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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #8 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 63 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Pumpkin
Amanda Plummer ... Honey Bunny
Laura Lovelace ... Waitress
John Travolta ... Vincent Vega
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jules Winnfield
Phil LaMarr ... Marvin
Frank Whaley ... Brett
Burr Steers ... Roger
Bruce Willis ... Butch Coolidge
Ving Rhames ... Marsellus Wallace
Paul Calderon ... Paul
Bronagh Gallagher ... Trudi
Rosanna Arquette ... Jody
Eric Stoltz ... Lance
Uma Thurman ... Mia Wallace
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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 fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. Written by Soumitra

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

I don't smile for pictures. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,311,882, 14 October 1994

Gross USA:

$107,928,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,928,762
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the end of the film, Jules says he wants to retire and become a drifter. In Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Samuel L. Jackson turned up as Rufus, a piano playing drifter. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Butch opens the door of the Apt/Condo with a Brass Kwikset key, he turns the key clockwise, which in fact would actually lock the doorknob. Turning it counter clockwise unlocks a Kwikset entry lockset. 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 coffee shop manager in the robbery scene at the end is credited as "Coffee Shop" because he is cut off as he speaks: "I am not a hero, I'm just a coffee shop--" See more »

Alternate Versions

The network television version makes the following alterations:
  • Dubbed dialogue in Pumpkin and Honey Bunny's opening conversation
  • Omission of the entire scene after Vincent and Jules get off the elevator talking about foot massages
  • Omission of a part of the drug transaction scene starting with Vincent's discussion of how his car was keyed
  • Omission of the "shooting-up" sequence
  • The audio of Uma Thurman snorting cocaine as "Son of a Preacher Man" plays is absent
  • Inclusion of the "Mia Wallace" interview scene
  • Omission of the scene where Vincent finds Mia in her overdosed condition
  • Omission of the "oral pleasure" scene
  • When Butch opens the door to reveal the sodomy of Marsellus, an image of Maynard has been superimposed to prevent from seeing Zed's actual thrusting
  • Omission of the entire scene where Jules and Vincent argue after blowing Marvin's head off (both in the car and in Jimmy's bathroom)
  • Omission of the entire scene of Jules and Vincent cleaning up the back of the car
  • Among the list of words cut out: all variations of "fuck", "shit", "God damn", and "nigger". The use of the word "bitch" is permitted in some cases ("Does he look like a bitch?") but not in others ("Tell that bitch ['babe' in the TV version] to be cool!")
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Connections

References Rock All Night (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Flowers On The Wall
Written by Lew DeWitt (as Lewis DeWitt)
Performed by The Statler Brothers
Courtesy of Mercury/Nashville
By Arrangement With Polygram Special Markets
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Hands down, the best film of the '90s.
2 August 1998 | by verbal-15See all my reviews

Pulp Fiction, despite borrowing from just about every movie ever made, is the most invigorating cinema experience a filmgoer can ever hope for. Its hodgepodge of violence, mayhem, and generally deviant behavior is an assault on the senses, not to mention political correctness. However, despite all the film's cleverness and style, it hinges on the performance put forth by Samuel L. Jackson as Jules. The fact that he was denied an Oscar is a downright shame. Martin Landau, the best supporting actor winner that year, was terrific and funny in Ed Wood, but Jackson was perhaps the most commanding screen presence in film history as the bible-quoting, godfearing hitman. The last scene in the coffee shop with Tim Roth still sends chills down my spine, no matter how many times I've seen it. Rumors of a prequel involving Jules and Vincent (John Travolta) have been floating around lately. If Quentin Tarantino wishes to regain the fans he lost with the dissapointing (but still pretty good) Jackie Brown, he should get to work right away. I'll be the first in line to see the finished product.


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