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Pulp (1972)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1973 (Sweden)
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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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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Spike Milligan wrote a letter to producer Michael Klinger following a TV screening of " Pulp " in 1977. Milligan was considering sending a missive to Animal Cruelty organisations until he was reassured that a pig hunting scene involved no actual harm to the pigs. 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] My full name is Chester Thomas King, although most people call me Mickey, for reasons I won't go into. You may have read some of my early works - not that you'd know them. My publisher didn't see "Chester Thomas King" as the name of a best-selling author. He preferred such authors as "Guy Strange," "Gary Rough," "Dan Wild," and "Les Behan". I was all those, and others.
Mickey King: [voiceover continues] I was co-authors "Susan Eager" and "Paul S. Cumming," the newly-discovered Indian writer, "Dr. ...
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The words "The End" are 'incorrectly' typed and appear as "The Enf1/2". See more »

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Music by Hugo de Groot
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Enterprising mix of thrills, intrigue and black comedy
4 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

A pulp novelist (Michael Caine) goes to Italy to ghost the autobiography of an old time Hollywood film gangster (Mickey Rooney), but maybe not everyone wants to see the book written?

One of these films that was under regarded upon release, but has more going for it than you might imagine. The real Italian locations and Caine's dry understated voice-over play well against the gags and situations. Rooney sends himself up something rotten as a George Raft style figure; and we keep on watching wanting to know how it all turns out.

While far short of a classic, I got dragged in and was very well entertained during its 90 minutes. However it's slow nature and lack of pyrotechnics might alienate the modern audience. Worth giving a go with if it is playing on late night TV, especially if you like a bit of black humour.


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