The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his 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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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

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Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character. 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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Trivia

When the hit in the apartment takes place and individual images are seen of Vincent and Jules firing their guns, both images are superimposed with a flash of that same yellow-orange glow as is emanated by the briefcase. Other than this possibly representing the dark divine blessing of their keeping faith with their evil lord Wallace, no indication is given of what this represents. Due to the starling effect of the barrage of gunfire being pointed close to the camera, most viewers of the film miss this orange flash, even after multiple viewings. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) At Jack Rabbit Slim's, after taking a few bites of her burger, just before they go out to dance, the burger Mia is holding is whole again. 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

Long Haired Yuppie Scum - Lawrence Bender See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian DVD version is a slightly cut television version that omits some footage showing Marcellus Wallace being sodomized by Zed. See more »

Connections

Edited into You're Still Not Fooling Anybody (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Surf Rider
Written by Bob Bogle, Nole Edwards, Don Wilson
Performed by The Lively Ones
Courtesy of Del-Fi Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Rhino Records
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A Masterpiece
20 December 2020 | by ValtzySee all my reviews

In my humble opinion, I believe that this is Tarentino's finest movie. As I grew older and older I've come to realize that this masterpiece from the 90s aged like fine wine. It's easily one of the most rewatchable movies considering it's filled with an insane amount of quotables, great cinematography and most importantly, charming characters that will stand the test of time.

I truly believe that this movie is a work of art, the way Tarentino handpicked the songlist for the soundtrack helped elevate every single scene of the movie to a whole new level.

To cut this short, this movie is easily one of the best movies ever made, and my personal favorite movie and I urge anyone who hasn't seen it to give it a shot.


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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, 16 October 1994

Gross USA:

$107,928,762

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,928,762
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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