Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman

     
 

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Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films

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Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of such experimental classics as Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and La jetée. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, in the role that single-handedly reignited his career, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges on such topics as the French names for American fast food products; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Monica McIntyre
Just when American independent cinema seemed to be peaking in the mid-'90s, Pulp Fiction came in with a bullet, not only redefining the world that Hollywood called "small movies" but also Hollywood itself. Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's sophomore effort, following his 1992 cult hit Reservoir Dogs, was a studio executive's dream equation: star power (Bruce Willis and John Travolta, whose career turned around thanks to the film); a budget south of $10 million; plenty of action; and some of the slickest, wittiest dialogue this side of David Mamet. The film also caters to the critics, professional and otherwise, with knowing touches in every scene. Like Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, Tarantino's film wears its influences on its sleeve -- pulp crime novels, '70s TV, and movies, movies, movies -- yet still offers a sensibility like none before it. The artfully fragmented narrative concerns a pair of philosophically inclined assassins (Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) and a rebellious boxer (Willis), all in the employ of an imperious gangster (Ving Rhames) who holds sway in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles. In addition to a stellar supporting cast that includes Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Eric Stoltz, Roseanna Arquette, and Tim Roth, this much-imitated film also has a super-groovy soundtrack, with selections ranging from the Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards" to Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man." Visceral yet chatty, gruesome yet hilarious, Pulp Fiction successfully straddles both mainstream and indie film realms, and it will likely be recalled as the most influential American film of its era.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
A critical sensation and a box-office hit, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) embedded its movie-made world of loquacious hit men and fateful coincidences into the popular consciousness, becoming one of the most influential films of the 1990s. Updating the hard-boiled crime film with postmodern aplomb, and twisting movie time as adroitly as Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick, Tarantino weaves a morality play through a pop culture fun house drawn from sources as disparate as 1950s and 1970s kitsch, Jean-Luc Godard, Howard Hawks, boxing flicks, Hong Kong action movies, and Kiss Me Deadly (1955). The surreal yet realistic atmosphere, long takes, and wittily pop-literate non-stop dialogue emotionally engage the viewer in the minutiae of the characters' experience even as the film also comments on their status as pulp creations, rendering the moments of shockingly baroque violence simultaneously humorous and ghastly. Winner of numerous critics' prizes and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Pulp Fiction was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for John Travolta's career-resurrecting turn as Vincent, and Best Supporting Actor for Samuel L. Jackson's furiously philosophical Jules; Tarantino and Roger Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. None of its many imitators has yet come close to matching Pulp Fiction's impact.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398134626
Original Release:
1994
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
4,313

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Vincent Vega
Samuel L. Jackson Jules Winnfield
Uma Thurman Mia Wallace
Harvey Keitel The Wolf
Bruce Willis Butch Coolidge
Tim Roth Pumpkin
Amanda Plummer Honey Bunny
Ving Rhames Marsellus Wallace
Eric Stoltz Lance
Rosanna Arquette Jody
Christopher Walken Capt. Koons
Maria de Medeiros Fabienne
Frank Whaley Brett
Quentin Tarantino Jimmie Dimmick
Angela Jones Esmeralda Villa Lobos
Peter Greene Zed
Burr Steers Roger
Alexis Arquette Fourth Man
Paul Calderon Paul
Bronagh Gallagher Trudy
Steve Buscemi Buddy Holly look-alike
Brenda Hillhouse Butch's Mother
Don Blakely Wilson's Trainer
Venessia Valentino Pedestrian/Bonnie
Karen Maruyama Gawker
Kathy Griffin Herself
Duane Whitaker Maynard
Stephen Hibbert The Gimp
Dick Miller Monster Joe
Julia Sweeney Raquel
Susan Griffiths Marilyn Monroe look-alike
Lorelei Leslie Mamie Van Doren look-alike
Joseph Pilato Dean Martin look-alike
Eric Clark James Dean look-alike
Linda Kaye Shot Woman
Lawrence Bender Long Hair Yuppie Scum
Emil Sitka "Hold hands, you love birds!"
Rich Turner Sportscaster
Robert Ruth Sportscaster
Phil LaMarr Marvin
Michael Gilden Actor

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Roger Avary Original Story
Lawrence Bender Producer
Dan Bradford Set Decoration/Design
Michelle Buhler Makeup
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Charles Collum Art Director
Danny DeVito Executive Producer
Pat Domenico Special Effects
Betsy Faith Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hellerman Production Manager
Ruth Lambert Casting
Michael Levine Camera Operator
Francis R. Mahoney Asst. Director
Sally Menke Editor
Karyn Rachtman Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco Set Decoration/Design
Andrzej Sekula Cinematographer
Michael Shamberg Executive Producer
Stacey Sher Executive Producer
David Wasco Production Designer
Ronnie Yeskel Casting
Gary M. Zuckerbrod Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pulp Fiction
1. Prologue ("I Love You Pumpkin." "I Love You too, Honey Bunny.") [1:06]
2. Opening Credits. Miserlou [1:06]
3. "Royale With Cheese" [3:25]
4. Ezekiel 25:17 [:15]
5. "Boxers Don't Have an Old Timers Day" [:15]
6. "All My Piercing, Eighteen Places on My Body - Every One Done With a Needle" [1:39]
7. Son of a Preacher Man [1:39]
8. Jack Rabbit Slim's [:37]
9. You Never Can Tell [:37]
10. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon [1:41]
11. ....Adrenaline... [5:38]
12. Captain Koons' Story [6:41]
13. "I'm an American, Honey. Our Names Don't Mean Shit" [5:16]
14. "I Wish I Had a Pot" [2:19]
15. "Where's My Watch?" [1:19]
16. Poptarts [1:22]
17. Flower on the Wall [:15]
18. "Bring Out the Gimp" [:14]
19. "I'm Going to Get Medieval on Your Ass" [2:14]
20. Zed's Dead Baby. Zed's Dead" [:01]
21. "Do You Now What Divine Intervention Means?" [2:11]
22. "I Just Shot Marvin in the Face" [2:12]
23. "If Bonnie Comes Home and Finds a Dead Body in Her House, I'm Gonna Get Divorced" [8:04]
24. "I'm Winston Wolf, I Solve Problems" [:43]
25. Epilogue ("I'm Trying Real Hard to Be the Shepherd") [:38]
26. End Credits [1:53]

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Pulp Fiction 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
kj231 More than 1 year ago
Best movie ever made!
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I give it 5 stars, I love this movie. But there are many more people who don't like it, and as a matter of fact turn it off after seeing 30 min. This movie contains a lot of images of drugs, and they are very explicit about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was very good. The director gave us a circular sturcture. The dialouge in the movie can be followed because it keeps order while the plot jumps around. The humor in each story is well hidden in the seriousness of the situation. The scene where Travolta and L. Jackson takes the body to Jimmy's (Tarentino) is great. I won't give it away, you have to see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
imo one of the best films around. you just gotto love the quotes, the filming, the story lines just the entire film is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absoulutly thrilling and totally exilerating. The story of two gangsters is the basic plot but it's Quentin so he makes sure the plot is not that basic. He uses crossplots expertally and there is an exellent wealth of characters this is deffinatly a classic and one of my all time favourites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is probably the best gangster/mafia/murder/comedy movie I have ever seen. I laughed until I was weezing,Samuel Jackson Just delivers such a hilarious part, adn John Travolta did a awesome job of being a funny sidekick to Sam. Watch the movie!!! Royal With Cheese Baby, Royal With Cheese.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies ever.John travolta and samuel jackson are awesome together.Quentin tarantino has directed another masterpeice.The cast is very good and the story is very cool too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just piecing it together is great fun that will take many times to do. Great cast from top to bottom. Travolta gave the performance of a lifetime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film that all who enjoy violent comedies should see. It is one of the better films that I have seen, and has an AMAZING cast. This movie is one of the few that can make me laugh at violence. It made me laugh after a guy was shot in the face, and if you think that makes me seem sick and twisted, you obviously haven't seen it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no movie that I've seen that is as good as this one. It is a shame that it one only one academy award. It diserved as many as it was nominated for. ''I'm try'in real hard to be the shepard.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, great movie. Another exceelent Quentin T. movie with great cast and directing. Highy Recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't Pend on this one. It's worth watching. For certain. No, buy it now. I mean it.