A seedy writer of sleazy pulp novels is recruited by a quirky, reclusive ex-actor to help him write his biography at his house in Malta.

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Mickey King
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Preston Gilbert
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Ben Dinuccio
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Betty Cippola
Nadia Cassini ...
Liz
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The Englishman
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Miller
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Marcovic
Amerigo Tot ...
Partisan
Robert Sacchi ...
The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ...
Typing Pool Manager
Joe Zammit Cordina ...
The Beautiful Thing
Luciano Pigozzi ...
Clairvoyant
Maria Cumani Quasimodo ...
Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio ...
1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)
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Michael King is a seedy writer of sleazy pulp genre novels under a half dozen sensational pseudonyms whose ambition is to dictate 10,000 words per minute to stenographers a la Earle Stanley Gardner. He's recruited by the agent of Preston Gilbert, a quirky ex-Hollywood star currently living reclusively in exile in Malta, to help him write his biography. Despite being pursued by an enigmatic hit man, Gilbert has a large entourage of eccentrics and remains an inveterate practical joker. After Gilbert is eventually murdered by an apparent priest, King tries to stay alive himself while interacting with a variety of idiosyncratic characters including an ersatz princess, a henpecked clairvoyant, and a cross-dressing hit man. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Pulp means paperback books and pulverized bodies. Mickey King writes pulp, lives pulp and very soon could be pulp. See more »


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November 1972 (USA)  »

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Mickey Rooney's brown sedan is a 1953 Chrysler Windsor. See more »

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In his narration, Michael Caine claims that five people were in their graves, as a result of the proceedings of the movie, but there were actually six: Preston Gilbert; the singer at Preston's banquet; the accordionist at the banquet; the servant at the poolside shooting ("the projectionist," according to Nadia Cassini); the old Italian who directed Caine to the beach; and of course, Jack Miller. See more »

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Mickey King: [voiceover] The whole town seemed to be in the grip of a fatal disease: lockjaw.
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References Boys Town (1938) See more »

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O Sole Mio
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Written by Eduardo Di Capua
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A quirky movie which deserves a wider audience.
5 September 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

While Hodges and Caine's 'Get Carter' has long since become a classic movie, it's follow up, 'Pulp' has been largely forgotten about. This is a shame, as, on it's on its own terms, and 'Pulp' is as rich a film. Like the previous movie, 'Pulp' is influenced by such noir writers as Chandler, Hammett and MacDonald (all three are referenced during the film), however, the big difference lies is the amount of comedy used. The first half is full of comic moments and (even though it does turn darker) comedy is ever-present.

Most obviously, it's in the way the movie parodies such clichés as voice overs (people who complain of it's over use are, I think, missing the point, as the tension between King's voice over and the actual events help give the movie it's kick).

Michael Caine's 'Micky King', is light-years away from his role as the vengeful 'Jack Carter', slightly pathetic, constantly trying to keep up with the plot, is an enjoyable performance, as is Mickey Rooney's over the hill movie star.

The 'Loaded' generation who took 'Carter' into their hearts are never, ever going to understand this movie, but in its own quirky way, it's up there with such key 'seventies movies as 'The Long Goodbye' or 'Chinatown'.


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