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 filmsSee more details below

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
UPC:
0031398144359
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
2,160

Special Features

Interviews with Cast; Critics' Retrospective on the Movie's Place in Film History; ; Behind-the-Scenes Footage; "Pulp Fiction: The Facts" Featurette; Production Design Featurette; ; Siskel & Ebert "At The Movies" - "The Tarantino Generation"; ; Independent Spirit Awards Footage; ; Cannes Film Festival Footage; ; "The Charlie Rose Show" Tarantino Interview; ; Still Galleries; Trivia Track; Deleted Scenes

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

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