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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

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Storyline

Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his weight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. Written by Soumitra

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£4,243,233 (UK) (11 November 1994)

Gross:

$107,930,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to a leaked document, the shortlist of casting choices for a number of characters is as follows: Pumpkin: Tim Roth, Johnny Depp, Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, Nicolas Cage, Eric Stoltz, John Cusack. Honey Bunny: Amanda Plummer, Patricia Arquette, Lili Taylor, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Marisa Tomei. Vincent Vega: Michael Madsen, John Travolta, Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, Jason Patric, Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, Tim Roth. Jules: Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Charles S. Dutton. Butch: Matt Dillon, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp. Fabienne: Irène Jacob, Maria de Medeiros, Julie Delpy, Emmanuelle Béart. Winston Wolf: Harvey Keitel, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito, Samuel L. Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, Christopher Walken, Charles S. Dutton. Lance: John Cusack, Eric Stoltz, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Bill Paxton, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson. Jody: Patricia Arquette, Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Beals, Pam Grier, N'Bushe Wright, Kathy Griffin, Angel Aviles, Sofia Coppola, Jasmine Guy, Tyra Ferrell, Lili Taylor, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Mia Wallace: Virginia Madsen, Marisa Tomei, Patricia Arquette, Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Angela Bassett, Debra Winger, Robin Wright, Meg Tilly. Captain Koons: Christopher Walken, Sean Penn, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Parks, William Devane, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles S. Dutton, Robert De Niro, William Petersen, Al Pacino. Marcellus Wallace: Ving Rhames, Samuel L. Jackson, Charles S. Dutton. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 29 mins) When Butch is across the street from his apartment, the building is two-stories tall. Once Butch is inside the courtyard, the building is three-stories tall. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pumpkin: Forget it. Too risky. I'm through doing that shit.
Yolanda: You always say that. That same thing every time, "I'm through, never again, too dangerous".
Pumpkin: I know that's what I always say. I'm always right, too.
Yolanda: But you forget about it in a day or two.
Pumpkin: Yeah, well the days of me forgetting are over, and the days of me remembering have just begun.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits end with Produced by Lawrence Bender. Usually movies end opening credits with the Director's credit, however Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino starts the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Armageddon (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

You Never Can Tell
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by Chuck Berry
Courtesy of MCA Records
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It's Wild, It's Chaotic, It's Pulp Fiction!!!
25 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My oh my. "Pulp Fiction" is one of those roller-coasters of a movie. It is both a joy and a trial to sit through. Amazingly original and unforgettable, Quentin Tarantino's trash masterpiece never gets old or seem outdated. It put a face on American independent film making in 1994. Miramax had been around since the 1970s and no one had heard of it before this film. Studios went into a panic when this film came out because they knew it would be an amazing hit. Of course it was. Independent film making became the rage and hit its peak in 1996 when four of the five nominated Best Picture films were from independent studios. The screenplay and direction by Tarantino are quite amazing, but the cast makes the film work. John Travolta (Oscar nominated) re-invented his career with this film. Bruce Willis cemented his celebrity. Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman (both Oscar nominees) became marketable superstars. Others who make appearances include: Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Steve Buscemi, Frank Whaley, Harvey Keitel, and of course Quentin Tarantino himself. They all leave lasting impressions as well. Samuel L. Jackson stood out the most to me, his lack of substantial screen time may have cost him the Oscar. Just an amazing accomplishment, all involved deserve recognition. Easily 5 stars out of 5.


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