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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.

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Top Rated Movies #8 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 62 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Pulp Fiction is a movie starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman. Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are two hit men on the hunt for a briefcase whose contents were stolen from their boss, Marsellus Wallace. They run into a few unexpected detours along the road. Marsellus is out of town, and he's gotten Vincent to take care of his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman). Things go smoothly until one of them makes a huge error.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pumpkin
... Honey Bunny
... Waitress
... Vincent Vega
... Jules Winnfield
... Marvin
... Brett
... Roger
... Butch Coolidge
... Marsellus Wallace
... Paul
... Trudi
... Jody
... Lance
... 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

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From the creators of 'True Romance' & 'Reservoir Dogs' 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 »

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Mask  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

As Quentin Tarantino filmed Christopher Walken's cameo on the last day of filming, Walken reportedly didn't get to meet any of his illustrious co-stars. However, in The Prophecy (1995), Walken co-starred with Eric Stoltz. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Vincent leaves Butch's bathroom, the handle on the door disappears. 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 »


Soundtracks

Ole, Ole
(uncredited)
Music by David Snell
Published by Bruton Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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Great director. Great story. Great characters. A masterpiece
4 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Tarantino is without a doubt one of the best directors of all time and maybe the best of the 90's. His first film, Reservoir Dogs was amazing and claustrophobic, his segment in Four Rooms was by far the greatest (even though Rodriguez's was excellent too)and Jackie Brown is a wonderful homage to the Blaxploitation films of the 70's. However, Pulp Fiction remains my favourite.

It was nominated for so many Oscars that I still find it hard to believe that it only got one: Best original script. I'm not complaining because Forrest Gump got best picture, since that film was also Oscar-worthy, but come on, movies like Tarantino's or the Shawshank Redemption deserved much more.

Anyway, going back to the movie, I particularly liked the first and second chapters, and that's really a contradiction because one of the movie's finest characters, Mr. Wolf, appears on the third. Bruce Willis also does a great job, and as far as I'm concerned he fell in love with the movie right after having read the script. I like the way his character gives a "tough guy" image at the beginning and then we discover he's so affectionate and tender to his wife. Travolta is obviously the star of the movie and his second encounter with Bruce Willis in the kitchen along with the scene where he dances with Uma Thurman is when the movie reaches it's highest point.

The other star is Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a wise assassin that obviously knows how to handle situations. "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger..." is my favourite quote.

Summarizing, Pulp Fiction is a modern classic and a must-see for anyone who is at least aware of what a movie is. I give it a 9 out of 10.


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