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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #8 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 63 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Pumpkin
Amanda Plummer ... Honey Bunny
Laura Lovelace ... Waitress
John Travolta ... Vincent Vega
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jules Winnfield
Phil LaMarr ... Marvin
Frank Whaley ... Brett
Burr Steers ... Roger
Bruce Willis ... Butch Coolidge
Ving Rhames ... Marsellus Wallace
Paul Calderon ... Paul
Bronagh Gallagher ... Trudi
Rosanna Arquette ... Jody
Eric Stoltz ... Lance
Uma Thurman ... Mia Wallace
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Storyline

Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. Written by Soumitra

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,311,882, 16 October 1994

Gross USA:

$107,928,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$214,179,088
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Voted number nine in Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time (September 2008). See more »

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(at around 2h 10 mins) When they are at Monster Joe's used auto parts, The Wolf is walking to his car, and there are 4 vehicles parked on the left - a truck, a yellow VW bug, a 2nd truck, and another car. But when The Wolf gets in his car and jets off, the 2 vehicles behind the VW are replaced by 2 other vehicles parked further away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pumpkin: Forget it. Too risky. I'm through doing that shit.
Yolanda: You always say that. That same thing every time, "I'm through, never again, too dangerous".
Pumpkin: I know that's what I always say. I'm always right, too.
Yolanda: But you forget about it in a day or two.
Pumpkin: Yeah, well the days of me forgetting are over, and the days of me remembering have just begun.
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The opening credits end with Produced by Lawrence Bender. Usually movies end opening credits with the Director's credit, however Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino starts the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Most network television prints eliminate (or at least blank out) profanity and dialogue to an absurd degree. For example, the aftermath of the scene where Vincent shoots Marvin by accident is replaced by a fade to black and a John Travolta sound-alike saying "Oh man I just shot Marvin in the face", and Butch's profane outburst in the hotel room is silenced (both making his physical rage unintentionally comical and neutralizing the actual punchline, "It's not your fault."). See more »

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Teenagers In Love
Written by William Rosenauer
Performed by Woody Thorne
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
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Damn Near Perfect
11 August 2019 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

I just finished watching Pulp Fiction

Tarantino nails his screenplay again. This type of talent is not taught at a screenwriting class. You either have it or you do not. Sadly too many people are making movies today, who do not have it, and there are too few talents like Tarantino.

Too many movies these days just seem to say things to advance the plot. The dialogue here is genius, brilliantly funny (you laugh at the dialogue, even though he does not seem to be going for a laugh) and no two characters sound the same, everyone has their own way of talking. I'm appreciating the dialogue so much more watching them again.

I think this was the first time I watched a movie that was so non linear. I think everything I had watched before this went from A to B with possibly a flashback explaining something. This changed everything!! After this we had great movies like The Usual Suspects and Monento. But it is not just the structure to Pulp Fiction that makes it great, it does not put a foot wrong.

Whilst this movie revived John Travolta's career, it's Samuel L Jackson who steals the show. Every time I watch the movie I think he should have won the Oscar. Then I watch Ed Wood, and think Martin Landau deserved it. My opinion on this one, really comes down to which of the two movies I last watched.

Harvey Kieren (in his second Tarantino flick) is great as Winston Wolf (I really wish he did not parody this role in tv ads) Tim Roth (also in his second Tarantino flick) and Amanda Plummer fun and I can not believe I never noticed it was Steve Buscemi (also in his second Tarantino flick) as the waiter Buddy Holly at Jack Rabbit Slim's.

Pulp Fiction was a massive hit. It grossed $107 million (against an $8 million budget) At the domestic box office to end the year, as the 10th highest grossing movie of the year.


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