Pulp Fiction (1994)
- Could it be Elvis's gold suit, seen worn by Val Kilmer (as Elvis) in True Romance (1993)?
- The most persistent theory is that it is Marcellus Wallace's soul. The story goes that when the Devil takes a person's soul, it is removed through the back of the head. When we see the back of Marcellus's head he has a Band-Aid covering the precise spot indicated by tradition for soul removal. Perhaps Marcellus sold his soul to the devil which would also explain why the combination to open the briefcase is 666.
- Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace's neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus's soul... but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up.
- According to Roger Avary, who co-wrote the script with Quentin Tarantino, the original plan was to have the briefcase contain diamonds (urban legend has it that they were the diamonds from Resevoir Dogs). This seemed neither exciting nor original, so Avary and Tarantino decided to have the briefcase's contents never appear on screen; this way each film-goer could mentally "fill in the blank" with whatever struck his or her imagination as best fitting the description "so beautiful". The orange light bulb (projecting shimmering light onto the actors' faces) was a last-minute decision and added a completely unintended fantastic element.
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, William Petersen, Jason Patric, Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Sean Penn, Tim Roth, Dennis Quaid, Robert Carradine, Aidan Quinn.
Jules: Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Charles S. Dutton, Michael Beach.
Butch: Matt Dillon, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Aidan Quinn, Johnny Depp.
Fabienne: Irène Jacob, Maria de Medeiros, Julie Delpy, Elina Löwensohn, Emmanuelle Béart.
Winston Wolf: Harvey Keitel, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Danny DeVito, Samuel L. Jackson, Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michael Parks, Charles S. Dutton.
Lance: John Cusack, Eric Stoltz, Michael Keaton, Christian Slater, Gary Oldman, Robert Carradine, Bill Paxton, Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Roberts.
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, Alfre Woodard, Jennifer Beals, Pam Grier, Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, N'Bushe Wright, Jasmine Guy, Angela Bassett, Annette O'Toole, Debra Winger, Robin Wright, Cynda Williams, 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, Ken Foree, Sid Haig, James Iglehart, Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Carl Weathers, Roger E. Mosley, Max Julien, Tony Todd, Bill Duke, Delroy Lindo, Charles S. Dutton.
Esmeralda Villalobos: Angela Jones, Maria de Medeiros, Angel Aviles.
Maynard: Chris Penn, Bruce Campbell, Jon Polito, Darwin Joston, Sid Haig, Frank Doubleday, Jesse Vint, Craig Hamann, James Parks, Tony Todd.
Zed: Christopher Jones, Sean Penn, Michael Parks, Craig Hamann.