The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe into Mia's chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then running the film backwards. Watch carefully and you'll see a mark on Mia's chest disappear when she's revived.
In real life, Vincent Vega's (John Travolta's) 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belonged to writer and director Quentin Tarantino, and was stolen during the production of the film. In 2013, a police officer saw two kids stripping an older car. He arrested them, and when researching the vehicle, found the VIN had been altered. It turned out that it was the car stolen off Quentin Tarantino. The owner had recently purchased it, and had no idea it was stolen.
Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.
Uma Thurman did not actually like the song that was played in the Jack Rabbit Slim's Twist Contest (Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell"), and she told Quentin Tarantino about this, saying it just did not sound right. Tarantino simply replied, "Trust me, it's perfect."
Jules' "Bad Mother Fucker" wallet belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft (1971). Samuel L. Jackson (Jules) played the title character in Shaft (2000) and Shaft (2019).
In the diner, when Mia orders her five dollar shake, Buddy Holly (the waiter, Steve Buscemi) asks her if she wants it "Martin and Lewis or Amos and Andy?" He is referring to two comedy duos, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, two white men; The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951), two black men. Basically, he is asking her if she wants a vanilla shake or a chocolate shake. She has vanilla.
Quentin Tarantino hesitated over the choice between the character he was going to play, Jimmie or Lance. He ended up choosing Jimmie's role, because he wanted to be behind the camera in Mia's overdose scene.
Jules was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs, and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on and Tarantino liked it, so it was kept.
Quentin Tarantino wrote the role of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however, it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role, as Paul.
The quote Jules uses is supposed to be from Ezekiel 25:17 in the Old Testament. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) when Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) stands by the headstone at his grave, the marker reads "THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS MAN..." EZEKIEL 25:17.
Mr. Blonde, a.k.a. Vick Vega, played by Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs (1992), is the brother of Vincent Vega. Quentin Tarantino even had a spin-off film in development, titled the "Vega Brothers", which was a prequel to both movies. This film was scrapped, because both actors were too old to play younger versions of themselves.
In an interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), John Travolta went into details of the many obstacles of tackling his role as Vincent Vega, the most challenging being that of how he was going to show the essence of his character as that of a heroin addict. Never using the drug himself, Quentin Tarantino had Travolta research his character's addiction by speaking to a recovering heroin addict that he (Quentin) knew personally. Travolta asked Tarantino's friend to tell him how could he know what it felt like to be on heroin (without actually using it, of course). Tarantino's friend explained "If you want to get the 'bottom envelope' feeling of that, get plastered on Tequila, and lie down in a hot pool. Then you will have barely touched the feeling of what it might be like to be on heroin." John Travolta then explained that he was ecstatic to tell his wife that he was "told" in order to research aspects of his upcoming roles' character, he had to get plastered on Tequila and lie in a hot pool. He stated she happily joined him at the hotel hot tub, which had shots of Tequila lined from end to end on the railings to assist him in his "research".
Speculation abounds as to the nature of the mysterious glowing contents of the case (which Tarantino said was simply a MacGuffin plot device): Could it be Elvis' gold suit, seen worn by Val Kilmer (as Elvis) in True Romance (1993)? The most persistent theory is that it is Marcellus Wallace's soul. The story goes that when the Devil takes a person's soul, it is removed through the back of the head. When we see the back of Marcellus' head he has a Band-Aid covering the precise spot indicated by tradition for soul removal. Perhaps Marcellus sold his soul to the devil which would also explain why the combination to open the briefcase is 666. Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace's neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus' soul, but that Ving Rhames had cut himself shaving, and used the band-aid to cover the cut. According to Roger Avary, who co-wrote the script with Quentin Tarantino, the original plan was to have the briefcase contain diamonds (urban legend has it that they were the diamonds from Resevoir Dogs (1992)). This seemed neither exciting nor original, so Avary and Tarantino decided to have the briefcase's contents never appear on-screen; this way, each film-goer could mentally "fill in the blank" with whatever struck his or her imagination as best fitting the description "so beautiful". The orange light bulb (projecting shimmering light onto the actors' faces) was a last-minute decision and added a completely unintended fantastic element. In a radio interview with Howard Stern in late 2003, Quentin Tarantino was asked by a caller the contents of the briefcase, and he answered, "It's whatever the viewer wants it to be."
The role of Vincent Vega was originally (and exclusively) written with Michael Madsen firmly in mind. Quentin Tarantino had been working on his script for seven months and, even though Madsen knew of Quentin's plans and had expressed his desire to play the part, Madsen had already signed up for the role of Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994), and was unable to commit to the film. He later regretted the decision.
The dance that Vince (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) perform at Jack Rabbit Slims was copied, movement by movement, from the dance performed early in Fellini's classic 8½ (1963) by Gloria Morin (Barbara Steele) and Mario Mezzabotta (Mario Pisu).
The cab driver, Esmeralda Villalobos (Angela Jones), appeared in a thirty-minute short called Curdled (1991), in which she played a character who cleaned up after murders. This makes her fascinated by the idea of murder. Quentin Tarantino saw that film and decided to include the character in this movie, but as a cabdriver.
The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mostly made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson. The first part about the righteous man and the tyranny of evil men is not real. However the second half, "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee", is a direct quote from Ezekiel 25:17. It's likely that Tarantino included it as a reference to the Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba film Karate Kiba (1976) as the quote is almost word for word from the opening scene. Tarantino has also said that he is big fan of the actor, and is therefore likely to have seen the movie.
When Vincent calls Lance on his cell phone, Lance is eating a bowl of Fruit Brute, a cereal from the older monster cereal family. Fruit Brute (which, along with Yummy Mummy, Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and Count Chocula, made up the monster cereals) was later discontinued, along with "Yummy Mummy". Quentin Tarantino has held onto a box, and drops it into scenes from time to time. It appeared in Reservoir Dogs (1992) as well.
The role of Butch was originally supposed to be an up and coming boxer. Matt Dillon was in talks to play the role, but never committed. Quentin Tarantino then changed the role, and offered it to Bruce Willis, who had been disappointed at not being signed to play Vincent.
Mia Wallace's comment "An Elvis man should love this" is a reference to a deleted scene (included in some edited for television versions) where Mia claims that everyone can be classified as either an "Elvis" (Elvis Presley) person or a "Beatles" (The Beatles) person. She bets Vincent that he is an "Elvis", and he confirms it. Tarantino says he removed the scene because of the film cliché of having one character film another with a handheld camera. It is also worth noting that Jules calls Pumpkin "Ringo", as a reference to Ringo Starr, thus making him a Beatles person.
A scene removed from the final film involved Jules trying to consider what to do, while Pumpkin and Honey Bunny rob the diner. In the scene, Jules points his gun at the bottom of the table and fires up twice, hitting Pumpkin and killing him. He then spins around and shoots Honey Bunny three times, killing her. As she falls, her gun goes off and hits the Long Haired Yuppie Scum, who dies screaming on the floor. The scene then cuts back to Jules talking to Pumpkin in the diner, revealing the shootings to have happened entirely in Jules' mind.
Quentin Tarantino had originally intended "My Sharona" (by The Knack) to be played during the Gimp torture sequence, but the rights had already been licensed to another film, Reality Bites (1994). On top of this, one of the members of the band had become a born-again Christian, and did not want the song to be associated with a scene of sexual violence.
Chronologically, the first scene in the movie has Vincent and Jules chatting in their car while on their way to do a job. The last chronological scene has Butch and Fabienne riding away from the hotel on Butch's newly acquired motorcycle (and the "last line" of the movie is therefore "Zed's dead, baby; Zed's dead.") If you count the flashback, the first scene would be when Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) visited young Butch and gave him the watch.) Scene titles: "Vince and Jules", "The Bonnie Situation", "The Diner I", "The Diner II", "Jack Rabbit Slim's", and "The Gold Watch".
When Butch is driving away from his apartment, he sings along to the song "Flowers on the Wall" which contains the lyric "Smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo. Now, don't tell me I've nothing to do." In Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Bruce Willis character John McLane says, "Don't ask me. I was home, smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo." Samuel L. Jackson was his co-star in that movie as well.
Upon the film's UK video rental release, some video stores gave away a pack of limited edition "Pulp Fiction" matches. On the back of the packet was a quote from the film "you play with matches, you get burned".
This movie and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) opened on the same date, October 14, 1994. Both were nominated for seven Academy Awards, with this movie winning for Best Original Screenplay. Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are listed in the top ten in IMDb's top 250 movies (as of March 2017).
A "KILLIANS RED" neon sign at the pawn shop is partially lit. It reads, "KILL ED". A few seconds before you see Butch pick up Zed's keys, there is a "Z" on the key chain. Put it altogether, it is "KILL ZED".
Trudi (Bronagh Gallagher) can be seen wearing a t-shirt of Irish rock band The Frames. She appeared in The Commitments (1991) with Glen Hansard, the lead singer of The Frames. They became friends, and she promised him she would wear a Frames t-shirt if she got a part in this movie. Coincidentally, in 2008, John Travolta awarded the Oscar for Best Original Song to Hansard for Once (2007).
The man who burst from the bathroom in Brett's apartment was played by the then-named Robert Arquette (whose sister, Rosanna Arquette, played Jody). However, he was listed in the credits as "Alexis Arquette", the name she later adopted after coming out as a transgender woman.
Pam Grier auditioned for the role of Lance's wife Jody. Though she had a great audition, Quentin Tarantino decided not to cast her, because he could not imagine Grier getting pushed around the way the character does.
Quentin Tarantino wrote two of the three stories before he wrote Reservoir Dogs (1992) and True Romance (1993). After the success of those films, he decided to write a third story, intending to have each segment directed by a different person.
Honey Bunny was named after an actual rabbit belonging to Linda Chen, who typed up Tarantino's handwritten script for this movie. She asked Tarantino to watch her rabbit when she went on-location. Tarantino wouldn't do it, and when the rabbit later died, he named Amanda Plummer's character after Chen's pet.
The project was originally set up at TriStar Pictures, through their production deal with Jersey Films. Upon reading the screenplay, TriStar head Mike Medavoy called it "too demented", citing discomfort with the film's violence and drug use, and put the script into turnaround. When every other studio passed in the turnaround process, executive producer Danny DeVito sent the script to Harvey Weinstein. Shortly thereafter, this became one of Miramax's first acquisitions after Disney purchased the studio for $80 million. Ever since then, Weinstein has been involved with all of Quentin Tarantino's directorial endeavors.
The board games "The Game of Life" and "Operation" are both seen on a table while Vincent and Lance are administering the adrenaline shot. In the bedroom, while Lance and his wife are yelling at each other, you can see a game called "Chauvinist Pigs".
The movie that Lance is watching when Vincent arrives with overdosed Mia is The Three Stooges short Brideless Groom (1947). Quentin Tarantino is an avid Three Stooges fan, but couldn't get the rights from Comedy III to show them in the movie. So while a Three Stooges film appears on-screen ("Brideless Groom" is public domain), the Three Stooges themselves do not. Emil Sitka, the frequent Three Stooges co-star, who does appear on-screen, is credited as "Hold hands you lovebirds".
In the diner bathroom, and in the bathroom in Butch's apartment, Vince is reading a copy of the Peter O'Donnell book "Modesty Blaise". Quentin Tarantino has expressed the desire to film a "Modesty Blaise" movie, and sponsored a direct-to-video release of the movie "My Name is Modesty".
In the scene where Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) is giving young Butch (Chandler Lindauer) the gold watch, Walken appeared to pause during the end of his explanation for the story behind the golden watch. This is because Christopher Walken had forgotten his next lines before recovering in time to make it look as though he paused on purpose. It was decided to leave this error in the film, due to how authentic it appeared.
In the script, the character of Paul the bartender (played by Paul Calderon) is referred to as "English Bob" (Jules even refers to English Bob, saying "Yeah, Winston Wolfe is about as European as fucking English Bob."), but his line "My name's Paul, and this is between y'all" apparently stuck, as he is credited as "Paul" in the credits.
Although widely regarded as John Travolta's second comeback film (Look Who's Talking (1989) was his first), it served a similar purpose for Bruce Willis, whose films outside of the Die Hard franchise had been considered disappointments (except for Look Who's Talking (1989)). His supporting roles in this film and Nobody's Fool (1994) have been credited with preventing him from losing his A-list status.
When Butch is passing by the first of two houses when he is heading toward his apartment to retrieve his watch, you can hear the advertisement for a five dollar shake at "Jack Rabbit Slim's" through one of the windows. This alludes to an earlier part of the movie when Mia gets a five dollar shake while accompanied by Vincent at "Jack Rabbit Slim's".
There is a persistent myth that all the clocks in the movie are set to 4:20 (although, certainly all the clocks on the wall in the pawn shop are set to 4:20). However, in at least two scenes, it is obvious that this is not the case. In the "Bonnie Situation", while Jimmy, Vince, and Jules are drinking coffee in the kitchen, the clock clearly reads 8:15. Secondly, when Vince and Jules go to retrieve the briefcase, it is "7:22 in the a.m." The significance of the time 4:20, is that it is slang for smoking marijuana.
This movie contains two product placements for real world products, a first for a Quentin Tarantino movie. When Esmerelda is waiting outside the arena for Butch, we can clearly see "THERMOS" on the bottom of the cup, from which she is drinking. When Mia is rolling a cigarette at home, while Vincent is in the bathroom, a package of "Drum" tobacco is on the table.
Late in the film, when they take the car to the wreckers, Mr. Wolfe playfully calls Vincent "Lash La Rue". Lash La Rue was an actor who frequently played cowboys in western movies in the 1940s and 1950s. He was particularly skilled with a bull whip, and would use it to subdue the villains.
In "The Bonnie Situation", Jules says "Kool and the Gang", the second track at the start of the movie is "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang (when it sounds like someone has changed stations on the radio), and can be heard in the background while Jules and Vince are talking about Amsterdam and "the little differences".
The lines from Pumpkin and Honey Bunny "All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery! Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!" are used in the song "Scooby Snacks" by the Fun Lovin' Criminals.
In the beginning of the movie, Honey Bunny shouts, "Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!" In the last scene she switches the words to, "Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every last one of ya motherfuckers!"
Three references to Tennessee: 1. Butch's gold watch purchased by his great-grandfather in a general store in Knoxville. 2. Butch's call to Scotty, headed to Knoxville, "next time I see you will be on Tennessee time". 3. On the wall of the pawn shop, the Tennessee license plate "CAC-308".
Vincent's gun is a 1911A1 Auto Ordnance .45 ACP pistol that has been chromed, and given mother of pearl grips. Jules' gun is a Star Model B 9mm pistol that has been chromed, and given mother of pearl grips, too.
The MAC-10 isn't Vincent's, it belongs to Marsellus, who is staking out Butch's apartment with Vincent, but has gone for coffee and donuts, breakfast for himself and Vincent--Marsellus wouldn't have been able to conceal the MAC-10 on his person very easily if he'd taken it with him to get breakfast. Butch is extremely fortunate: his timing couldn't have been better when he entered his apartment while Marsellus was gone and Vincent was in the bathroom. Vincent probably hears Butch come in, but believing it is Marsellus, is not alarmed. As Butch is driving away after having retrieved his watch and killed Vincent, he encounters Marsellus on his way back to the apartment, carrying a box of donuts and two cups of coffee. The "trivia track" on the DVD confirms this interpretation to be correct. An added explanation that does not disagree with the above but adds a psychological dimension is that Vincent is demonstrably very careless with guns. In another scene, this carelessness costs someone else (Marvin) his life. Here, Vincent carelessly assumes that Butch would not be dumb enough to come back to his own apartment and, so, allows the gun to go unattended in the kitchen while he uses the facilities. (Vincent is seen to be using the facilities more often than any other character in the movie, at least three times, twice while reading the same book. The theme throughout the film is that whenever Vincent goes into the bathroom, something bad happens: Mia overdoses on his heroin, he's killed by Butch, and he finds himself in the middle of Pumpkin & Honeybunny's robbery of the restaurant.) It's also not out of the realm of possibility that Vincent didn't even know Marsellus had put the MAC-10 on the counter. If Vincent likes to read while using the restroom, it's entirely possible he was in there a while and may have been in there before Marsellus even left.
Roger Avary's credit stems from the incorporation of his short film script for "Pandemonium Reigns" forming a core element of Quentin Tarantino's screenplay. Avary's input can largely be found in the Butch and Fabienne scenes.
Harvey Keitel reprising his role in 2014, in a series of commercials for the UK insurance company "Direct Line", wasn't to everyone's liking as the following extract from User Reviews reads: "I've kind of lost respect for him. The Wolf was a mysterious character, and it's been cheapened". Obviously, this movie came twenty years before the Direct Line commercials, so Keitel had also aged somewhat, yet gracefully. The commercials are still on television in the UK, in fact a woman in the latest one says, "Here's your coffee, Mr. Wolf. Lots of cream, lots of sugar", a nod to how Keitel replied to Jimmie Dimmick (Quentin Tarantino) in this movie. Winston Wolfe also carried the takeaway paper cup, as opposed to holding a china cup, while standing still, making for a highly amusing scene.
"Call for Phillip Morris" is from a cigarette marketing campaign, with the bellhop character originated by the actor Johnny Roventini on radio in 1934 and was used until the mid 1950s, included on Phillip Morris-sponsored television shows. According to Roventiti, he recited his famous four-word line on live on-air performances and public events a half million times. Counting the playback of recordings of him saying this line the number is easily double. Along with this movie, the line has been used in various media, including Stephen King's "IT".
This movie was released in South Korea, Japan, and Slovakia, before it was released in America. Tarantino's film first played the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994. It was shown at other festivals around the world, from Munich to Locarno, before hitting American shores on September 23, 1994, at the New York Film Festival. The film officially opened in the U.S. on October 14, 1994, a release date following those in the aforementioned countries.
Vincent called Butch "Palooka," a reference to a cartoon character named Joe Palooka, who was portrayed in a long-running comic series as a heavyweight boxing champion. In Vincent's eyes, "Palooka" would be a derogatory term for boxers in general, implying he looked down on Butch for his profession. It's also a fairly popular euphemism from the 1950s to refer to anyone who appears oafish or dumb. Butch is obviously not either but it was a convenient insult for Vincent to use. After Butch asks, "What was that?" Vincent says, "I think you heard me just fine, Punchy," obviously another crack at Butch's profession, because the term "punchy" when referring to boxers is a word used to describe a boxer who has been in the game too long and has been punched too much and it shows.
The reason Mia overdosed on the heroin was cause she is a cocaine user, and when she sees the heroin in Vincent's coat pocket, she just assumes that it is cocaine--it's a white powder in a plastic baggie, and it looks just like coke. The problem is that, when Vincent goes to Lance's house to score heroin, Lance informs him he is out of balloons and asks if a baggie would be all right. (Heroin is usually stashed by dealers in balloons, not baggies, most likely to avoid situations just like this, it is also put in balloons so if you are caught with it or need to safely transport it you can swallow it quickly then "retrieve" it later. Mia might have known the difference if Lance had been able to use a balloon.) The heroin he purchases is also described by Lance as being extremely potent (a "mad man"). Heroin is a depressant, whereas cocaine is a stimulant, the most likely reason for the overdose. Fortunately, Vincent gets her to Lance's house in time to save her with the adrenaline shot. (The whole heroin/cocaine mix-up is foreshadowed in Lance's comments to Vince, "Coke is dead as... dead. Heroin is coming back in a big way.")
Despite being longtime collaborators, this is the only time that Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino have appeared in a film on-screen together so far. They were also in Django Unchained (2012), which Tarantino also wrote and directed, but had no scenes together.
Tim Roth played Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs (1992), and in this movie, his nickname is "Pumpkin". Pumpkins are orange in color. Oranges and pumpkins are fruits, like the similarities between the characters Roth plays; Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs (1992)(1992), and Pumpkin in this movie.
The Guy in Black is "The Gimp," an extreme sexual submissive who is apparently kept prisoner in Maynard and Zed's basement. The character was Roger Avary's idea, who was inspired by Deliverance (1972) (1972). Unfortunately, nothing is specified about the character's origin or the circumstances of his time in the basement, except that he has no apparent desire to be freed. Another character named "Russell" once inhabited the same room. The screenplay implies that Russell was a previous prisoner whom Maynard and Zed eventually killed. The text commentary on the Pulp Fiction Special Edition DVD is similarly vague. It only refers to the Gimp a few times, and calls Butch the "victim of violence" and the Gimp the "perpetrator of violence." Edit
If you look at Jules Winnifield driver license in the wallet scene, it states "1225 Shepherd Way, Inglewood" as his home address. As there is no Shepherd Way in Inglewood, this may be a reference/nod to the shepherd in the made up Ezekiel 25:17 quote Jules loves to give every time he kills someone. Also do note the expiration date as "06-06-06".
Butch chose the samurai sword to save Marsellus, among all the other weapons was because, the overarching theme of the movie is retaining one's honor in the face of adversity. Butch was going to skip town and go on the run from Marsellus but he realizes that leaving Marsellus to be raped or worse by Maynard and Zed was dishonorable. When he was selecting a weapon (claw hammer, baseball bat, chain saw) they're all pretty messy things to use as weapons. The sword is associated with samurai, a position of honor in feudal Japan. Also, the sword is literally longer and more deadly than any of the other weapons he sifts through before he finds it. It's unlikely that Butch is an experienced user of the sword but he was also counting on surprise; Butch wouldn't have to get as close to Maynard or Zed to use it and risk them being able to counterattack very easily. The hammer isn't very practical because it doesn't have much striking distance. The chain saw has a very short blade and starting it would have quickly alerted Maynard and Zed giving them plenty of reaction time. And the bat has the length but Butch would risk a non-fatal injury that one of the guys could bounce back from. Look at the fear on Zed's face when Butch taunts him to pick up his pistol. Zed knows that Butch could easily cut his hand off in one stroke or injure him enough to land a second stroke and kill him then.
If you look closely at Lance when Vincent is buying the heroin, Lance wears a tartan shirt around his waist. The tartan colors are red, black, and yellow. This is also the Wallace clan tartan, and ties in with Mr. and Mrs. Wallace.
In the scene where Vincent picks Mia up from Marsellus' house, the record needle lifting off the turntable (as Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man" cuts off abruptly) is on an Audio Technica P-mount cartridge; an inexpensive item, in an otherwise lavish house. It also went to show that Marcellus and Mia don't feel the need to always spend a lot of money in order to have a good quality item.
At Jack Rabbit Slims, Mia Wallace tells Vincent Vega about the pilot she starred in called "Fox Force Five. Wallace describes the other girls in the force, "There was a blonde one ... she was a leader. The Japanese fox was a kung fu master. The black girl was a demolition expert. French fox's speciality was sex. [Mine was] knives." So, Mia was talking specifically about the Kill Bill which would be in theaters in 9 years
The end credits mention "Special Thanks to Jennifer Beals". The actress was close friends with Quentin Tarantino back in the nineties. He often stayed at her house, while struggling as a director before making this movie.
Wallace's briefcase has been referenced and shown (not the contents) on Community (2009) season two, episode nineteen, "Critical Film Studies". Jeff was said to buy the case at an auction as a gift, as Abed loved cinema and pop culture, and referenced this movie many times, and kept it as a surprise gift. Abed discussed with Jeff his appearance as an extra on Cougar Town (2009), and Jeff realized that Abed was done with pop culture. However, the case was made burnt, due to a small fight, as someone wanted to see what was really inside the case, and the others were resisting opening it.
There is a subtle Back to the Future (1985) reference when Vincent Vega (John Travolta) brings an overdosed Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) to Lance's (Eric Stolz) house for revival. Originally, Eric Stolz shot most of Robert Zemeckis' time travelling classic as Marty McFly, only to be replaced by Michael J. Fox. This point is tributed during the scenes where Lance is hysterically searching for his little black book. Upon closer inspection, next to Lance's television set there are two board games stacked on top of each other. The top one is the game "Operation" and underneath it is "The Game of Life". In Back to the Future (1985), when Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) joins his mother for dinner, after being hit with the car. By the television set, there are the same two board games to the left.
it is strongly implied that Fabienne was pregnant with Butchs child: she had talked about looking at herself in the mirror, picturing herself with a potbelly and how good she would look with it. After having a shower, Fabienne goes to tell Butch something but sees that he is fast asleep and says "never mind." The next morning she talks about having a very large and unusual breakfast, which is uncommon for a woman so petite who isn't pregnant.
The opponent that Butch kills in the ring is referred to as "Wilson", which could be a reference to On the Waterfront (1954) where Terry Malloy is said to have thrown a title match to a man named "Willson".
This movie was the third biggest R-rated earner of 1994. The film lost out on the title to True Lies (1994) (146.2 million dollars) and Speed (1994) (121.2 million dollars). The film's earnings were strong enough to place it in the overall top ten for the year, though 1994 was dominated by Forrest Gump (1994), which brought in 329.6 million dollars that year.
Several days before the film was first broadcast on terrestrial television in Autumn 1997, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield were shown firing their guns non-stop when the film was being advertised. They didn't fire for as long as that in the film, however.
When Jules first tells Vincent about what happened to Mia's foot massager, he describes how Marcellus' men go to Rocky Horror's place, take him out on the balcony, and throw him off. In subsequent descriptions of the event, Rocky Horror is thrown from a window by Marcellus.
On Sunday, May 1, 1994. Robert Rodriguez revealed via his journal, that he was away in Austin, Texas when Quentin was initially showing some of his director friends a private screening of Pulp Fiction. As he had missed the screening, Rodriguez inquired about how it turned out. At the time, Tarantino did not feel that Pulp Fiction felt like a 'real movie'. And that it more felt like a 'crazy Quentin movie'. As it did not resemble anything released prior to Pulp Fiction. Rodriguez tried to lift Tarantino's spirit, while he also mentions that another director wished to have stern words with him once he returned from Cannes. Only for Tarantino to return having won the Palm D'or.
The house that was used as Jimmie Dimmick's (Quentin Tarantino's) house was owned by a press agent named Jack Mullen who passed away in 1972. His son Mike Mullen still owned the house, and is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. There was an article titled "A story arc worthy of Hollywood" about this in the July 30, 2007 edition of the Los Angeles Times.
The reason Butch saved Marsellus from Zed and Manyard was because of honor, which is a major theme in all of Tarantino's films: Butch puts himself in Marsellus' position and decides that he would hate to be left to such a horrid fate; he cannot just leave somebody there, no matter who it is. Butch does the "right thing" to put it simply; he realises that Maynard and Zed cannot get away with what they are doing to anybody--who knows how many people they've raped, tortured or even killed in Maynard's basement? Butch may have also considered saving Marsellus an act of redemption. By saving his skin, he may have hoped that Marsellus would forgive him and let him go, if not, Butch may have killed Marsellus himself. Notice how Butch still stood ready to swing with the sword when he asked, "What now?" The former becomes the case, whether that was Butch's intention or not. Also, if Marsellus ever escaped and learned that Butch had left him there to his fate, Marsellus would sure unleash even more retaliation against Butch than he was subject to after double-crossing him at the fight. Consider the weapon Butch chooses: a samurai sword. The samurai are long-associated with honour towards their masters. If you want to simplify the overarching theme of the film, you could say it's about honor among thieves. There is also a clue to why Butch saves Marsellus, in the flashback scene with Christopher Walken's Captain Koons, and the young Butch. In the scene, Koons is relating his imprisonment with Butch's father, and tells Butch, Hopefully, you'll never have to experience this yourself, but when two men are in a situation like me and your dad were, for as long as we were, you take on certain responsibilities of the other. It's possible that these words came to Butch's mind as he was attempting to leave the pawn shop.
The scene where Butch makes his way back to his apartment to retrieve his father's watch was filmed at 11755 Gilmore Street, in North Hollywood, California. However, the following scene, which is set inside the apartment, was filmed at a different location.
When Butch is on his way to his apartment. In the background, you can faintly hear someone say "This is the Jack Rabbit Slim's...", the name of the restaurant, to which Vincent took Mia, earlier in the film.
Vincent and Mia were not smoking hashish at Jackrabbit Slims because at the beginning when Vince and Jules were talking about "hash bars," Vince was talking about his trip to Amsterdam, not anywhere in Los Angeles. When Mia asked Vince to "roll one of those for me," it's simply because Vince rolls his own cigarettes. Vincent also confirms that it's only tobacco.
"The Fourth Man" is the character who started a surprise shooting rampage directed at Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), while not hitting either one of them after unloading his entire gun. Alexis Arquette, who played "The Fourth Man", was born "Robert Arquette", and is the sibling of David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and Rosanna Arquette, the latter one playing the girlfriend, Jody "with all that stuff in her face", as quoted by Vincent.
Yolanda says in the beginning different from what she says at the end, Tarantino has explained that this is not an error, rather, he did this on purpose. When we first examine the scene, we are seeing Ringo and Yolanda's conversation from their perspective. Because this is their conversation, what we hear first is probably what was actually said. However, at the end of the film, what is said is different because we are no longer viewing the situation from Ringo and Yolanda's perspective, but rather everyone else in the diner, most specifically Jules.
The book Vincent reads throughout most of the film is the first Modesty Blaise novel, which tracks the adventures of female spy Modesty Blaise. Though not of general reference to anything in the movie, it could be noted that Modesty is of some comparable significance to Mia's earlier mentions of "Fox Force Five," a show about a group of female spies. The edition Vincent reads has a mock-up cover that Tarantino had his prop department make, based upon the cover of an early edition of the novel.
The sword at the pawn shop isnt the Brides from Kill Bill (2003), as hers was custom made by Hattori Hanzo, Some fans believe that the sword in the Pulp Fiction pawn shop is Budd's, as Budd tells Bill early in Kill Bill Part 2 that he pawned the sword that Bill had given him. However, it is later shown that Budd was lying, as The Bride discovers Budd's sword hidden in a golf bag during her battle with Elle. Therefore, the sword is neither The Bride's nor Budd's. It is simply a sword that happened to be at the pawn shop.
In Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), in the gunfight scene in the Utramart convenience store, in the background, there's a cut-out stand-up of the four main characters from this movie. During the ensuing submachine gun battle, the only character on the Pulp Fiction (1994) stand-up that gets blown away, is Samuel L. Jackson's "Jules Winnfield".
The revolver that the 4th Man (Alexis Arquette) in the bathroom has and ultimately empties all six shots completely missing both Jules and Vincent, is a Taurus Model 689 chambered in .357 Magnum with a custom ported barrel.
Wolf mean when he tells Jules & Vincent, "...you've both been in county before, I'm sure; here it comes!", before he opens up with the hose, He's teasing them about being arrested and put into county lockup, i.e. jail. As they are career criminals, it's a safe bet they've been arrested at some point in the past, probably more than once. In county lockup, accused criminals are "processed" before standing trial which means that they're given an opportunity to get cleaned up to be more presentable for court. So, depending on the county in which the defendants are locked up, they might be sprayed with a hose by the staff after having been stripped down, or otherwise instead of being treated like animals, they might get a chance to take a shower with cold water. Also, short incarceration sentences are typically served often served in jails, and the admission procedures may be similar to those of penitentiaries. Winston was giving Jules and Vincent both a hard time about their past experience--and given his joking nature, probably enjoying it.
In the scene at the beginning, when Brett says to Vincent and Jules, "Excuse me. I got your name, Vincent. I didn't get yours", turning to Jules, to which he replies, "My name's Pitt, and your ass ain't talking your way out of this shit." Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Pitt co-starred in True Romance (1993), also written by Quentin Tarantino.
The were many things that ended up on the cutting room floor. There was also supposed to be a Vega brothers movie that made it as far as pre- production. John Travolta and Michael Madison were set to play the pair. Also left out, was Zed's other victim from the bar, and that would be Geoff Musser.
The Wolf's license plate number, "3ABM581," is an anagram. If you treat digits as letters, like in passwords ("3" as "E," "5" as "S," "8" as two "O's," and "1" as "L"), then you have "EABMSOOL," an anagram for "Esma Lobo," which is an abbreviation for Butch Coolidge's taxi driver's name, Esmarelda Villalobos.
While robbing the diner, Ringo, aka Pumpkin and Yolanda aka Honey Bunny, use a Smith & Wesson Model 30, as denoted by its slenderness and J-frame parts, and a hammerless Smith & Wesson 'Centennial' Model 40 revolver with a flat cylinder latch and 4-screw frame.
The entire reason Winston was sent to deal with "The Bonnie Situation" was because he's an incredibly efficient cleaner -- "I think fast and I need you boys to act fast!" Jimmy was already furious with Jules and Vincent for bringing a blood-soaked car with a dead body in the back seat to his house. Jules points out that Jimmy was incredibly close to kicking them out as it was, while Jules wouldn't allow that to happen before Marvin had been dealt with, he didn't want it to reach that point, as Jimmy was his friend. Winston was looking for the fastest way to get Vincent and Jules cleaned up, as well as get rid of any trace they were ever there before Jimmy's wife Bonnie arrived home from her night shift, while also trying to appease Jimmy's disapproval of the entire situation he had been put in. Had they taken turns in the shower, this would take up a significant amount of time. As the average male spends approximately 10 minutes in the shower, having to scrub the blood and brains off possibly extending this time to 15 to 20 minutes each. That's 30 to 40 minutes total, as well as making a bloody mess in the tub which would have to be cleaned, using up even more time, (keep in mind the car had to be cleaned as well). Also, it may have raised suspicion with Bonnie to arrive home to find the shower had been cleaned first thing in the morning, which could lead to her questioning Jimmy, which he risks being caught in a lie. The most efficient and safe method was to have them strip naked in the back yard and hose them both down at the same time. Any remaining blood and brain matter that was sprayed off of them could easily be washed away with the hose and Bonnie wouldn't be the wiser.
Steve Buscemi: Having to refuse the role of Jimmie due to scheduling conflicts, Buscemi appears as the Buddy Holly waiter in Jack Rabbit Slim's. As Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs (1992), he refused to tip wait staff.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
According to an interview with Phil LaMarr, it was John Travolta who came up with the idea of Marvin being shot in the face. Marvin was originally supposed to be accidentally shot in the throat, and die a slow, painful death. Vincent and Jules decide that Marvin should be shot in the head, and put out of his misery. Knowing that this would make the characters unlikeable, Travolta took his idea to Quentin Tarantino and he agreed to it, figuring that a single bullet kill would be funnier. Legend has it that LaMarr was the one who came up the idea, but LaMarr denies this, in his appearance on the podcast "I Was There Too".
Something bad happened every time Vincent (John Travolta) went to the bathroom (always with a "pulp fiction" book to read), which, upon his exiting, involved him (Mia overdosing, Pumpkin and Honey Bunny robbing the restaurant, Butch picking up the gun).
In the miracle scene, when Vincent and Jules kill the kid, they look straight at the camera, indicating it is the kid's point of view. Three bullet holes can be seen above Jules' shoulder, but as he turns to look at the wall, we can see the three other shots should have hit him in the chest, suggesting it was indeed a miracle.
According to Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino originally wanted Max Julien to play Marsellus Wallace, but Julien turned the role down, objecting to the rape scene. Jackson told Mark Seal in the Vanity Fair article "Cinema Tarantino: The Making of Pulp Fiction": "Max Julien wasn't going to do that. He's the Mack. He's Goldie. He's like, 'No, I don't think my fans want to see that.' "
Jules remarked that "Marcellus Wallace don't like to be fucked by anybody but Mrs. Wallace", "foreshadowing" his later scene with Zed. Marcellus also demonstrated what happens to those who break this rule.
This film and Reservoir Dogs (1992) have prologues featuring criminals at breakfast. Tim Roth links these scenes, as he's in both of them. Except he isn't a criminal in the latter, as he was an undercover cop.
The submachine gun used to kill Vincent is a Military Armament Corporation "M10", also known as a Mac-10. It fires about one thousand rounds per minute, and has a load capacity of thirty 9mm shots. Given the length of time that Vincent is shot, he probably takes the complete magazine.
In the final scene of the movie, Pumpkin holds a gun to the Diner's owner, who says, "Please, I'm just a coffee shop-" and is stopped by Pumpkin to have him tell the guests to calm down. In the credits for the film, the actor who plays the Diner's owner is credited as "Coffe Shop".
When Mia and Vincent arrive at Jack Rabbit Slims Mia tells Vincent 'Don't be a' then silently draws a shape in the air insinuating for him not to be a square. In fact the shape she draws shows on screen in dotted lines as a rectangle. So if she spoke the dialogue to match her air drawing she would tell him 'Don't be a rectangle'