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Pulp (1972)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  November 1972 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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The original title was "Memoirs of a Ghostwriter". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mickey King: You like being the wife of a politician, kissing babies and all that bit?
Princess Betty Cippola: I don't stop at babies.
Mickey King: Are you trying to canvas me, princess?
Princess Betty Cippola: [laughs] I can always use a floating voter.
Mickey King: But I don't have a title.
Princess Betty Cippola: King's good enough. Come up to my castle sometime. This weekend's fine with me.
Liz Adams: [cattily] Betty, What special qualities do you need to be a princess?
Princess Betty Cippola: Only one - I'm very good in bed.
Preston Gilbert: So I've been told.
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and introducing NADIA CASSINI See more »

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References The Flying Nun (1967) See more »

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African Mood
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Music by Hugo de Groot
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Brilliant Film
31 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After making the greatest gangster film Get Carter, it was probably was going to be hard for Mike Hodges and the team behind Get Carter, to accomplished a film better than Get Carter.

Wisely Hodges decided to make a film that wasn't gangster flick. Pulp is a quirky eccentric film. Caine is great as the pulp writer, along with Mickey Rooney as an ex actor. One things I like to mention is the music by George Martin, producer of all the brilliant Beatles songs, creates a memorable soundtrack.

Pulp remained me of Hodges later film Croupier which deals with a struggling writer, I would recommend Pulp to anyone whose a Mike Hodges fan.


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