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.
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.
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."
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.
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".
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 no 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.
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.
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's 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's 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's soul... but that the actor 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). 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 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.
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.
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.
Many people believe that the band-aid on Ving Rhames' neck was an intentional choice by the filmmakers. In reality, it came from an accident Rhames had while shaving his head. When Quentin Tarantino noticed this, it inspired him to open the "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace" sequence with a close-up of the band-aid instead. Ultimately, Tarantino liked showing the band-aid rather than Rhames' face, because it accentuated the character's mercurial nature, and was more visually exciting than a series of single shots of Rhames and Bruce Willis.
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.
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.
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".
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (The Netherlands): Tarantino wrote the script in Amsterdam, in a hotel room and in the "coffee shop" (Dutch euphemism for a hash bar) Betty Boop. He stayed for several months, and left the video rental store "Cult Video" with an unpaid bill of about one hundred fifty dollars. This stay explains the references to Dutch culture and customs at the beginning of the movie. Vincent tells his heroin dealer that "I just got back from Amsterdam", and discusses it with Jules in their opening scene. In the conversation in the Jack Rabbit Slims restaurant, Mia mentions that she goes to Amsterdam to "chill out" for a month or two every now and again. In the same restaurant, Vincent smokes Drum, which is a Dutch rolling tobacco. Also, the book version of the movie's screenplay includes some cut dialogue between Vincent and Mia. He realizes that she was "the girl in the cowboy hat" in a photo at a hash bar they both visited, "The Cobra", which is right across from the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. Also, Butch often calls Fabienne "tulip", a cultural symbol of the Netherlands.
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".
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".
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.
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 he later adopted after coming out as a transgender woman.
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 following years, and are listed in the top ten in IMDb's top 250 movies (as of March 2017).
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 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".
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.
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."
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".
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.
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.
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 eighty million dollars. Ever since then, Weinstein has been involved with all of Quentin Tarantino's directorial endeavors.
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 Wolf 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.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (Shin'ichi "Sonny" Chiba): During an interview, Tarantino admitted that Jules' Samuel L. Jackson Bible quote of Ezekiel 25:17 was something he remembered from the Shin'ichi Chiba movie Karate Kiba (1976), a.k.a. The Bodyguard. He said he never read it in the Bible, and it is taken almost word for word from that film. Tarantino has always been a Chiba fan, and has included references to him in True Romance (1993), and a cameo by Chiba in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Quentin Tarantino): [comic books]: Mia's character of Raven McCoy on her pilot for Fox Force Five is related to three characters of the X-Men series. The name Raven can be derived from Raven Darkholme, the real name of "Mystique", while the surname McCoy is the last name of Hank McCoy, the real name of "Beast". Also, Mia describes her character as having been raised by circus performers, the same upbringing as Kurt Wagner, the real name of "Nightcrawler". Coincidentally, all three characters are blue. Also, "Fox Force Five" is an alliterative name, a common theme in Marvel comics.
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.
When Butch is passing by the first of two houses when he is heading toward his old apartment to retrieve his watch, you can hear the advertisement for a five dollar shake at "Jack Rabbit Slims" 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 Slims".
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.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (long take): When Butch gets out of the Honda to retrieve his watch, the camera follows him around a building, through a hole in a fence, until he is across the street from the apartment.
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.
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.
Late in the film, when they take the car to the wreckers, Mr. Wolf 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".
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.
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (singing over music): Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) sings and dances over "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", when she comes home from Jack Rabbit Slim's with Vincent Vega (John Travolta). Butch (Bruce Willis) also sings over "Flowers On The Wall", but does not dance, since he is driving.
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".
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.
"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".
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), and Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction (1994).
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.
This is, so far, the only time that Samuel L. Jackson and Quentin Tarantino have appeared in a film on-screen together. They were also in Django Unchained (2012), which Tarantino wrote and directed, but had no scenes together.
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 Wolf also carried the takeaway paper cup, as opposed to holding a china cup, while standing still, making for a highly amusing scene.
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.
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.
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".
Several days before the film was first broadcast on 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.
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.
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.
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 old 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.
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.
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.
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 scene when Winston "The Wolf" Wolf is talking on the phone to Marsellus has a surreal quality to it. This is as it's early in the morning, there's a party taking place in The Wolf's house, which he's hosting, but he's in his bedroom taking notes carefully, the guests can be seen through the open door, and then has to leave to drive to Jimmie's house. While there, "The Wolf" meets and helps Jules and Vincent with their problem, as Vincent is just after accidentally shooting Marvin in the face while Jules was driving the car.
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.
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.
Quentin Tarantino: [long take] When Jules and Vincent step out of the elevator for their "foot massage" debate, we follow them all the way through the labyrinthine hallways to Brett's door, past Brett's to a window and finally, back to Brett's door again, all in a single take.
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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.' "
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.
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.
When Butch escaped from the gimp and returns to save Marcellus with the samurai sword, there are several clocks on the wall he walks past. The last clock reads 4:18. In the Bible, John 4:18 states "The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband."