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MPAA Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • There is no onscreen sex other than the brief glimpse of Wallace getting raped. No nudity in this movie.
  • Lots of sexual dialogue for characters, such as the word "fuck", as in the sexual intercouse term, and other references with sexual terms.
  • Butch is seen waist up when gets out of the shower.
  • Butch is seen shirtless in the back of a taxi.
  • Butch and his girlfriend kiss before Butch moves offscreen. Then the scene cuts. This whole thing last only a few seconds.
  • A man rapes Wallace while a second man watches. No nudity. Brief, but still clear what happens.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a conversation in a taxi between Butch and the driver, where it is stated that Butch killed a boxer by accident.
  • There is intense violence throughout this movie like any of his movies.
  • Brett is shot several times and screams as a result. The scene is shown again later in the film showing the bullet wounds. Not too graphic.
  • Mia snorts heroin mistaking it for cocaine, and blood streams down her nostril for a few seconds. She later gets a large shot of adrenaline.
  • A man intentionally drives into another man; the scene ends quickly and no gore is shown.
  • A man chases another and shoots at him several times (but misses); he accidentally shoots an innocent woman showing her bullet wound for less than a second. The pursued man has much blood on his face.
  • A man is pistol-whipped.
  • A man is shot in the groin by a shotgun. The man writhes in pain, and there is some blood.
  • Marvin is shot in the face accidentally (and very suddenly. His actual face is not seen, but you can see blood spray. Most graphic scene, but the blood isn't that realistic)
  • A couple other people get shot with no blood.
  • There is a chase scene. The chase ends up with a violent car crash. Butch is seen with blood and headaches while Marsellus is chasing after him.


  • Frequent strong language including (but not limited to) lots of uses of the word f**k, and frequently uses of the n-word.
  • 265 uses of the F-word.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some cigarette smoking
  • High level drug use
  • Mia intends to snort what she thinks is cocaine, but it's actually heroin. She then has an adrenaline shot jabbed into her heart and it saves her life.
  • A man injects heroin. We see the needle go in.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes in this movie are very disturbing
  • The rape scene, whilst being very short, could be considered disturbing. In fact, a lot of people who watched the film, called the infamous rape scene as the most disturbing scene and moment in the entire film.
  • Pulp Fiction very much has the tone of a black comedy, and many may therefore not be all that disturbed by its violence.
  • The film is a mixture between action film, crime film, thriller and comedy.


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Violence & Gore

  • Vincent Vega is shot multiple times by Butch after exiting a bathroom; he is later shown dead in the tub. There are moderate amounts of blood on the bathroom door and on Vincent's suit.

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