlett (Delroy Lindo) and get Harry to star in a new movie. Terrific fun in a smart adaptation of Elmore Leonard's hit novel.