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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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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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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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14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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

When Butch is seen relaxing in the hotel, right after the boxing match, there is a movie being shown on the room's television. The movie is The Losers (1970). 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.58 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Fred Wise, Milton Leeds, Bob Russell, and Nicholas Roubanis
Performed by Dick Dale (as Dick Dale & His Del-Tones)
Courtesy of Rhino Records
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The rebirth of a genre – and film history
24 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I can only speak for myself, but I had never seen anything as stylish, cleverly constructed, well written and electrifying as this milestone when I first saw it in 1994. What really pulled me in right from the start is what we've now come to know as a Tarantino trademark: the dialogue. When gangsters Jules and Vincent talk to each other (or all the other characters, for that matter) there is a natural flow, a sense of realism and yet something slightly over the top and very theatrical about their lines – it's a mixture that immediately grabs your attention (even if it's just two dudes talking about what kind of hamburger they prefer, or contemplating the value of a foot-massage). Then there's the music: the songs Tarantino chose for his masterpiece fit their respective scenes so perfectly that most of those pieces of music are now immediately associated with 'Pulp Fiction'. And the narrative: the different story lines that come together, the elegantly used flashbacks, the use of "chapters" – there is so much playful creativity at play here, it's just a pure joy to watch.

If you're a bit of a film geek, you realize how much knowledge about film and love for the work of other greats – and inspiration from them - went into this (Leone, DePalma, Scorsese and, of course, dozens of hyper-stylized Asian gangster flicks), but to those accusing Tarantino of copying or even "stealing" from other film-makers I can only say: There has never been an artist who adored his kind of art that was NOT inspired or influenced by his favorite artists. And if you watch Tarantino's masterpiece today, it's impossible not to recognize just what a breath of fresh air it was (still is, actually). Somehow, movies - especially gangster films - never looked quite the same after 'Pulp Fiction'. Probably the most influential film of the last 20 years, it's got simply everything: amazing performances (especially Sam Jackson); it features some of the most sizzling, iconic dialogue ever written; it has arguably one of the best non-original soundtracks ever - it's such a crazy, cool, inspirational ride that you feel dizzy after watching it for the first time. It's – well: it's 'Pulp Fiction'. 10 stars out of 10.

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