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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
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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 ...
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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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Write it. Live it. But try not to be it. See more »


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Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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Mike Hodges always wanted Mickey Rooney for the role of Preston Gilbert, but did also consider Elisha Cook Jr. for the part for a time until Rooney committed to the film. 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 »

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Mickey King: Then I read in The Guiness Book of Records about Erle Stanley Gardner, the world's fastest writer, who can dictate up to the rate of 10,000 words a day. That was for me. None of that romantic stuff with a typewriter. I had better uses for those two particular fingers.
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All the credits are displayed as they were being written with a typewriter (the main character is a writer). See more »

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Remembrance
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Music by Antonio Melfi
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A Comedy Treat
19 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film confounded those who were expecting a performance from Caine that echoed the 'hard man of few words' character which he mastered in Get Carter only one year before Pulp. Some saw it as playing his recent success for laughs, but when viewed separate from Get Carter, the jokes still stand up. The sense of farce builds and the sinister setting and plot twists move the story along without breaking the essential flow. Much of the comedy comes from well delivered one liners parodying the pulp novelist, so often seen today but done well for the first time in this film, but the understated "black slapstick" and the stoic character portrayed by Caine have much comedic value. The main reason this film is little known now is that it never quite fit into a genre very well. The only advice I can offer is to watch the film without Caine preconceptions and let the laughs come.


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