Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Best of Elmore Leonard: Books, Film, Television

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Get Shorty
While Glitz might be the book that put Leonard on the map, the author thought that the film version of his novel Get Shorty was his real breakthrough into the public consciousness. The film, released in 1995, had a screenplay written by Scott Frank, and was based on Leonard's 1990 novel of the same name. ALthough many of Leonard's books have been adapted into films, this version is impressive because it successfully streamlined one of Leonard's famously complicated plots without sacrificing any of the twists and turns that are Leonard's hallmarks. Plus? It's just really funny, and has excellent turns from both Dennis Farina and James Gandolfini, both of whom also passed away this year. Aaahh. It might really be time to re-watch this movie.

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