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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Englishman
Amerigo Tot ...
The Bogeyman (as Roberto Sacchi)
Giulio Donnini ...
Typing Pool Manager
The Beautiful Thing
Office Manageress (as Maria Quasimodo)
Liù Bosisio ...
1st Typist (as Liu Bosisio)


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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3 May 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Memoirs of a Ghostwriter  »

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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 »


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 »


Mickey King: [voiceover] The whole town seemed to be in the grip of a fatal disease: lockjaw.
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Brilliant Film
31 December 2005 | by 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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