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"I always hope that if one million people see my movie, they see one million different movies."
- Quentin Tarantino.
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This film is made up of three stories,
organized into five different chapters.
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This first chapter is usually
just referred to as "The Prologue."
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Quentin prefers to start most of his
films with a scene before the main titles.
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The movie starts "cold,"
without any titles or credits.
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Quentin's script only refers to these
characters as "Pumpkin" and "Honey Bunny."
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We don't learn Honey Bunny's real
name until the end of the movie.
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The first scene of the movie was
shot on the first day of production.
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Quentin specifically wrote these
parts for Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer
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after seeing them perform together
in a short film called Monkey Park
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The first close-up shot of the movie is
the waitress, played by Laura Lovelace.
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Laura was also one of the
film's music consultants.
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Laura reprised her waitress character
in Quentin's next film, Jackie Brown
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Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer
worked together again
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in the Wim Wenders film
The Million Dollar Hotel
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Tim also played Mr. Orange in Quentin
Tarantino's first film, Reservoir Dogs
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At one point, Quentin considered Tim
for the lead role of Vincent Vega,
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but he really wanted
Tim to play Pumpkin.
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Tim also played Ted the Bellhop
in the anthology film Four Rooms
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The movie consisted of four short films directed
by four different directors, including Quentin.
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Tim was the only actor to appear
in all four segments of the film.
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Pumpkin's line about "gooks" is a reference to the
book No Beast So Fierce, written by Eddie Bunker.
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Eddie was a real-life hood who
became a writer when he was in jail.
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Tim Roth also appeared in a film called Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead with his good friend Gary Oldman.
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Amanda Plummer also appeared in The World According to Garp
and The Fisher King, which was directed by Terry Gilliam.
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Terry was one of the directors that helped Quentin
develop Reservoir Dogs at the Sundance Institute.
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Amanda's father is the
actor Christopher Plummer,
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who appeared in such classic films as The
Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King
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and Twelve Monkeys (which was
also directed by Terry Gilliam).
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Amanda has won a Tony
Award and an Emmy Award.
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This isn't the first time Quentin has featured a
crime-troubled couple that is intensely in love.
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The script for True Romance featured the
star-crossed lovers Clarence and Alabama,
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and his script for Natural Born Killers featured serial killers Mickey
and Mallory, who were as crazy-in-love as they were just plain crazy.
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Quentin often uses coffee
shops and diners in his films.
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During his youth, Quentin spent endless hours hanging
out with his buddies in them, talking about movies.
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All of the stories in the film are interlinked. During
one story, you can see elements of the other stories.
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For instance, in the background you can
hear Jules talking about quitting his career.
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While first-time viewers are unaware of things like this, the film is
rich with details like this that viewers will appreciate on repeat viewing.
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Another example of foreshadowing... if
you look carefully in the background,
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you can see the Vincent walking to the bathroom
(watch for his shorts, t-shirt and book).
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Eddie Bunker (quoted earlier) also wrote one of the best crime
films of the 1970s, Straight Time, starring Dustin Hoffman,
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which was a big influence
on Quentin and this film.
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Eddie eventually became an actor, appearing in
films such as The Long Riders and Miracle Mile
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He also co-starred in Quentin's first
film, Reservoir Dogs, as Mr. Blue.
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Tim Roth told Quentin, "I want to work with Amanda in
one of your films, but she has to have a really big gun."
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Quentin was happy to oblige,
as you'll see in a moment.
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A couple scenes in the film are seen twice
when the movie backtracks and overlaps.
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In these scenes, there are some
minor but intentional discrepancies.
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For instance, when we see the hold-up at the end of the
movie, the line about "pricks" is slightly different.
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Intentional discrepancies such as this are
sometimes incorrectly regarded as "mistakes."
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They are done on purpose to show
different perceptions of events.
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The freeze frame at the end of
the opening scene is reminiscent
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of the opening of Sam Peckinpah's film The Wild
Bunch, which was a big influence on Quentin.
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This opening scene is abruptly interrupted by a blast of
music as Dick Dale rips into the opening riffs of "Misirlou."
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The name of Quentin's company is taken from one of
his favorite films... Jean-Luc Godard's Bande a parte
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Jersey Films is the name of the production company
owned by Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher.
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They have produced many films, including Reality
Bites, Gattaca, Man in the Moon and Erin Brockovich
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Quentin's use of music in this film was so
distinctive that old songs were instantly re-invented
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as an integral part of this film and became
known as "that song" from Pulp Fiction
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For instance, despite being around
for decades before this film,
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this song would instantly and forever become
known merely as "the Pulp Fiction theme."
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This song's real title is "Misirlou." It was
written by Fred Wise, Milton Leeds, S.K. Russell
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and Nicholas Roubanis, and performed
by Dick Dale and his Del-Tones.
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Quentin told Dick Dale, "I've been a fan for
years. Your song "Misirlou" is a masterpiece.
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It's like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly It's like Ben
- Hur It's very heraldic."
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Music is very important to
Quentin and his filmmaking process.
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The music helps him find the rhythm
for the movie and set the tone.
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According to Quentin, he picks about 60% of
his music before he even writes his script,
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20% while he's writing and
20% after the script is done.
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Chuck Kelley and Laura Lovelace were
music consultants for Pulp Fiction
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They suggested songs to Quentin and
helped create the film's soundtrack.
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The music changes (like a radio) just as the
credit for Music Supervisor appears on the screen.
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Karyn Rachtman also supervised the music for
the Tarantino films Reservoir Dogs and Four Rooms
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Her brother Riki Rachtman was an MTV veejay and actor and had a
cameo in the film Plump Fiction, which was a parody of Pulp Fiction
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David Wasco has been the production
designer on all of Quentin's films.
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Sally Menke has edited all
of Quentin's films to date.
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She was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Film Editing for Pulp Fiction
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She wasn't the only one to get an Oscar nomination for this film.
The film received a total of seven Academy Award nominations.
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Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won an Oscar for
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
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Lawrence Bender has produced
all of Quentin's films to date.
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He was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Picture for Pulp Fiction.
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The Oscar for Best Picture
went to Forrest Gump.
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Quentin Tarantino was nominated for
an Academy Award for Best Director.
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After receiving his Academy Award for
co-writing, Roger Avary said, "I have to go pee."
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Some people weren't sure if he was making a
crude joke or really had to go to the bathroom.
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Actually, Roger was just quoting a line from
Forrest Gump, which won six Oscars that night.
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The song Jungle Boogie is performed by Kool & The Gang,
and was their second big hit when it was released in 1974.
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Twenty years later, Pulp Fiction made the song
a hit all over again with a whole new generation.
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Kool & The Gang also had a song on the soundtrack to Travolta's
previously most successful movie, Saturday Night Fever
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This scene became an instant classic.
Within a few years of the film's release,
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the scene became one of the most-quoted, best-loved
and most-parodied scenes in movie history.
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Quentin says, "They are on their way to blow away a couple
of guys. But the thing is, they're just going to work.
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So they're having, like, a carpool conversation
that you might have on your way to work."
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Dialogue is one of the things
everyone loves most about Pulp Fiction
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Even though the film is 21/2 hours long,
nobody complains that it's a slow movie.
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That's because Quentin's dialogue
gives the film energy and momentum.
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The guy on the left is Vincent Vega and
the guy on the right is Jules Winnfield.
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One of Pulp Fiction s executive producers, Danny DeVito, starred in the film Twins
The twins were named Vincent and Julius... almost the same names as these characters.
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Jules and Vincent are driving a Chevy Nova. A Chevy Nova was also
the car stolen by the thieves in Quentin's first film, Reservoir Dogs
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The trunk shot is one of
Quentin's favorite camera angles.
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This point-of-view shot was also used
in Reservoir Dogs and Jackie Brown
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Robert Rodriguez also used it in the
Quentin-scripted, Quentin-starring From Dusk Till Dawn
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When Vincent says "our guy," he is referring
to Marvin, the "inside man" in the apartment.
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Jules is played by Samuel L. Jackson.
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Samuel L. Jackson also played Big Don in True
Romance, which was written by Quentin Tarantino.
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Unfortunately, most of his performance
in that film was edited out.
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Samuel L. Jackson also played Ordell
Robbie in Quentin's next film, Jackie Brown
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Sam Jackson was nominated for an Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor for Pulp Fiction
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Martin Landau received the Oscar that
year for his performance in Ed Wood
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Jules's character was originally
supposed to have a gigantic Afro hairdo.
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Since Sam Jackson normally wears his hair very
short or completely shaved, a wig was required.
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The crew member that was sent for Afro
wigs also brought in a Jheri-curled wig.
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Quentin and Sam loved it and
used that instead of the Afro.
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Sam attended Morehouse College in Atlanta,
Georgia, the same university attended by Spike Lee.
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Spike Lee directed Jungle Fever, the first film
to bring Sam widespread international acclaim.
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Spike also directed
Quentin in the film Girl 6
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Quentin played a film
director called "Q.T."
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In this sequence, Quentin uses wide shots
or two-shots instead of close-up shots.
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This creates a rhythm that builds tension
for the violence that is about to come.
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Some people think Sam
Jackson is a workaholic.
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In the 10-year period from 1990 to 2000, Sam appeared
in 49 films, an average of almost 5 films a year.
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During the same period of time,
Eddie Murphy only made 12 films.
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Just like his filmmaking hero Brian De Palma, Quentin likes to use
long Steadicam shots. Note how long this next shot is going to be.
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John Travolta plays Vincent in a role that is widely
acknowledged as single-handedly reviving his acting career.
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By 1980, Travolta was one of the most popular
and successful movie stars in the world.
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But by 1990, a series of unsuccessful films left
him with fewer career choices for less money.
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Quentin says, "Travolta is one of the best American film
actors around. He was awesome in De Palma's film Blow Out
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"I used to watch that film over and over and
wonder why other directors weren't using him.
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"No director's really used John to that
effect since [De Palma] did in Blow Out,
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and before I worked with him, I felt he was
like the secret weapon that nobody's using."
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Pulp Fiction changed Travolta's life. He was nominated
for an Academy Award and was deluged with acting offers.
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While he was paid only $100,000 for appearing in Pulp
Fiction, he now commands over $20 million per picture.
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During casting, Quentin invited John to
his L.A. apartment to discuss the film.
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It turned out to be the very same apartment Travolta
once lived in as a struggling Hollywood newcomer.
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John was reluctant to take the role at first because
he thought that Vincent was a negative role model.
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Travolta's performance made the character so
charming, likeable and cool that everyone loved him.
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Some people wonder about the source of Vincent Vega's
name. The Vega brothers were not named after the Chevy Vega.
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During the 1990s, Suzanne Vega was one
of Quentin's favorite singer/songwriters.
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In one of the deleted scenes, Vincent
tells Mia Suzanne Vega is his cousin.
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In a moment, Vincent and Jules walk down the hallway to
kill some time, and the camera stays by the apartment door.
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The camera doesn't follow them, almost as if it wants to
remind the characters that the apartment is their priority.
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Touches like this are reminiscent of French New Wave
films like those of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut.
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Godard's films would often parody cinematic
conventions by calling attention to them.
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The protagonists in Quentin's first film, Reservoir
Dogs, also wore black suits with black ties.
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Quentin says, "When Jean-Pierre Melville was making his crime films, he talked
about how it was very important that his characters have a 'suit of armor.'
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"[Melville had] the snap-brim fedora and Bogart-like trench
coat. [Sergio] Leone had the duster, [Clint] Eastwood the poncho.
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"I've always said the mark of any good action film is that when
you get through seeing it, you want to dress like the character.
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"That's totally the case, for instance, with
Chow Yun-Fat's wardrobe in A Better Tomorrow.
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The black suits in Pulp Fiction,
that's my suit of armor."
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As the movie goes on, the suits gradually go
from clean and crisp to dirty and mussed up,
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until Jules and Vince are finally forced to strip them off
and dress in the exact opposite of cool: shorts and t-shirts.
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Notice that we are just now coming to the end of the long
Steadicam shot. It's been one continuous shot for over 21/2 minutes.
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This long, uninterrupted shot helps
build the tension for the coming violence.
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Pulp Fiction is infused with
Quentin Tarantino's love of films.
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From story lines to camera angles, from
dialogue to hairdos, from characters to weapons,
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the film is filled with references to and inspirations
from films around the world and throughout history.
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Inspirations for this film include everything from 1950s teen flicks
to 1970s Blaxploitation, from 1940s film noir to 1970s kung fu.
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Combining old movie stories with modern movie style, Quentin
fuses everything together to create a film entirely his own.
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One of the enjoyable things about this film is
that it reminds you of so many other great movies.
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Hopefully by learning about some of
Pulp Fiction s many cinematic references,
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you will be inspired to watch some of
the movies that have inspired Quentin.
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The door was opened by Marvin, the "inside
man." He is standing in the corner by the door.
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This is Brett. He's
played by Frank Whaley.
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Frank has been in such films as Swimming With
Sharks, Field of Dreams and A Midnight Clear.
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Note that the earlier wide shots and long takes have
now been replaced with tighter shots and lots of edits.
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This changes the rhythm of the film and
increases the tension for what's about to happen.
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Note the framing of this shot. Brett is seated, while
Jules is standing. This puts Jules in a position of power.
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You can see Jules in front of Brett and Vincent behind Brett,
creating the feeling that Brett is trapped between the two gunmen.
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Big Kahuna Burgers are first mentioned in Quentin's film Reservoir Dogs A
Big Kahuna Burger was also eaten by Seth in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn
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Five years after executive-producing Pulp Fiction,
Danny DeVito acted in a film called The Big Kahuna
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If you pay attention, you'll see the amount of Brett's
burger that has been eaten changes when Jules picks it up.
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Jules and Vincent are here
to get Marsellus's briefcase.
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There has been a great deal of discussion in the media, on the
Internet and in academic circles about what is in the briefcase.
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Quentin has said he won't reveal the contents of the
briefcase, preferring for viewers to decide on their own.
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Later on in the movie we'll discuss some of the
theories that viewers have about the briefcase contents.
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You never see Vincent close up during this scene. He is a
threat that is hovering in the background, out of Brett's sight.
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Marvin is played by Phil LaMarr. He also
played the stage manager in the film It s Pat,
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which starred Quentin's friend Julia
Sweeney, who is also in Pulp Fiction
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Phil and Julia were members of the Los
Angeles comedy troupe The Groundlings.
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Phil was also a cast member on
the sketch television show Mad TV
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Notice that while Jules is drinking,
there is no cutaway to Brett.
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Because the viewer expects to see Brett,
the lack of edit builds tension even more.
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When Jules refers to the guy on the couch as "Flock
of Seagulls," he is referring to his stupid haircut.
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Flock of Seagulls was an English band from the
early 1980s whose biggest hit was I Ran (So Far Away)
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The band's singer had a strange
haircut that fell into his eyes.
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Singer Mike Score and his band-mate
Frank Maudsley were former hairdressers.
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Despite the success of the band's hit song, they
are best known today for Mike's stupid haircut.
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About the briefcase, Quentin says to fans, "I love the
mythology that's in the movie and grown up around it.
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So you think you want me to tell you
[what's in the briefcase], but you don't."
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While some critics accuse Quentin of shocking viewers with gratuitous
violence, in reality this film has very little on-screen violence,
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and what little there is, is balanced
out with a lot of positive values.
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The movie is not as violent as some people think it is
(certainly not by the standards of modern action movies).
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It SEEMS more violent than it is because of how Quentin
tells his story. Most of the violence is off-screen.
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When the guys in the apartment are shot, the
camera is on Jules or Vincent, not on the victims.
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When the hypodermic needle goes into Mia's chest, the camera cuts away to
a reaction shot of Rosanna Arquette. Marvin is shot in the car off-screen.
00:18:30.141 – 00:18:35.078
Zed and Maynard's assault of Marsellus (in the pawn shop basement)
mostly occurs off-screen, except when Butch comes to rescue him.
00:18:35.146 – 00:18:40.641
The film only shows viewers six major deaths... Brett, Roger and the
Fourth Man (all from the apartment): plus Vincent, Marvin and Maynard.
00:18:40.718 – 00:18:46.657
There are also three unseen or implied
deaths... Floyd Wilson, the dead boxer:
00:18:46.724 – 00:18:52.663
The Gimp, who we assume is dead from a broken neck: and Zed,
who we assume will be dead when Marsellus is through with him.
00:18:52.73 – 00:18:58.669
Balancing out this body count are the lives
of several people who are saved in the movie.
00:18:58.736 – 00:19:04.675
Mia is brought back from the dead after an
overdose, Marsellus is saved by Butch in the basement
00:19:04.742 – 00:19:10.681
and many potential victims in the coffee shop are saved after
Jules talks Honey Bunny and Pumpkin into calling off their robbery.
00:19:10.748 – 00:19:16.687
And, of course, the lives of Jules and Vincent are saved
when a volley of shots in the apartment misses them.
00:19:16.754 – 00:19:25.093
Jules chooses to call this a miracle,
a sign from God, and retires from crime.
00:19:25.163 – 00:19:31.693
Vincent shrugs it off,
and pays the price.
00:19:31.769 – 00:19:36.706
Jules's upcoming Ezekiel speech is reminiscent
of Preacher Harry Powell, the murderous man of God
00:19:36.774 – 00:19:41.711
played by Robert Mitchum in the
classic film The Night of the Hunter
00:19:41.779 – 00:19:46.716
Quentin was more inspired by Sonny Chiba's
television series Kage No Gunda, or Shadow Warriors
00:19:46.784 – 00:19:51.721
In the series, the villain would hear a lengthy morality lecture from
Chiba about how the world must be rid of evil before finally being killed.
00:19:51.789 – 00:19:56.726
Quentin met Sonny in Japan while promoting Reservoir Dogs Quentin
invited Sonny to visit the set of Pulp Fiction during filming.
00:19:56.794 – 00:20:01.731
Coincidentally, he arrived on the same day that Sam
Jackson was delivering his Ezekiel speech in the apartment.
00:20:01.799 – 00:20:06.736
Quentin told Sonny how he was
the inspiration for the scene.
00:20:06.804 – 00:20:11.741
Sam Jackson was excited about meeting the legendary action
star because he is a huge fan of Sonny's martial arts films.
00:20:11.809 – 00:20:18.738
The Ezekiel speech was originally written for the character of Jacob (Harvey
Keitel) to keep the vampires away in Quentin's script for From Dusk Till Dawn
00:20:18.816 – 00:20:24.755
The actual text of Ezekiel is, "And I will execute
great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes:
00:20:24.822 – 00:20:29.759
and they shall know that I am the LQRD,
when I shall lay my vengeance upon them."
00:20:29.827 – 00:20:35.766
The original text has been changed for his own dramatic
purposes. Quentin says, "I re-wrote it a little bit.
00:20:35.833 – 00:20:42.83
Typical writer... 'It doesn't work that well. I gotta make
that a little better.' Bible quotes are hard to re-write."
00:20:58.456 – 00:21:03.393
When Jules finishes shooting the yuppie kids, his gun is locked
back in the open position, indicating he is out of bullets.
00:21:03.461 – 00:21:08.398
When this scene replays later, the slide is
forward and the gun remains loaded after firing,
00:21:08.466 – 00:21:13.403
allowing him to blow away the hidden
gunman who comes out of the bathroom.
00:21:13.471 – 00:21:18.408
"Let's Stay Together" was written by Al Green, Al
Jackson Jr., Willie Mitchell, and performed by Al Green.
00:21:18.476 – 00:21:23.413
According to Al Green, the use of his song
in this film brought him renewed recognition
00:21:23.481 – 00:21:28.418
and led him to release his first secular album in 17
years (after years of recording only gospel albums).
00:21:28.486 – 00:21:33.423
Although you never see it, the
name of this bar is Sally Le Roy's.
00:21:33.491 – 00:21:38.428
Note the sharp line of a shadow on the bottom half
of Butch's face, dividing it into light and dark.
00:21:38.496 – 00:21:43.433
Some think this represents his
choice between good and evil.
00:21:43.501 – 00:21:48.438
Butch Coolidge is
played by Bruce Willis.
00:21:48.506 – 00:21:55.503
Bruce Willis also made an uncredited appearance as Leo
in Quentin's segment for the anthology film Four Rooms
00:22:08.593 – 00:22:13.53
Halfway through the production of Pulp Fiction, the
cinematographer Andrzej Sekula shattered his leg in a car accident.
00:22:13.598 – 00:22:18.535
He completed the film
working in a wheelchair.
00:22:33.618 – 00:22:38.555
The man you can't see is Marsellus
Wallace, the man Vincent and Jules work for.
00:22:38.623 – 00:22:43.56
From when he first wrote the script, Quentin knew that
he would keep Marsellus off-camera during this scene.
00:22:43.628 – 00:22:48.565
Not showing Marsellus's face makes him seem like a more
powerful, mysterious figure, and builds tension in the scene.
00:22:48.633 – 00:22:53.57
Marsellus is played by Ving Rhames.
00:22:53.638 – 00:22:59.577
Ving Rhames's real name is Irving Rhames. He was given the nickname
"Ving" by the actor Stanley Tucci, his one-time roommate in college.
00:22:59.644 – 00:23:05.583
In Quentin's first film, Reservoir Dogs, Joe Cabot mentions an
underworld figure who's away on a long stretch named Marsellus Spivey.
00:23:05.65 – 00:23:10.587
Floyd Wilson is the name of the fighter
to whom Butch is supposed to lose.
00:23:10.655 – 00:23:15.592
Wilson was also the name of the fighter
against whom Terry Malloy took a dive
00:23:15.66 – 00:23:20.597
in On the Waterfront, probably the
most famous boxer-takes-a-dive movie.
00:23:20.665 – 00:23:25.602
Many people wonder why there is
a Band-Aid on Marsellus's neck.
00:23:25.67 – 00:23:31.609
Some think this proves that the devil has stolen Marsellus's
soul (through an incision on the back of his head).
00:23:31.676 – 00:23:36.613
The real reason is that Ving Rhames
had a scar on the back of his neck.
00:23:36.681 – 00:23:42.62
The makeup artist covered it with a Band-Aid
so that the scar wouldn't distract the audience.
00:23:42.687 – 00:23:47.624
In the original script, Vince
arrives at Sally Le Roy's
00:23:47.692 – 00:23:53.631
and parks right next to Butch's white Honda
despite the fact the parking lot is almost empty.
00:23:53.698 – 00:23:59.637
This information about the parking will help you
connect the next Butch scene with a later Vincent scene.
00:23:59.704 – 00:24:04.641
The ensemble cast meant that different
stars came in to work at different times.
00:24:04.709 – 00:24:10.705
The crew described it as shooting three
separate movies, each with its own set of stars.
00:24:17.889 – 00:24:23.828
The bartender refers
to himself as "Paul."
00:24:23.895 – 00:24:28.832
In the script, the character is described as "English Dave. Dave
isn't really English. He's a young black man from Baldwin Park."
00:24:28.9 – 00:24:34.839
When Quentin worked at Video Archives, he used to
have a roommate known as "Dave the British Guy."
00:24:34.906 – 00:24:39.843
In the diner scene at the end of the film,
Jules refers to the character as "English Bob."
00:24:39.911 – 00:24:45.85
Paul is played by Paul Calderon. He also plays
Norman in Quentin's anthology film Four Rooms
00:24:45.917 – 00:24:50.854
Paul was a New York stage actor
who almost got the part of Jules.
00:24:50.922 – 00:24:56.861
Sam Jackson had already been
promised the role of Jules.
00:24:56.928 – 00:25:02.867
Paul auditioned for the part of Jules. He really
impressed everyone and almost took the part away from Sam.
00:25:02.934 – 00:25:07.894
Harvey Weinstein convinced Sam to
come back in for a second audition.
00:25:07.972 – 00:25:16.471
Sam performed the final diner scene, blew everyone
away and secured the role that made him a star.
00:25:24.655 – 00:25:30.594
In a moment, Butch will buy some Red Apple
cigarettes. They're a brand that Quentin made up.
00:25:30.661 – 00:25:35.598
Red Apple is also the brand of cigarettes
smoked by Tim Roth's character in Four Rooms
00:25:35.666 – 00:25:40.603
Red Apple cigarettes can also be seen on a
billboard in Romy and Michele s High School Reunion
00:25:40.671 – 00:25:45.608
That film had the same art
director as From Dusk Till Dawn
00:25:45.676 – 00:25:52.605
Vincent calls Butch "Palooka," a reference to a boxer named
Joe Palooka who was supposed to lose a fight, but didn't.
00:25:52.683 – 00:25:57.62
Many people consider the term to
be synonymous with a losing boxer.
00:25:57.688 – 00:26:03.627
Butch is angry at Vincent, but he doesn't want to pick a fight
because he can see that Vincent is good friends with Marsellus.
00:26:03.694 – 00:26:08.631
You'll realize later that he found
another way to get back at Vincent.
00:26:08.699 – 00:26:15.696
Instead of yelling "Cut" at the end of scenes,
Quentin would sometimes just yell, "We're loving it!"
00:26:25.283 – 00:26:30.22
This scene takes place in Echo
Park, a suburb of Los Angeles.
00:26:30.288 – 00:26:35.225
This character with all the piercing is
Jody, who is played by Rosanna Arquette.
00:26:35.293 – 00:26:40.23
Rosanna's brother Alexis Arquette plays
The Fourth Man at the end of the movie,
00:26:40.298 – 00:26:46.237
and her sister Patricia Arquette played
the character of Alabama in True Romance
00:26:46.304 – 00:26:53.233
Quentin asked Pam Grier to audition for the part of Jody but
didn't think it would be believable for Eric to yell at her.
00:26:53.311 – 00:26:59.25
He finally got to work with Pam when he
cast her in the lead role of Jackie Brown
00:26:59.317 – 00:27:06.314
Jody's friend Trudy is played by Bronagh Gallagher,
who was also in The Commitments and The Phantom Menace
00:27:08.893 – 00:27:15.389
The drug dealer Lance is played by Eric Stoltz. Lance
was also the name of Clarence's boss in True Romance
00:27:15.466 – 00:27:20.802
Both characters are named after Quentin's
boss at Video Archives, Lance Lawson.
00:27:24.141 – 00:27:29.078
The second type of heroin is called
"Bava" as a tribute to Mario Bava,
00:27:29.146 – 00:27:34.083
the director of Black Sabbath, one
of the inspirations for Pulp Fiction
00:27:34.151 – 00:27:39.248
Eric appeared with Tim Roth in
the film Bodies, Rest & Motion
00:27:39.323 – 00:27:45.262
He was promoting the film at the Sundance Film
Festival when Tim Roth introduced him to Quentin.
00:27:45.329 – 00:27:51.268
Quentin later agreed to appear in a film
that Eric was producing called Sleep with Me
00:27:51.335 – 00:27:58.332
Sleep with Me featured Quentin delivering an unforgettable
monologue about the homosexual subtext of Top Gun
00:28:10.421 – 00:28:15.518
The music in the background is
"'Bustin' Surfboards" by the Tornadoes.
00:28:15.593 – 00:28:20.929
The Tornadoes were a California band formed by
the Sanders brothers with a cousin and a friend.
00:28:20.998 – 00:28:25.992
They are unrelated to the other
three bands called the Tornadoes.
00:28:26.07 – 00:28:36.071
There were bands called the Tornadoes in
the Midwest, in Washington, and in England.
00:28:43.154 – 00:28:48.091
Lance is out of balloons, the traditional
way to package and transport heroin.
00:28:48.159 – 00:28:53.153
Instead he uses a regular kitchen baggie.
This will become a problem later on.
00:29:30.634 – 00:29:37.563
When Vincent complains about his keyed car, we
realize how Butch found a way to get back at Vincent.
00:29:37.641 – 00:29:44.57
Quentin originally had a monologue here with Lance complaining
about a guy who intentionally gave him wrong directions.
00:29:44.648 – 00:29:50.712
Quentin took it out because he felt the movie
needed to get to the date with Mia sooner.
00:29:50.788 – 00:29:55.487
You can see Lance's monologue in the
deleted scenes section of the DVD.
00:30:11.342 – 00:30:16.279
The heroin scene determined
the fate of this film.
00:30:16.347 – 00:30:22.286
Jersey Films had a distribution deal with TriStar Films, but
TriStar did not want to release a film that featured a heroin user.
00:30:22.353 – 00:30:28.292
Miramax stepped in and signed a deal to take over the film,
beginning a long and fruitful relationship with Quentin.
00:30:28.359 – 00:30:33.296
They have released all of
Quentin's movies since then.
00:30:33.364 – 00:30:38.301
John Travolta was very hesitant
about playing a heroin addict.
00:30:38.369 – 00:30:43.306
Quentin had to talk him
into taking this role.
00:30:43.374 – 00:30:48.311
Vincent Vega drives a
Chevelle Malibu convertible.
00:30:48.379 – 00:30:59.449
The Malibu driven by John Travolta in the film actually
belonged to Quentin Tarantino. It was later stolen.
00:30:59.523 – 00:31:05.462
In a moment, you will see footage of a
city street projected behind Vincent's car.
00:31:05.529 – 00:31:10.466
This is called a "process shot"
and was used in older films.
00:31:10.534 – 00:31:16.53
This is another example of Quentin calling
attention to cinematic conventions, like Godard did.
00:31:19.343 – 00:31:29.344
The song playing in the background is
"Bullwinkle, Part Il" by the Centurions.
00:32:03.42 – 00:32:09.586
"Son Of A Preacher Man" was written by John Hurley
and Ronnie Wilkins, and performed by Dusty Springfield.
00:32:09.66 – 00:32:14.597
According to Quentin, this song
was always part of the scene.
00:32:14.665 – 00:32:20.399
Quentin says, "That sequence in the movie where a guy goes to a house to
pick up a date and he's waiting for her, and there's all this tension...
00:32:20.471 – 00:32:26.603
"That whole idea for a story I've had in my head for six or
seven years, and it always was scored to 'Son of a Preacher Man.'
00:32:26.677 – 00:32:31.614
"The key to the sequence was 'Son of a Preacher Man.'
I can't even imagine it without 'Son of a Preacher Man.'
00:32:31.682 – 00:32:36.619
I probably would have cut [the scene] out
if I couldn't get 'Son of a Preacher Man."'
00:32:36.687 – 00:32:44.617
Mia Wallace is played by Uma Thurman. Uma was nominated for an Academy
Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Pulp Fiction
00:32:44.695 – 00:32:49.632
Uma Thurman uses the word "disco"
as an affirmation (like "bingo").
00:32:49.7 – 00:32:55.696
Coincidentally, John Travolta starred in the most
famous disco movie of all time, Saturday Night Fever
00:33:11.789 – 00:33:17.853
The story of Vincent and Mia is
reminiscent of the film Out of the Past,
00:33:17.928 – 00:33:22.422
in which Robert Mitchum
falls for a bad guy's girl.
00:33:31.875 – 00:33:37.472
Once again, Quentin is introducing a character
without letting the viewer see their face.
00:33:37.548 – 00:33:41.609
As before, this builds tension
about who we are about to meet.
00:33:41.685 – 00:33:48.614
The picture of Uma Thurman hanging on
the wall was painted by Steve Martinez,
00:33:48.692 – 00:33:54.631
the brother of Jerry Martinez, the
chief graphic designer on Pulp Fiction
00:33:54.698 – 00:34:01.627
Jerry has known Quentin since their days working
together at the Video Archives video store.
00:34:01.705 – 00:34:07.644
In a scene that was deleted from the final
movie, Mia first appears behind a camcorder,
00:34:07.711 – 00:34:12.648
using it to interview Vincent
and find out more about him.
00:34:12.716 – 00:34:18.655
In the deleted scene, Mia says the world
can be divided into two types of people...
00:34:18.722 – 00:34:23.659
Elvis people and Beatles people.
She decides Vincent is an Elvis man.
00:34:23.727 – 00:34:30.656
When Mia says, "An Elvis man should love it," she's
referring to the earlier deleted interview scene.
00:34:30.734 – 00:34:35.671
The drawing effect is another homage to the unexpected
anti-cinematic conventions of the French New Wave.
00:34:35.739 – 00:34:40.676
In the deleted scene, Mia also asks Vincent if he
has ever fantasized about being beaten up by a girl.
00:34:40.744 – 00:34:45.681
He replies, "Sure. Emma
Peel on The Avengers
00:34:45.749 – 00:34:50.686
Three years later, Uma Thurman played
Emma Peel in a film version of The Avengers
00:34:50.754 – 00:34:55.691
The Jack Rabbit Slim's bunny logo was designed by Russell Vossler
and Gerald Martinez, two of Quentin's colleagues from Video Archives.
00:34:55.759 – 00:35:00.696
As they walk through the restaurant, you can see people
imitating various pop culture icons of the 1950s and '60s.
00:35:00.764 – 00:35:05.701
The restaurant host is imitating Ed Sullivan, who hosted
a very popular television variety show from 1948 to 1971.
00:35:05.769 – 00:35:12.698
Sullivan's show was an old-fashioned variety show,
featuring a combination of every act imaginable...
00:35:12.776 – 00:35:17.713
everything from Chinese
acrobats to Broadway shows,
00:35:17.781 – 00:35:22.718
from opera singers to sports figures,
from plate spinners to rock bands.
00:35:22.786 – 00:35:27.723
The Ed Sullivan Show was so popular that his show was a Sunday
night institution for Americans throughout the 1950s and '60s.
00:35:27.791 – 00:35:33.73
Some of the people who appeared on Ed Sullivan's show
are the personalities you'll see in this restaurant:
00:35:33.797 – 00:35:38.734
Ricky Nelson, Marilyn Monroe, Mamie van
Doren, James Dean, and Martin & Lewis.
00:35:38.802 – 00:35:45.731
While most of the film was shot on existing locations,
Jack Rabbit Slim's was built especially for this movie.
00:35:45.809 – 00:35:50.746
An ad for Jack Rabbit Slim's can also be heard
during the torture scene in Reservoir Dogs.
00:35:50.814 – 00:35:55.751
In the background, you can hear two guys imitating
the comedy/singing team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
00:35:55.819 – 00:36:00.756
Jerry Lewis was an actor who
became a director (like Quentin).
00:36:00.824 – 00:36:05.761
To help him direct, he invented the video assist,
which is used by almost all filmmakers today.
00:36:05.829 – 00:36:10.766
The waiter dressed as Zorro is the
film's producer, Lawrence Bender.
00:36:10.834 – 00:36:15.771
The restaurant is decorated with posters for the classic "B" movies that Quentin
loves, such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Motorcycle Gang and The Young Racers
00:36:15.839 – 00:36:22.711
The decor was inspired by such classic racing pictures as the Howard
Hawks film Red Line 7000 and the Elvis Presley vehicle Speedway
00:36:22.88 – 00:36:27.647
You can't see it until the dance scene,
but the dance stage looks like a tachometer.
00:36:27.718 – 00:36:32.655
The Buddy Holly waiter is
played by Steve Buscemi.
00:36:32.723 – 00:36:37.66
His schedule prevented him from having a major role
in Pulp Fiction, but he agreed to play this cameo role.
00:36:37.728 – 00:36:42.665
In Reservoir Dogs, Buscemi played Mr.
Pink, who refused to tip waitresses.
00:36:42.733 – 00:36:47.67
The character was based on Quentin, who in his early
days was notorious among his friends for not tipping.
00:36:47.738 – 00:36:52.675
Buscemi thought Vincent and Mia should
refuse to tip the Buddy Holly waiter.
00:36:52.743 – 00:36:57.68
Like all 1950s diners, the food here is named after '50s
icons, but Quentin picked some a little more off-beat.
00:36:57.748 – 00:37:04.551
The "Douglas Sirk steak" refers to the great director of such films
as Written on the Wind, The Tarnished Angels and Magnificent Obsession
00:37:04.621 – 00:37:09.558
The steak can be prepared "burnt to a crisp or bloody as
hell," a reference to the director's more melodramatic films.
00:37:09.626 – 00:37:14.563
Sirk's film Magnificent Obsession was remade by one of
Quentin's favorite directors, John Woo, as The Killer
00:37:14.631 – 00:37:20.365
Mia's burger is named after Durward Kirby, the
announcer/co-host/performer on a number of 1950s variety shows.
00:37:20.437 – 00:37:25.773
"Amos 'n' Andy" refers to a radio and
television show featuring black characters,
00:37:25.842 – 00:37:30.711
while "Martin & Lewis" was a
white stage and screen team.
00:37:30.781 – 00:37:49.622
This is the waiter's way of asking if she
wants her milkshake chocolate or vanilla.
00:37:49.7 – 00:37:55.639
Note that Mia also smokes Red Apple
cigarettes, the same brand that Butch smokes.
00:37:55.706 – 00:38:01.269
Mia calls Vincent "cowboy." Vincent
calls Mia "cowgirl" in return.
00:38:01.345 – 00:38:08.274
John Travolta starred in the film Urban
Cowboy, which was a massive box office success.
00:38:08.352 – 00:38:16.282
Uma Thurman starred in Even Cowgirls Get the
Blues, which was a massive box office failure.
00:38:16.36 – 00:38:21.297
Later on, Winston Wolf asks Vincent, "How 'bout you, Lash
LaRue? Can you keep your spurs from jingling and jangling?"
00:38:21.365 – 00:38:26.302
Lash LaRue was an actor who came to fame in
a series of Western movies in the late 1940s.
00:38:26.37 – 00:38:33.299
A lot of dialogue was cut out of this scene to emphasize
the "uncomfortable silences" that go with a first date.
00:38:33.377 – 00:38:42.308
In the Deleted Scenes section of the DVD, you can
see a longer, slower-paced version of this scene.
00:38:42.386 – 00:38:47.289
Uma refers to her "15 minutes." This is a
reference to a very famous quote by Andy Warhol,
00:38:47.357 – 00:38:52.021
a pop artist who claimed that "in the future,
everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."
00:38:52.095 – 00:38:57.089
Uma Thurman talks about the pilot she
did for a show called Fox Force Five
00:38:57.167 – 00:39:02.104
This is not the only fictitious
movie or show created by Quentin.
00:39:02.172 – 00:39:07.109
True Romance mentions The Return of T
J Hooker and Coming Home in a Body Bag
00:39:07.177 – 00:39:13.116
The character Mia describes playing in Fox Force Five
bears some resemblance to the sexy spy Modesty Blaise.
00:39:13.183 – 00:39:18.12
For the rest of the movie, we will notice
Vincent reading the book Modesty Blaise
00:39:18.188 – 00:39:23.125
Quentin deleted the camcorder interview
scene because he felt the cinematic device
00:39:23.193 – 00:39:28.13
of the camcorder interview was
becoming clichéd in films at the time.
00:39:28.198 – 00:39:33.135
Generally, Quentin doesn't have a lot of
scenes that get cut out of the final film.
00:39:33.203 – 00:39:39.142
He does his editing during the writing period. What's in
the script is usually pretty close to the finished film.
00:39:39.209 – 00:39:44.146
Quentin did some tests transferring
the camcorder scene from video to film.
00:39:44.214 – 00:39:49.151
At the time, Quentin says, he realized that you could
shoot a feature on video and transfer it to film.
00:39:49.219 – 00:39:54.156
Before the end of the decade,
this had become common practice.
00:39:54.224 – 00:39:59.161
In behind-the-scenes footage shot
during the making of Pulp Fiction,
00:39:59.229 – 00:40:05.168
Bruce Willis points to a camcorder and says, "Someday,
some kid will use one of these to make a feature film."
00:40:05.235 – 00:40:11.174
Six years later, a film shot on a camcorder (The Blair Witch
Project) became one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.
00:40:11.241 – 00:40:16.178
Tarantino says he loved
working with Uma Thurman.
00:40:16.246 – 00:40:22.185
"After we worked on Pulp Fiction, we've always kind
of felt she was my actress and I was her director.
00:40:22.252 – 00:40:27.189
So we just wanted to
work together again."
00:40:27.257 – 00:40:33.196
In the year 2002, the Pulp Fiction star and director are
working on their next film together, tentatively titled Kill Bill
00:40:33.263 – 00:40:38.2
According to Quentin, it was "an idea
that I had on the set of Pulp Fiction
00:40:38.268 – 00:40:43.205
I wrote the first 30 pages of it right
after Pulp Fiction, then put it away."
00:40:43.273 – 00:40:48.21
Seven years later, he pulled out
Kill Bill and finished the script,
00:40:48.278 – 00:40:53.215
which Quentin describes as a
"balls-to-the-wall, violent revenge movie."
00:41:04.294 – 00:41:10.233
Uma's hairdo is reminiscent of a score of cinematic vixens,
from Louise Brooks in G.W. Pabst's film Pandora s Box (1928)
00:41:10.3 – 00:41:15.237
to Anna Karina in Jean-Luc
Godard's A Woman is a Woman (1961)
00:41:15.305 – 00:41:20.242
to Melanie Griffith in Jonathan
Demme's Something Wild (1986).
00:41:20.31 – 00:41:25.247
Mia's character contains a little
bit of each of those other characters.
00:41:25.315 – 00:41:30.252
Like all those other women,
she can lead a man to trouble.
00:41:30.32 – 00:41:36.259
Jack Rabbit Slim's is a parody of the 1950s "theme" restaurants
that seemed to take over America in the 1980s and '90s.
00:41:36.326 – 00:41:42.265
In Quentin's script, he refers to this as "either the best
or worst of these places, depending on your point of view."
00:41:42.332 – 00:41:47.998
The production notes refer to
this as "a theme diner on heroin."
00:41:50.44 – 00:41:56.936
In this part of the scene, Quentin uses an unusual framing to
reflect how the characters are uncomfortable with each other.
00:41:57.013 – 00:42:01.916
Uma Thurman has a very interesting
family. Her father, Robert A. F. Thurman,
00:42:01.985 – 00:42:06.922
is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies
at Columbia University School of Religion.
00:42:06.99 – 00:42:11.927
He was the first westerner to become a Tibetan
Buddhist monk. He named Uma for a Hindu goddess.
00:42:11.995 – 00:42:16.932
Her mother Nena was a Swedish
model who became a psychotherapist.
00:42:17 – 00:42:21.937
At 16, Nena was discovered in Stockholm
by photographer Norman Parkinson.
00:42:22.005 – 00:42:26.942
Salvador Dali introduced Uma's mother
Nena to her first husband, Timothy Leary.
00:42:27.01 – 00:42:31.947
Uma's grandmother, Brigit Holmquist, has a nude
statue of her standing in the port town of Trelleborg.
00:42:32.015 – 00:42:36.952
Uma once described herself as "Tall, sandy blonde, with sort
of blue eyes, skinny in places, fat in others. An average gal."
00:42:37.02 – 00:42:41.957
Empire magazine didn't think she was average when they chose her
as one of the Sexiest Stars in film history (#20 on the list).
00:42:42.025 – 00:42:46.962
From 1990 to 1992, Uma was married to
Gary Oldman, a close friend of Tim Roth.
00:42:47.03 – 00:42:52.434
Uma once said, "It is better to have a relationship with someone
who cheats on you than with someone who does not flush the toilet."
00:42:52.502 – 00:42:57.337
We don't know if she
was talking about Gary.
00:43:11.321 – 00:43:19.319
The framing of the scene is now more conventional, to reflect
how the characters are more comfortable with each other.
00:43:21.598 – 00:43:31.269
After Quentin's first film, Reservoir Dogs,
brought him international acclaim and attention,
00:43:31.341 – 00:43:41.273
the world was anxiously awaiting the follow -up from this
exciting new filmmaker. Pulp Fiction did not disappoint.
00:43:41.351 – 00:43:51.283
If you weren't around at the time, it's hard to appreciate
the incredible impact Pulp Fiction had when it was released.
00:43:51.361 – 00:44:01.293
Around the world, it received glowing reviews from ecstatic
film critics as a masterpiece of an original talent.
00:44:01.371 – 00:44:11.303
So great was the impact and influence of Pulp Fiction
that even though it was only Quentin's second film,
00:44:11.381 – 00:44:21.416
the adjective "Tarantino-esque" instantly
became widely accepted around the world.
00:44:21.491 – 00:44:31.423
You couldn't go anywhere that year where people weren't talking about the
film, and Pulp Fiction references and parodies were all over the airwaves.
00:44:31.501 – 00:44:41.433
Pulp Fiction went on to become one of
the most successful movies of the year,
00:44:41.511 – 00:44:51.443
earning over $200 million worldwide and
picking up seven Academy Award nominations.
00:44:51.521 – 00:45:01.556
Despite the fact that Forrest Gump swept the next
year's Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction was THE film of 1994,
00:45:01.631 – 00:45:11.563
and... many people say... the
most important film of the decade.
00:45:11.641 – 00:45:21.573
It's worth noting that even though it made almost as much money as
Forrest Gump, it was produced for a small fraction of Gump s budget.
00:45:21.651 – 00:45:31.583
It's important to Quentin to
make films for reasonable prices
00:45:31.661 – 00:45:41.593
so that financiers will get their money back and everyone
can be happy and he'll be able to make more films.
00:45:41.671 – 00:45:51.603
Quentin says, "I always want to make
sure I put the money on the screen.
00:45:51.681 – 00:46:01.556
"On Reservoir Dogs, we shot the movie for 1.5 million,
but I wanted it to look like an eight-million-dollar movie.
00:46:01.624 – 00:46:11.556
"With Pulp, we had $8 million. I wanted
it to look like a $20-25 million movie.
00:46:11.634 – 00:46:21.566
I wanted it to look like an epic. It's an epic in everything... in invention,
in ambition, in length, in scope, in everything except the price tag."
00:46:21.644 – 00:46:31.576
Pulp Fiction firmly established Tarantino as an
influential filmmaking talent and a major Hollywood player.
00:47:42.792 – 00:47:49.789
The reason Mia says Vincent's name funny is because she
is imitating Elvis Presley (remember, he's "an Elvis man").
00:48:05.348 – 00:48:10.547
The song they dance to is You Never Can
Tell, written and performed by Chuck Berry.
00:48:10.62 – 00:48:15.557
Many people felt that the dancing scene
was an homage to Saturday Night Fever,
00:48:15.625 – 00:48:20.562
which featured John Travolta
doing a lot of disco dancing.
00:48:20.63 – 00:48:25.567
Quentin says, "Everybody thinks that I wrote
this scene just to have John Travolta dancing.
00:48:25.635 – 00:48:30.572
"But the scene existed
before John Travolta was cast.
00:48:30.64 – 00:48:35.577
But once he was cast, it was like, 'Great.
We get to see John dance. All the better."'
00:48:35.645 – 00:48:40.582
The dance competition is actually inspired by
an earlier film, Jean-Luc Godard's Bande à parte
00:48:40.65 – 00:48:45.587
Quentin says, "My favorite musical
sequences have always been in Godard [films],
00:48:45.655 – 00:48:50.592
"because they just come out of nowhere.
It's so infectious, so friendly.
00:48:50.66 – 00:48:56.599
And the fact that it's not a musical, but he's stopping the
movie to have a musical sequence, makes it all the more sweet."
00:48:56.666 – 00:49:02.605
Quentin explained some general moves to the
two actors and showed them their basic moves,
00:49:02.672 – 00:49:07.609
but otherwise they did not have
any professional choreography help.
00:49:07.677 – 00:49:13.616
Quentin showed the actors the scene from Bande á parte
to show them what he was looking for in the scene.
00:49:13.683 – 00:49:18.62
Quentin said some of Mia's
dance moves were inspired
00:49:18.688 – 00:49:23.682
by the dancing of Duchess in the
Disney animated feature The Aristocats
00:49:34.637 – 00:49:40.075
Quentin stood to the side and called
out dance moves for John and Uma to do.
00:49:40.143 – 00:49:45.445
The dancing became one of the
most iconic scenes of the film.
00:50:06.169 – 00:50:11.106
Some think that Mia and Vincent
did not win the dance contest,
00:50:11.174 – 00:50:16.168
but in fact stole the trophy to
make it look like they had won.
00:50:43.206 – 00:50:48.473
The exchange about too much information was
one Quentin used to have with his friends.
00:50:48.544 – 00:50:54.141
So far we've seen Mia with a record
player and a reel-to-reel tape player.
00:50:54.217 – 00:50:59.154
Apparently she does
not have a CD player.
00:50:59.222 – 00:51:04.159
The song "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" was
originally written and performed by Neil Diamond,
00:51:04.227 – 00:51:09.164
who scored a Top 20 hit
with the song in 1967
00:51:09.232 – 00:51:14.169
This version is performed by Urge Qverkill,
who recorded it for their Stull E.P.
00:51:14.237 – 00:51:20.176
Quentin says, "I've always loved Neil Diamond's version
of that song, but I like their version even better.
00:51:20.243 – 00:51:25.18
"Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this was
the song Mia had to dance to by herself.
00:51:25.248 – 00:51:32.245
It was one of those things where I was in love with
four or five [other] songs, then I found my true love."
00:52:22.839 – 00:52:29.768
The bathroom mirror is an effective
metaphor for the character's self-reflection.
00:52:29.846 – 00:52:34.783
Quentin likes using bathrooms
for these moments of reflection.
00:52:34.851 – 00:52:41.78
Quentin says, "It's small, it's private and you have
a mirror in front of you. What more could you want?"
00:52:46.863 – 00:52:51.8
Other Quentin characters that
talk to themselves in the mirror
00:52:51.868 – 00:52:56.862
include Freddie in Reservoir
Dogs and Clarence in True Romance
00:53:10.653 – 00:53:15.59
Remember how Lance was out of balloons?
00:53:15.658 – 00:53:21.597
Because of the baggie, Mia thinks that
Vince's extremely pure heroin is just cocaine.
00:53:21.664 – 00:53:27.603
The idea for this scene has its roots in Quentin's
aborted attempt at a first film, My Best Friend s Birthday,
00:53:27.67 – 00:53:33.666
when his character of Clarence snorts
itching powder that he believes to be cocaine.
00:53:39.115 – 00:53:44.052
The media focused a lot of attention on
the casting of John Travolta in this film.
00:53:44.12 – 00:53:50.059
Some people feel that Quentin plays an important role giving
second chances to actors that are forgotten by everyone else.
00:53:50.126 – 00:53:56.065
Quentin says he's happy to help out actors, but his
motivation is to make movies the best way he can,
00:53:56.132 – 00:54:01.069
and that's by casting actors that are as
adventurous as his writing and directing.
00:54:01.137 – 00:54:07.076
Quentin says, "I think there is far less artistry in the
casting of most mainstream movies than there should be.
00:54:07.143 – 00:54:13.082
"The biggest problem is that most of the
mainstream movies are working from the same list,
00:54:13.149 – 00:54:19.088
so in a given year, you see the same character
actor who happens to be hot at the moment."
00:54:19.155 – 00:54:24.058
Quentin has always stressed that his priority is casting
the best actor for the part, no matter who the actor is.
00:54:24.126 – 00:54:29.086
Quentin's motto is, "Treat actors like they're movie
stars, and treat movie stars like they're actors."
00:54:29.165 – 00:54:34.102
From Dusk Till Dawn star George Clooney says, "Quentin's in a
great position in that he can get films made with those people.
00:54:34.17 – 00:54:40.109
It's the great advantage of being Quentin, and he's taking full
advantage, which is not just admirable but smart on his part."
00:54:48.117 – 00:54:54.056
This shot reflects a couple
conventions of classic film noir movies.
00:54:54.123 – 00:55:00.062
First, the streets are wet, which allows
the lights to reflect off the pavement.
00:55:00.129 – 00:55:06.068
Second, the hero is
driving a convertible.
00:55:06.135 – 00:55:12.096
Besides making him cool, it also makes it
easier to see the action inside the car.
00:55:12.174 – 00:55:18.511
Lance is watching The Three Stooges
00:55:18.581 – 00:55:23.746
The line about love birds is delivered by Emil Sitka,
who received credit as "Hold Hands, You Love Birds!"
00:55:23.819 – 00:55:28.756
A character actor for over 50 years, Emil
claimed to have appeared in 450 movies.
00:55:28.824 – 00:55:34.091
He's most famous for his appearances in
35 short films with The Three Stooges.
00:55:34.163 – 00:55:39.1
He has the distinction of having worked
with all six of the men who played Stooges.
00:55:39.168 – 00:55:44.105
He has also been in such feature films as
Who Done It? The Well and Blackboard Jungle
00:55:44.173 – 00:55:49.11
When Vincent calls Lance, Lance is eating a bowl of Fruit Brute
cereal. This cereal was made by General Mills from 1975 to 1983.
00:55:49.178 – 00:55:54.115
Fruit Brute was from the "monster" family of cereals, along
with Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo Berry and Yummy Mummy.
00:55:54.183 – 00:55:59.12
Fruit Brute was the first of
these cereals to be discontinued.
00:55:59.188 – 00:56:04.125
Quentin passionately loves cereal and has held onto this box
for years, which he drops into his movies from time to time.
00:56:04.193 – 00:56:09.13
It previously appeared in Reservoir Dogs,
where it can be seen in Freddie's apartment.
00:56:09.198 – 00:56:14.135
Quentin diffuses a lot of the violence in his films with humor, just
like one of his biggest filmmaking influences, Brian De Palma, did.
00:56:14.203 – 00:56:19.072
Quentin says, "De Palma
was a big influence to me.
00:56:19.141 – 00:56:26.07
"And one of the things about De Palma that people never talk about is that I think
De Palma is probably the greatest black-satirist of the last 20 years in cinema.
00:56:26.148 – 00:56:31.085
"I mean, his films are
hysterical, biting black comedies.
00:56:31.153 – 00:56:36.09
"I mean, you know, no
one has his wit, at all.
00:56:36.158 – 00:56:41.095
"His wit is just fantastic, even
though he never makes official comedies.
00:56:41.163 – 00:56:46.1
But like, you know,
Scorsese, he's just daring."
00:56:48.838 – 00:56:54.367
This scene is shot with a handheld camera
to make the action feel more "real."
00:56:54.443 – 00:56:59.38
You see one car drive
past the front door.
00:56:59.448 – 00:57:05.444
When Lance gets outside, a second car has
already been placed in the crash position.
00:57:05.521 – 00:57:11.357
The documentary style of this scene makes
it feel more immediate and energetic.
00:57:34.15 – 00:57:39.087
When Vincent and Lance are preparing
to give Mia the adrenaline injection,
00:57:39.155 – 00:57:44.149
the board games Operation and Life are
visible on a stool in the living room.
00:58:15.124 – 00:58:21.12
The fact that you can't see in
the room increases the tension.
00:59:01.303 – 00:59:09.301
The brand name of the adrenaline (Wasco Med) is
named after the production designer, David Wasco.
00:59:17.786 – 00:59:24.214
Before shooting the film, Quentin Tarantino couldn't decide
if he was going to play the character of Lance or Jimmie.
00:59:24.293 – 00:59:29.89
He ended up choosing Jimmie because he wanted
to be behind the camera during this scene.
00:59:58.327 – 01:00:03.594
Reality Check: Don't try this at
home, because it wouldn't work.
01:00:03.666 – 01:00:09.605
Stabbing a thin and long needle into the sternum would most
likely cause the needle to break, no matter how sharp the point is.
01:00:09.672 – 01:00:15.372
Also, adrenaline would have no effect on a patient with
life-threatening levels of heroin in his/her system.
01:00:15.444 – 01:00:20.381
Drugs for a heroin overdose (for example,
Narcan) are normally injected intravenously
01:00:20.449 – 01:00:26.319
since any attempt to send it directly to the heart
would not be absorbed fast enough to be effective.
01:00:26.388 – 01:00:31.325
When this film screened for the first time
in the U.S. at the New York Film Festival,
01:00:31.393 – 01:00:36.33
somebody fainted during this scene
and the movie had to be stopped.
01:00:36.398 – 01:00:43.327
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.
01:00:43.405 – 01:00:49.401
If John had slammed it into Uma's chest as
hard as it looks, he could have broken her ribs.
01:01:03.559 – 01:01:10.556
Note that Quentin does not use
a process shot during this scene.
01:03:32.107 – 01:03:38.046
The cartoon is Clutch Cargo, a very
strange children's show from 1959.
01:03:38.113 – 01:03:42.812
It was an action show
made up of still pictures.
01:03:42.885 – 01:03:47.822
For the dialogue, moving human lips were
superimposed onto the mouths of drawings.
01:03:47.89 – 01:03:54.591
Butch's mother is played by Brenda Hillhouse, who
also played the hostage Gloria in From Dusk Till Dawn
01:03:54.663 – 01:04:00.158
In that film, her character is raped
and murdered by Quentin's character.
01:04:00.235 – 01:04:07.505
This is Captain Koons. Koons was also the name of Vic Vega's
parole officer in the original script of Reservoir Dogs
01:04:07.576 – 01:04:12.513
Captain Koons is played
by Christopher Walken.
01:04:12.581 – 01:04:18.349
Christopher Walken also played
Vincent Coccotti in True Romance.
01:04:18.42 – 01:04:27.021
This monologue about life in a P.Q.W. camp is inspired by his Academy
Award-winning performance as a P.Q.W. in the Vietnam war movie The Deer Hunter.
01:04:27.095 – 01:04:33.034
This scene was filmed on the
very last day of shooting.
01:04:33.101 – 01:04:41.201
Quentin says, "I felt it was if we made three separate
movies, and then shot this little short film on the last day."
01:04:41.276 – 01:04:49.877
Because Christopher was working on another film at the time, he didn't
really have time to rehearse the scene with Quentin ahead of time.
01:04:49.952 – 01:04:56.721
They scouted the location
together, but that was it.
01:04:56.792 – 01:05:02.23
According to Quentin, Christopher showed up on
the day of shooting and totally nailed the scene.
01:05:02.297 – 01:05:07.394
Quentin says, "He knew the
monologue word for word, perfectly."
01:05:07.469 – 01:05:12.406
Between takes, Christopher
would drink Tabasco sauce.
01:05:12.474 – 01:05:18.413
Lawrence Bender assumed that drinking Tabasco was some sort of
method acting technique to get him into the pain of the character.
01:05:18.48 – 01:05:23.417
Christopher said the real
reason was much more practical.
01:05:23.485 – 01:05:28.422
The hot sauce produced saliva, which helped keep
his mouth lubricated during the very long speech.
01:05:28.49 – 01:05:35.76
Many people incorrectly remember this
monologue as being shot in one long take.
01:05:35.831 – 01:05:41.77
Quentin says, "I shot maybe 13 or 14 takes
of the basic shot, the kid's point of view.
01:05:41.837 – 01:05:49.71
"Then I did five or six takes of him doing
it in close-up, and then I had the little kid.
01:05:49.778 – 01:05:56.707
"He's telling a three-part story about the First
World War, the Second World War, and then Vietnam.
01:05:56.785 – 01:06:03.714
"I used the more humorous
take on the First World War,
01:06:03.792 – 01:06:09.389
"and then on the second war story, which
is more tragic, I took his darkest take,
01:06:09.464 – 01:06:14.401
and then, for the Vietnam story,
I took his most irreverent take."
01:06:14.469 – 01:06:19.907
name is Ronald Walken.
01:06:19.975 – 01:06:25.242
At the age of ten, Christopher Walken met Jerry Lewis on The
Colgate Comedy Hour when Lewis & Martin were the guest hosts.
01:06:25.313 – 01:06:30.25
Jerry encouraged Christopher to
pursue a career in show business.
01:06:30.318 – 01:06:35.255
Christopher had a successful career as a child
actor, singer and dancer on stage and television.
01:06:35.323 – 01:06:40.26
Christopher worked briefly as a
lion tamer in a circus at age 15.
01:06:40.328 – 01:06:45.265
Christopher won an Oscar as Best Supporting
Actor for his performance in The Deer Hunter.
01:06:45.333 – 01:06:50.202
To date, he is the only Oscar-winning actor to
portray a Bond villain (in A View to a Kill).
01:06:50.272 – 01:06:55.209
Captain Koons refers to an airman named Winocki,
who transported the watch back to safety.
01:06:55.277 – 01:07:00.214
Winocki is the name of John
Garfield's character in Air Force,
01:07:00.282 – 01:07:05.276
a film directed by Howard Hawks,
one of Quentin's favorite directors.
01:07:06.788 – 01:07:11.725
Christopher gets typecast in films a lot,
portraying psychologically unstable characters.
01:07:11.793 – 01:07:16.73
In reality, he has a stable life, and has been
married to the same woman for over 30 years.
01:07:16.798 – 01:07:21.735
Christopher was George Lucas's second
choice for the role of Han Solo in Star Wars
01:07:21.803 – 01:07:26.74
This scene leaves viewers with a feeling they
have completely departed from the movie's story.
01:07:26.808 – 01:07:31.745
Only later will we understand how
this scene connects to Butch's story.
01:07:32.814 – 01:07:37.911
There's more violent scenes coming up later. The perception
of Quentin as a violent filmmaker dates back to Reservoir Dogs.
01:07:37.986 – 01:07:42.923
Many people thought that it was an extremely
violent film just because of one infamous scene.
01:07:42.991 – 01:07:47.928
In reality, the notorious "ear scene" which
everyone thought was so violent occurs off-camera.
01:07:47.996 – 01:07:52.865
Quentin says, "The thing is, the film got a
lot of remarks because of the violence in it.
01:07:52.934 – 01:07:59.032
"And in a way, I always kind of took it as a big
compliment because I know the film isn't that violent.
01:07:59.107 – 01:08:04.044
"They thought it was far more
violent than it was, all right?
01:08:04.112 – 01:08:09.55
"De Palma has said that, 'when you do violence,
you actually get penalized for doing it well.'
01:08:09.618 – 01:08:14.555
"Hacks don't get penalized for, you know, showing
anything because it doesn't mean anything, all right?
01:08:14.623 – 01:08:19.56
"So in a way, they're
saying, 'Good filmmaking.'
01:08:19.628 – 01:08:24.565
"All right, especially since the movie
[Reservoir Dogs] is a talking heads movie.
01:08:24.633 – 01:08:31.061
"It's these people talking to each other for the entire
90 minutes with, like, three acts of violence in the movie.
01:08:31.139 – 01:08:36.441
The most notorious one you don't even see on screen. All
right, so it's like, 'Well, thanks [for the compliment]'."
01:08:39.147 – 01:08:45.916
Roger Avary originally wrote a story called Pandemonium
Reigns about a boxer who refuses to throw a fight.
01:08:45.987 – 01:08:54.087
Quentin took Roger's story, adapted it into the "Gold
Watch" story, and incorporated it into the rest of the movie.
01:08:54.162 – 01:09:01.034
The voices of the two boxing announcers heard on
the radio are played by Bob Ruth and Rich Turner.
01:09:01.102 – 01:09:07.041
Bob Ruth is the cop shot by Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs,
as well as a patron in the Pulp Fiction coffee shop.
01:09:07.108 – 01:09:12.045
Rich Turner appeared in Quentin's unfinished
early film My Best Friend s Birthday,
01:09:12.113 – 01:09:17.05
as well as playing the sheriff in Reservoir
Dogs and an ugly American tourist in Killing Zoe
01:09:27.128 – 01:09:33.067
The marquee on the boxing arena advertises the following
fights..."Coolidge vs. Wilson" and "Vossler vs. Martinez."
01:09:33.134 – 01:09:39.073
Besides being the last names of Butch and his opponent,
"Coolidge vs. Wilson" also refers to two U.S. Presidents...
01:09:39.14 – 01:09:44.077
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) and
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929).
01:09:44.145 – 01:09:51.074
"Vossler vs. Martinez" is a reference to Russ Vossler and Jerry
Martinez, two friends who worked with Quentin at Video Archives.
01:09:51.152 – 01:09:57.091
Vossler and Martinez used to live together, and their
constant fighting was the butt of jokes around the store.
01:10:00.095 – 01:10:05.032
Notice that we still
cannot see Marsellus's face.
01:10:05.1 – 01:10:10.037
This maintains his aura
of mystery and power.
01:10:40.936 – 01:10:45.566
Behind Butch you can
see another process shot.
01:10:45.64 – 01:10:51.01
Quentin is using this effect to evoke classic
film noir movies, which Butch's story emulates.
01:10:51.079 – 01:10:56.016
Esmarelda the cab driver
is played by Angela Jones.
01:10:56.084 – 01:11:01.954
While writing Pulp Fiction, Quentin attended a film
festival in Italy, where he saw a short film called Curdled
01:11:02.023 – 01:11:08.952
It was about a young woman who develops a morbid fascination
with violence and death when she has to clean up after murders.
01:11:09.03 – 01:11:14.468
Quentin was impressed enough to approach the
filmmakers about using the lead actress Angela Jones
01:11:14.536 – 01:11:19.473
to play a similar
character in Pulp Fiction
01:11:19.541 – 01:11:24.478
Curdled also inspired him to write "The Bonnie
Situation," about a post-homicide clean-up.
01:11:24.546 – 01:11:29.483
Quentin helped the producers of Curdled make it into a
full-length feature film, which he executive-produced.
01:11:29.551 – 01:11:34.488
The feature film version of Curdled also includes an appearance
by The Gecko Brothers as fugitives on a crime TV show.
01:11:34.556 – 01:11:39.493
The Gecko Brothers became the lead
characters in From Dusk Till Dawn
01:11:39.561 – 01:11:44.498
John Travolta's wife Kelly Preston appears as a
television reporter in both Curdled and From Dusk Till Dawn
01:12:14.596 – 01:12:20.535
Bruce Willis's nickname is "Bruno." He recorded
a music album called The Return of Bruno
01:12:20.602 – 01:12:25.539
His left shoulder is injured from
his days of high school wrestling.
01:12:25.607 – 01:12:30.544
Wrestling also gave him the stocky
build and thick neck he has now.
01:12:30.612 – 01:12:35.549
There was originally a
longer version of this scene,
01:12:35.617 – 01:12:40.554
but Quentin decided to shorten it to
keep the pace of the movie moving quickly.
01:12:40.622 – 01:12:45.559
Bruce's children were friends with Harvey Keitel's
children, so Harvey introduced Bruce to Quentin.
01:12:45.627 – 01:12:50.564
Bruce volunteered to appear in Pulp Fiction
for a small fraction of his usual salary.
01:12:50.632 – 01:12:55.569
In 1980, Bruce was working
as a bartender in New York
01:12:55.637 – 01:13:00.574
when a casting director liked his personality
and cast him as a bartender in a small movie role.
01:13:00.642 – 01:13:05.545
This led to other small movie roles, which
led to the television show Moonlighting,
01:13:05.613 – 01:13:10.516
which made him a star, which
led to bigger feature films.
01:13:10.585 – 01:13:15.522
Die Hard made Bruce into an
international action star,
01:13:15.59 – 01:13:20.527
and he now commands over
$20 million per picture.
01:13:20.595 – 01:13:25.532
So far, Bruce has been in six
movies with numbers in the title...
01:13:25.6 – 01:13:32.529
The First Deadly Sin, Twelve Monkeys, Four Rooms, The
Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense and The W hole Nine Yards
01:13:32.607 – 01:13:37.567
After Pulp Fiction, Bruce went
on to work with Sam Jackson
01:13:37.645 – 01:13:42.605
in Die Hard with a Vengeance
(a.k.a. Die Hard 3).
01:14:18.253 – 01:14:25.182
Instead of placing one big bet with one bookie,
Butch spread several small bets with several bookies
01:14:25.26 – 01:14:30.254
to avoid attracting attention and
possibly leading Marsellus to him.
01:14:38.106 – 01:14:45.376
Butch is supposed to meet his connection in Knoxville, Tennessee,
which is where his great-grandfather bought the gold watch.
01:14:45.446 – 01:14:51.817
Knoxville is also Quentin
01:14:52.153 – 01:14:56.613
The taxicab is from the 1940s,
another echo of classic films noir.
01:14:56.691 – 01:15:01.651
Esmarelda's cab belongs
to Big Jerry's Cab Co.
01:15:01.729 – 01:15:07.224
"Big Jerry" was a nickname Quentin gave to Gerald
Martinez when they worked at Video Archives.
01:15:07.302 – 01:15:12.296
Quentin's friend Russ Vossler designed
the logo for the side of the cab.
01:15:47.875 – 01:15:54.178
Butch's girlfriend Fabienne is played by Maria de Medeiros.
While Fabienne is from France, Maria is from Portugal.
01:15:54.249 – 01:16:00.916
Quentin met Maria while touring European
film festivals with Reservoir Dogs
01:16:00.989 – 01:16:08.054
In 1990, Maria co-starred with Uma
Thurman in a film called Henry and June
01:16:08.129 – 01:16:16.059
Uma played Henry Miller's wife June while Maria played erotic
author Anais Nin, who has an affair with Henry (and June).
01:16:16.137 – 01:16:26.069
The release of Henry and June was controversial because it was the first film
to receive the "NC-17" film rating (which means no children under 17 permitted).
01:16:26.147 – 01:16:32.916
Some people think it's ironic that Henry and June
received an "NC-17" rating for a little bit of sex
01:16:32.987 – 01:16:38.084
while Pulp Fiction s profanity, drugs
and violence received only an "R" rating.
01:16:38.159 – 01:16:46.089
Another person who has challenged
sexual limits in pop culture is Madonna.
01:16:46.167 – 01:16:53.164
Fabienne mentions Madonna, who was
discussed at length in Reservoir Dogs.
01:16:55.777 – 01:17:02.774
This scene is reminiscent of
films from the French New Wave.
01:17:05.453 – 01:17:10.39
Pulp Fiction got its start in 1989, when Quentin's
script for True Romance was stuck in development.
01:17:10.458 – 01:17:16.397
Quentin and his then-cowriter Roger Avary
talked about diverting their creative energies
01:17:16.464 – 01:17:21.401
into a new project... an anthology
of three connected short films.
01:17:21.469 – 01:17:26.406
The original inspiration came
from a film called Black Sabbath
01:17:26.474 – 01:17:33.903
The 1963 Italian anthology was a stylish collection
of three horror stories directed by Mario Bava.
01:17:33.981 – 01:17:41.41
As an appreciation to Bava, Quentin named
one of the heroin types after the director.
01:17:41.489 – 01:17:48.418
Quentin and Roger tentatively titled the project The Black
Mask, in tribute to the legendary pulp crime magazine.
01:17:48.496 – 01:17:54.867
Black Mask was a fiction magazine that
was the birthplace of hard-boiled fiction
01:17:54.936 – 01:18:00.272
and the career launch pad for more
great crime writers than any other.
01:18:00.341 – 01:18:05.472
Many now -legendary writers and their
star creations were featured in Black Mask
01:18:05.546 – 01:18:10.711
Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade), Raymond Chandler
(Philip Marlowe), Erle Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason),
01:18:10.785 – 01:18:15.779
John D. MacDonald (Travis McGee)
and many more classic crime tales
01:18:15.857 – 01:18:20.817
were published in the pages of this
legendary magazine between 1921 and 1951.
01:18:20.895 – 01:18:26.39
Launched originally by H.L. Mencken and a partner to help
provide funding for another of their (more respectable) magazines,
01:18:26.467 – 01:18:31.598
Black Mask eventually became
the most famous pulp magazine.
01:18:31.672 – 01:18:36.837
When crime fiction aficionados
use the term "pulp fiction,"
01:18:36.911 – 01:18:41.905
the publication they usually
have in mind is Black Mask
01:18:41.983 – 01:18:48.479
Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary discussed the possibility of
having each of the three stories directed by a different person.
01:18:48.556 – 01:18:54.085
Quentin later went on to execute this
idea in the anthology film Four Rooms
01:18:54.162 – 01:18:59.532
After their initial development,
they suspended work on the project.
01:18:59.6 – 01:19:06.369
A couple years later, after the success of Reservoir Dogs,
Jersey Films offered Quentin a $900,000 advance for his next film.
01:19:06.441 – 01:19:11.378
Quentin decided to revive
the Black Mask material.
01:19:11.446 – 01:19:19.376
In March of 1992, Quentin decided to use some of this money to rent
an apartment in Amsterdam and concentrate on writing his next script.
01:19:19.454 – 01:19:25.882
Over the next ten months, he toured European
film festivals promoting Reservoir Dogs
01:19:25.96 – 01:19:32.388
and rewrote the Black Mask material
into a new script called Pulp Fiction.
01:19:32.467 – 01:19:37.564
The term "pulp fiction" existed
long before Quentin made this film.
01:19:37.638 – 01:19:43.406
The title was an homage to a tradition of
paperback writing that traced back to the 1930s.
01:19:43.478 – 01:19:50.407
The genre included mostly horror and crime
novels intended to be read and discarded.
01:19:50.485 – 01:19:57.357
Some of the writers of pulp fiction who most influenced
Quentin were Jim Thompson (The Grifters, After Dark, My Sweet),
01:19:57.425 – 01:20:04.354
Cornell Woolrich (The Bride Wore Black, Rear
Window), Fredric Brown (Screaming Mimi, Crack-Up),
01:20:04.432 – 01:20:11.361
Charles Willeford (Miami Blues, Cockfighter)
and Elmore Leonard (310 to Yuma, 52 Pick-Up)
01:20:11.439 – 01:20:19.369
Many of these classic pulp writers have
had their books adapted into movies.
01:20:19.447 – 01:20:25.443
Quentin's movie brought the term "pulp
fiction" into widespread public consciousness
01:20:25.52 – 01:20:31.459
and made it synonymous with the
genre of hard-boiled crime fiction.
01:20:58.219 – 01:21:06.82
Looking through the door into the
bathroom, it's a forced perspective.
01:21:08.496 – 01:21:18.235
This gives the viewer the sense they are
eavesdropping on a private conversation.
01:21:45.633 – 01:21:51.003
Butch tells Fabienne that she does not speak
"Bora-Boran," which is not a real language.
01:21:51.072 – 01:21:56.51
Bora Bora was a French colony, and Fabienne speaks
French, so in a way she does speak "Bora-Boran."
01:22:22.603 – 01:22:28.542
Fabienne starts to tell Butch something, then
stops. Many wonder what she was going to say.
01:22:28.609 – 01:22:35.538
Some people think that because they were just talking about
time, she was about to tell Butch that she forgot the watch.
01:22:35.616 – 01:22:40.883
The film playing in the motel room is The Losers,
about five Hell's Angels sent to Cambodia by the CIA
01:22:40.955 – 01:22:46.052
to rescue a presidential adviser
who has been captured by communists.
01:22:46.127 – 01:22:51.565
The noises from this war movie
wake up Butch with a reminder
01:22:51.632 – 01:22:57.571
that he is in a war like his father,
grandfather and great-grandfather were.
01:23:01.575 – 01:23:12.076
The footage of the motorcycle foreshadows
Butch's getaway on a motorcycle.
01:23:17.758 – 01:23:25.688
Some people wonder why Fabienne is
brushing her teeth a second time.
01:23:25.766 – 01:23:33.696
While there's nothing wrong with good hygiene, it
is odd to see her doing it twice in quick succession.
01:23:33.774 – 01:23:41.704
The timing of the brushings isn't as close as you think.
The first time she brushes is right before she goes to bed.
01:23:41.782 – 01:23:49.712
The second time is after she wakes up.
01:23:57.732 – 01:24:07.664
Because the brushings are right after each
other, Butch feels like he just closed his eyes.
01:24:25.76 – 01:24:35.761
The camera starts pushing in slowly. This creates tension by
letting the viewer know that something bad is about to happen.
01:24:38.105 – 01:24:43.042
Fabienne says, "Any time of
day is a good time for pie."
01:24:43.11 – 01:24:48.104
Alabama also says this in True Romance
01:26:08.128 – 01:26:15.694
Ralph Meeker's portrayal of Mike Hammer was
an inspiration for the character of Butch.
01:26:15.769 – 01:26:21.571
Quentin says, "I wanted him
to be a bully and a jerk.
01:26:21.642 – 01:26:28.138
I basically wanted him to be like Ralph
Meeker as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly"
01:28:03.177 – 01:28:09.548
In the original script, Butch stops on the way to his apartment, gets
out of the car and debates with himself about retrieving the watch.
01:28:09.616 – 01:28:15.646
He decides his father, grandfather and
great-grandfather all made sure the watch survived a war,
01:28:15.723 – 01:28:21.059
and he has to make sure the watch
survives his war with Marsellus.
01:28:28.802 – 01:28:38.803
When Butch sneaks past the apartment building, he
can hear a radio advertising Jack Rabbit Slim's.
01:30:55.883 – 01:31:05.588
Here is another fictitious
brand... Sam's Toaster Pastries.
01:31:05.659 – 01:31:13.031
Guns or danger occurring outside of bathrooms
is a common theme in Quentin's films.
01:31:13.1 – 01:31:19.005
In True Romance, something bad happens
to Clarence in the hotel bathroom,
01:31:19.072 – 01:31:25.033
and in From Dusk Till Dawn, the Ranger who
uses the gas station bathroom gets killed.
01:31:25.112 – 01:31:32.041
In this film, every time Vincent goes
to the bathroom, something bad happens.
01:31:32.119 – 01:31:41.05
The first time he goes to the bathroom in Pulp Fiction,
Mia overdoses, the second time, he gets shot by Butch
01:31:41.128 – 01:31:45.929
and the third time, Honey Bunny and
Pumpkin start their robbery at the diner.
01:31:51.071 – 01:31:56.008
The beeping noise is the
sound of the smoke alarm.
01:31:56.076 – 01:32:01.013
Look at the book that Vince
was reading on the toilet.
01:32:01.081 – 01:32:06.678
It's Modesty Blaise, a "pulp" novel which is very
much in the spirit of this film's inspiration.
01:32:06.753 – 01:32:11.52
The novel Modesty Blaise was
written by Peter O’Donnell in 1965
01:32:11.592 – 01:32:17.861
and featured the story of a female criminal
mastermind who becomes a secret agent.
01:32:17.931 – 01:32:24.029
A Modesty Blaise film was made in 1966 starring
Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp and Dirk Bogarde.
01:32:24.104 – 01:32:29.542
After Pulp Fiction, Miramax bought the
rights to the Modesty Blaise series,
01:32:29.61 – 01:32:35.549
hoping to turn it into a new series of films
directed by Quentin and starring Uma Thurman.
01:32:51.064 – 01:32:59.995
Many wonder why a professional such as Vince left
his gun on the counter when he went to the bathroom.
01:33:00.073 – 01:33:05.511
Vince didn't leave his gun on the
counter because the gun wasn't his.
01:33:05.579 – 01:33:10.516
It belonged to Marsellus.
01:33:10.584 – 01:33:15.681
Jules had given up "the life" by this
point so Marsellus came along with Vincent.
01:33:15.756 – 01:33:20.693
Besides, Marsellus had a personal
interest in carrying out this job.
01:33:20.761 – 01:33:27.189
Because Vince was with somebody else at the apartment, he
didn't react when Butch came in (he thought he knew who it was).
01:33:27.267 – 01:33:32.204
For further evidence, look at the
scene where Butch runs Marsellus over...
01:33:32.272 – 01:33:37.209
the crime boss is carrying two cups of
coffee, one for him and one for Vince.
01:33:37.277 – 01:33:42.715
The song "Flowers on the Wall" is performed by
The Statler Brothers. This was their biggest hit.
01:33:42.783 – 01:33:47.72
The Statler Brothers took their
name from a manufacturer of tissues.
01:33:47.788 – 01:33:53.055
As an homage to Pulp Fiction, Bruce Willis's
character in Die Hard with a Vengeance
01:33:53.126 – 01:33:57.995
quotes the song "Flowers on the Wall."
01:34:05.072 – 01:34:10.066
Note that right as Butch stops talking, the
song reaches the lyric "Captain Kangaroo,"
01:34:10.143 – 01:34:15.171
reminding us of the kangaroo
where the watch was hanging.
01:34:25.692 – 01:34:31.426
Note that right as the song reaches
the lyric, "It's good to see you,"
01:34:31.498 – 01:34:36.458
Butch sees Marsellus walking in front of him.
This is the first time we see Marsellus's face.
01:34:36.536 – 01:34:42.941
When Marsellus walks in front of Butch's car at a stoplight,
it's just like the scene in Hitchcock's film Psycho
01:34:43.009 – 01:34:47.878
when Marion's boss crosses
the street in front of her car.
01:34:50.117 – 01:34:55.054
The woman who thinks Marsellus is
dead is played by Karen Maruyama.
01:34:55.122 – 01:35:00.059
Karen was also a member
of The Groundlings.
01:35:00.127 – 01:35:05.087
The bystander who offers to be a
witness is played by Kathy Griffin.
01:35:05.165 – 01:35:10.068
Kathy also played Betty in
the anthology film Four Rooms
01:35:10.137 – 01:35:15.097
Kathy was also a member of
The Groundlings comedy troupe
01:35:35.929 – 01:35:40.923
The innocent bystander shot by Marsellus
Wallace ("Shot Woman") is played by Linda Kaye,
01:35:41.001 – 01:35:45.995
who has appeared in some
of Quentin's other films.
01:35:46.072 – 01:35:50.941
Linda is pulled out of her car by Mr.
Pink in Reservoir Dogs ("Shocked Woman").
01:35:51.011 – 01:35:56.95
Linda also appeared in Quentin's uncompleted
early film My Best Friend s Birthday
01:35:57.117 – 01:36:01.986
This is the Mason-Dixon Pawn Shop.
01:36:02.055 – 01:36:07.049
The original Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed by
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in 1763-1767
01:36:07.127 – 01:36:12.087
From 1820 onward, the name Mason-Dixon
Line came to be an expression
01:36:12.165 – 01:36:17.068
meaning the boundary between the
free states and the slave states.
01:36:17.137 – 01:36:25.306
Nowadays, the name Mason-Dixon Line is used colloquially to
mean the boundary between the Northern and Southern states,
01:36:25.378 – 01:36:30.873
or between the Union and the Confederacy
during the American Civil War.
01:36:30.951 – 01:36:38.517
"Mason-Dixon" is used here to let viewers
know that these are redneck hillbillies.
01:36:45.899 – 01:36:54.102
Any violence that occurs in Quentin's films is just a small part of
the story, but that doesn't stop some critics from concentrating on it.
01:36:54.174 – 01:36:59.84
Critics who focus on the violence miss the point that it is
just one of the many tools that Quentin uses to tell a story.
01:36:59.913 – 01:37:05.852
Quentin says, "One of the analogies I've always used is
that I have no more problem with violence in my movies
01:37:05.919 – 01:37:10.856
"than I do with musical sequences
in Vincente Minnelli movies.
01:37:10.924 – 01:37:15.861
"It's simply one of the things that you can
do in cinema that's interesting to watch.
01:37:15.929 – 01:37:20.866
"And I feel totally great and fine in saying that
in real life I have a major problem with violence.
01:37:20.934 – 01:37:26.873
I do think our society is too violent, but I have no
problem going to a film and seeing violence on the screen."
01:37:26.94 – 01:37:33.903
Most of the politicians and religious groups who condemned the film as violent and
offensive never saw the film, and completely missed the positive messages in the film.
01:37:33.98 – 01:37:39.418
Amongst the positive and politically correct messages in the film...Pulp
Fiction celebrates interracial friendship and cultural diversity.
01:37:39.486 – 01:37:46.153
There is no violence directed against women. Both drugs
and violence are shown to have dangerous consequences.
01:37:46.226 – 01:37:51.892
The film avoids stereotypes
of gender, race and class,
01:37:51.965 – 01:37:57.995
and is filled with strong women and
strong black men and people of all classes.
01:37:58.071 – 01:38:03.168
There is no nudity. The only sex
is when a crime boss gets raped,
01:38:03.243 – 01:38:09.91
and the only essentially "evil" people in the film are two
sadistic hillbillies straight out of Deliverance who do the raping.
01:38:09.983 – 01:38:14.92
Any violence that occurs is integral to
the plot and usually occurs off-camera.
01:38:14.988 – 01:38:20.927
All of these qualities are in sharp contrast
to the standard Hollywood big-budget action film
01:38:20.994 – 01:38:26.99
that is filled with gratuitous violence,
sex, nudity, class and racial stereotypes.
01:38:39.079 – 01:38:45.04
Some of Quentin's other films have
characters who are tied up and tortured...
01:38:45.118 – 01:38:51.023
Marvin Nash in Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Worley in True
Romance, Gloria the teller in From Dusk Till Dawn
01:39:03.103 – 01:39:10.032
Zed is played by Peter Greene. You may recognize
him from The Usual Suspects and The Mask
01:39:46.746 – 01:39:53.845
Note that you can see Butch and Marsellus in the
foreground as Maynard releases The Gimp in the background.
01:39:53.92 – 01:40:01.019
Quentin is showing us the victims of violence (Butch and
Marsellus) as well as the perpetrator of violence (The Gimp).
01:40:01.094 – 01:40:08.091
Allowing us to see them in the same shot builds
tension for the violence that's about to come.
01:40:48.141 – 01:40:58.016
"Eeny-meenie-miney-mo" was also used by Mallory in Natural
Born Killers to choose a victim in the opening scene.
01:40:58.084 – 01:41:04.387
All the clocks in the pawn shop are set to 4:20.
4-20 is the police code for the smoking of marijuana.
01:41:19.606 – 01:41:25.545
The Gimp is played by Stephen Hibbert.
01:41:25.612 – 01:41:31.551
Stephen was married to Julia
Sweeney at the time of Pulp Fiction.
01:41:31.618 – 01:41:37.557
Stephen was also a writer and composer.
01:42:08.087 – 01:42:18.019
The song "Comanche" was written
and performed by The Revels.
01:42:18.097 – 01:42:25.97
The rape scene is reminiscent of Deliverance, a
John Boorman film that Quentin is a big fan of.
01:42:26.039 – 01:42:33.036
The nightmare of scary hillbillies also reminds
some viewers of the frighteningly fiendish family
01:42:33.112 – 01:42:38.448
in Texas Chainsaw Massacre,
another favorite film of Quentin's.
01:42:38.518 – 01:42:43.512
Sodomy was discussed by Nice Guy
Eddie and Vic in Reservoir Dogs,
01:42:43.59 – 01:42:48.527
and was also described by Dimes and
Nichols to Elliot in True Romance
01:42:48.595 – 01:42:56.001
If you look fast, when Butch first comes up from the
basement, we see a quick shot of Zed's key ring with a "Z."
01:42:56.069 – 01:43:03.999
Then, if you look quickly, there is a neon sign in the back for
"Killian's Red." The only letters that are still lit spell "Kill... ed."
01:43:04.077 – 01:43:09.037
Put it together and we are left with
the subliminal message "Kill Zed."
01:43:09.115 – 01:43:15.679
When Butch goes to leave the pawn shop after freeing himself, he pauses
for a moment to think. Right behind Butch is a Tennessee license plate.
01:43:15.755 – 01:43:21.694
Butch can either go to Tennessee and collect his money or go back to help
Marsellus Wallace. Butch's conscience tells him go back and save Marsellus.
01:43:21.761 – 01:43:27.7
While Butch is unconscious of this, his rescue of Marsellus will redeem
him for the murder of Wilson in the previous night's boxing match.
01:43:27.767 – 01:43:33.205
Redemption has always been a powerful cinematic
theme, and no more so than throughout Pulp Fiction...
01:43:33.273 – 01:43:38.54
for instance, when Jules keeps Vincent from
killing Honey Bunny and Pumpkin in the diner.
01:43:38.611 – 01:43:44.55
Even though the film is filled with drug dealers, hit men and other
criminally minded "lowlifes," they are all portrayed as basically good people.
01:43:44.617 – 01:43:50.487
The closest we ever get to a law enforcement character in this
film is the "Security Officer" Zed. He is a very bad person.
01:43:50.556 – 01:43:56.495
As Butch runs through his choice of weapons for his heroic
deed, he brings to mind a variety of cinematic precedents.
01:43:56.562 – 01:44:02.99
The baseball bat recalls Joe
Don Baker in Walking Tall,
01:44:03.069 – 01:44:09.008
the chainsaw recalls Leatherface
in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
01:44:09.075 – 01:44:16.88
and the samurai sword recalls
Sonny Chiba in Shadow Warriors
01:44:16.95 – 01:44:22.684
Butch's choice of the samurai sword is most likely a
reference to Tarantino's admiration of Asian action films,
01:44:22.755 – 01:44:27.692
where honor and respect are always
important, even to criminals.
01:44:27.76 – 01:44:35.03
Butch's decision to return and save Marsellus is a perfect example of the 'Honor
Among Thieves' theme that Quentin loves in classic Hong Kong action movies.
01:46:57.11 – 01:47:03.049
After Butch kills Maynard, Marsellus Wallace
says that he's going to call some friends
01:47:03.116 – 01:47:08.11
"to go to work on 'homes' here with
a pair of pliers and a blowtorch."
01:47:11.124 – 01:47:20.055
In the film Charley Varrick, a character named Maynard warns a bank manager that
some mobsters "will go to work on you with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch."
01:47:20.133 – 01:47:28.131
Marsellus also promised to "get medieval on your ass."
This was another one of the most-quoted lines from the film.
01:47:33.146 – 01:47:41.576
Ving Rhames was born in New York City.
He attended Julliard Drama School.
01:47:41.654 – 01:47:50.028
He has appeared in such films as Rosewood,
Out of Sight, and Bringing Out the Dead.
01:47:50.096 – 01:47:58.526
He also appeared in Casualties of
War, one of Quentin's favorite films.
01:47:58.604 – 01:48:07.103
He won a Golden Globe for his performance
as Don King in Only in America.
01:49:20.82 – 01:49:25.848
The motorcycle has the name "Grace" written
on it. The name has multiple meanings.
01:49:25.925 – 01:49:31.83
He is also literally delivered
from evil by the motorcycle Grace.
01:49:31.897 – 01:49:38.496
Now that Butch has redeemed himself by saving Marsellus, he
is metaphorically delivered from evil by the grace of God.
01:49:38.571 – 01:49:43.565
Grace was also the name of Quentin's
long-time girlfriend when he made the film.
01:51:43.562 – 01:51:50.491
The guy in the bathroom (only known as The
Fourth Man) is played by Alexis Arquette.
01:51:50.569 – 01:51:58.169
The Fourth Man is sometimes referred to as "Seinfeld"
because of his resemblance to the popular comedian.
01:51:58.244 – 01:52:03.181
The gun he is holding is a.357 magnum.
01:52:03.249 – 01:52:08.346
The gun was made famous by appearances in the Clint
Eastwood Dirty Harry films, of which Quentin is a big fan.
01:52:08.421 – 01:52:13.518
Once again, Quentin introduces a character
while he is listening to someone off-screen.
01:52:13.592 – 01:52:18.529
This allows us to focus on the
character's reaction to what is being said.
01:52:20.9 – 01:52:25.837
Alexis is the brother of Rosanna,
Patricia and David Arquette.
01:52:25.905 – 01:52:30.774
Rosanna Arquette is in Pulp Fiction, and
Patricia Arquette starred in True Romance
01:52:30.843 – 01:52:35.78
The father of the Arquette siblings
is Lewis Arquette, who is also an actor
01:52:35.848 – 01:52:41.15
and has appeared in dozens of films, from Chopper
Chicks in Zombietown to Waiting For Guffman
01:53:07.58 – 01:53:17.455
There are bullet holes clearly visible in the wall behind Jules and Vince before
The Fourth Man fires his gun at them. There are a lot of theories about this.
01:53:17.523 – 01:53:27.455
Some say it's an editing error, but it's
too obvious to not have been done on purpose.
01:53:27.533 – 01:53:37.773
Some say that the holes were there
because it was a dumpy, run-down apartment.
01:53:37.843 – 01:53:44.544
Some say they're there to
prove it wasn't a "miracle."
01:53:44.617 – 01:53:50.112
The only man they don't kill
in the apartment is Marvin.
01:53:50.189 – 01:53:55.559
That's because Marvin
also works for Marsellus.
01:53:55.628 – 01:54:00.565
Marvin is also the name of the cop
in Reservoir Dogs (Marvin Nash),
01:54:00.633 – 01:54:05.57
as well as a minor character in True
Romance (one of Coccotti's goons).
01:54:30.93 – 01:54:40.202
This conversation is shot
with the characters in profile.
01:54:40.272 – 01:54:49.908
This reinforces how the characters
are in opposition to each other.
01:55:34.126 – 01:55:39.291
Two of the scenes that Roger
Avary contributed to this film
01:55:39.365 – 01:55:45.201
were originally in the script that was written
for True Romance but were cut out of that film.
01:55:45.27 – 01:55:54.406
The first is the emergence from the bathroom of a hidden gunman
who fires off a torrent of shots but completely misses his target.
01:55:54.48 – 01:56:02.478
The second was this scene... the accidental firing
of a gun inside a car, leading to a bloody death.
01:56:02.554 – 01:56:09.483
Marvin's "head" was blown up with an air mortar, which is
sort of like a scuba tank that blasts air into the dummy head.
01:56:09.561 – 01:56:16.49
The fake head was filled with oatmeal, chunks of latex, and
fake blood, which explode all over the inside of the car.
01:56:16.568 – 01:56:23.44
Some people wonder how Marvin's head
could be blown apart from just one bullet.
01:56:23.509 – 01:56:29.937
In the original script, Marvin was still
alive after being shot in the throat.
01:56:30.015 – 01:56:35.453
Vincent then shoots him a second
time to put Marvin out of his misery.
01:56:35.521 – 01:56:43.451
During filming, Quentin decided to make it a single-bullet
killing because he thought it would be funnier.
01:56:43.529 – 01:56:49.468
While most viewers did think it was funny,
some people were horrified by this scene
01:56:49.535 – 01:56:54.472
and pointed it out as reason
for condemning the film.
01:56:54.54 – 01:56:59.477
When the WB network aired a version of
Pulp Fiction on broadcast television,
01:56:59.545 – 01:57:04.482
they removed (in addition to many others) the
scene where John Travolta shoots Marvin by accident.
01:57:04.55 – 01:57:14.482
Instead they replaced it with a black screen over
Vincent saying, "Oh, man, I just shot Marvin."
01:57:44.523 – 01:57:54.455
Many viewers wonder how a guy like Jimmie
Dimmick knows a gangster like Jules.
01:57:54.533 – 01:57:59.47
Jimmie used to work for Marsellus (as
Jules's partner), but when he married Bonnie,
01:57:59.538 – 01:58:04.475
she made him quit the business,
and Jules respects that.
01:58:04.543 – 01:58:12.473
The partnership of Jules and his friend Jimmie is
a reference to François Truffaut's film Jules et Jim
01:58:12.551 – 01:58:18.49
Jimmie is played by Quentin Tarantino. Quentin
also played Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs,
01:58:18.557 – 01:58:24.427
Chester Rush in Four Rooms and
Ritchie Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn
01:58:24.496 – 01:58:29.433
He also acted in an episode of the sitcom All-American
Girl, which starred his friend Margaret Cho.
01:58:29.501 – 01:58:34.438
The episode was a parody of Pulp
Fiction and was called "Pulp Sitcom."
01:58:34.506 – 01:58:42.436
Quentin is wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo of Orby, the mascot
for Orbit magazine, a local alternative newspaper in Metro Detroit.
01:58:42.514 – 01:58:48.942
Orbit writer Paul Zimmerman interviewed Quentin
about Reservoir Dogs when it first came out
01:58:49.021 – 01:58:54.516
and gave him an Orby T-shirt, which
Quentin said he'd wear in his next film.
02:00:07.266 – 02:00:13.694
Jimmie's wife is a nurse named Bonnie. In Reservoir
Dogs, Nice Guy Eddie refers to a nurse named Bonnie.
02:00:13.772 – 02:00:19.301
Bonnie was also a colleague
of Lee in True Romance
02:00:19.378 – 02:00:25.374
Quentin is also a big fan of the film Coffy,
which stars Pam Grier as a night nurse.
02:01:33.885 – 02:01:41.155
This is The Wolf (also known as Winston
Wolf), who is played by Harvey Keitel.
02:01:41.226 – 02:01:48.496
Quentin specifically wrote The
Wolf character for Harvey Keitel.
02:01:48.567 – 02:01:54.005
Some viewers wonder why Winston Wolf was
dressed in a tuxedo at 8:30 in the morning.
02:01:54.072 – 02:01:59.51
From the people and surroundings, it seems
to be an all-night private gambling party.
02:02:12.19 – 02:02:19.119
This time subtitle demonstrates how good the Wolf is at
what he does (not to mention it reinforces the film's humor).
02:02:19.197 – 02:02:24.134
The Wolf's mustache is evocative of other dapper and
sophisticated movie stars like Errol Flynn and Clark Gable.
02:02:24.202 – 02:02:29.139
The Wolf's elegant tuxedo is an ironic
contrast to the bloody work he performs.
02:02:29.207 – 02:02:38.172
Harvey Keitel played a similar character (Victor the Cleaner)
in Point of No Return, which was a remake of La Femme Nikita
02:02:38.25 – 02:02:47.215
Point Of No Return also starred Bridget Fonda, who went
on to co-star in Tarantino's next feature, Jackie Brown
02:02:57.269 – 02:03:06.2
Harvey Keitel also played the preacher Jacob in From Dusk Till
Dawn and Mr. White (a.k.a. Larry) in Quentin's film Reservoir Dogs
02:03:06.278 – 02:03:12.012
According to Quentin, "Harvey had been my
favorite actor since I was 16 years old.
02:03:12.084 – 02:03:18.216
I'd seen him in Mean Streets
and Taxi Driver and other stuff."
02:03:18.29 – 02:03:24.923
Harvey was the first actor cast in Reservoir Dogs and played
an important role in getting Quentin's first film made.
02:03:24.996 – 02:03:31.231
Producer Lawrence Bender gave the
Dogs script to his acting tutor,
02:03:31.303 – 02:03:37.173
who gave it to his wife, who gave it to Harvey
Keitel, who agreed to appear in the film.
02:03:37.242 – 02:03:45.672
Harvey's commitment to the film was a critical turning point
in getting Reservoir Dogs made and launching Quentin's career.
02:03:45.75 – 02:03:51.188
Harvey has always been enthusiastic
about working with first-time directors,
02:03:51.256 – 02:03:57.195
from Martin Scorsese (Who s that Knocking at My
Door? in 1968) to Ridley Scott (The Duelists in 1977)
02:03:57.262 – 02:04:04.691
to Alan Rudolph (Welcome to L A in 1977), Paul Schrader (Blue Collar in
1978), James Toback (Fingers in 1978) and Tony Bui (Three Seasons in 1999).
02:04:04.769 – 02:04:12.198
Harvey makes a lot of films. In the 20-year period from 1980 to
2000, Harvey appeared in 64 films, an average of over 3 films a year.
02:04:12.277 – 02:04:17.214
During the same period of time,
Marlon Brando only made eight films.
02:04:17.282 – 02:04:23.221
Keitel was a juvenile delinquent until the age of
16, when he was sent to Lebanon with the Marine Corps.
02:04:23.288 – 02:04:28.225
Harvey has had some
other interesting jobs.
02:04:28.293 – 02:04:33.788
He worked as a women's shoe salesman and was a
court stenographer in NYC for about ten years.
02:04:33.865 – 02:04:39.167
In 1995, Empire magazine chose Harvey as
one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.
02:04:39.237 – 02:04:44.869
In 1997, they ranked him #37 their list
of The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.
02:04:46.211 – 02:04:51.114
Given that Vince has "risen from the dead," now is a
good time to talk about the film's unique structure.
02:04:51.183 – 02:04:56.12
A great deal has been made about
how Quentin's story jumps around.
02:04:56.188 – 02:05:01.125
Some critics unfairly felt that because
Quentin used a non-linear structure
02:05:01.193 – 02:05:06.13
in both of his first two films,
it has become a "gimmick" for him.
02:05:06.198 – 02:05:11.135
Quentin says, "If I had a film
that worked dramatically better
02:05:11.203 – 02:05:16.14
from the beginning, middle and end
perspective, then I would tell it that way."
02:05:16.208 – 02:05:21.145
Quentin wrote the film in
the order you see it happen.
02:05:21.213 – 02:05:26.15
He did not write it in chronological
sequence and then rearrange it.
02:05:40.599 – 02:05:46.162
Quentin says, "I'm a storyteller. I really like experimenting
with a kind of cinema that you're not used to seeing.
02:05:46.238 – 02:05:51.904
Or taking the form and stretching it and twisting it and
doing things that you're not used to seeing all the time."
02:06:13.064 – 02:06:18.001
Pulp Fiction switches back and forth between the
different stories, playing with time and place.
02:06:18.069 – 02:06:23.336
While this storytelling device may seem completely new to young
filmgoers, this alternative structure has been used in many other films.
02:06:23.408 – 02:06:29.608
The fragmented storytelling structure has been employed
throughout film's history in such diverse films as Citizen Kane,
02:06:29.681 – 02:06:34.846
Rashomon, Last Year at Marienbad, The
Killing, La Jetée, Four Times That Night and Go
02:06:34.919 – 02:06:40.516
Quentin's inspiration for the structure
is less from films and more from novels.
02:06:40.592 – 02:06:47.02
Quentin feels strongly that filmmakers should be free to
structure stories with the same freedom that a novelist does.
02:06:47.098 – 02:06:54.027
Quentin really liked "the idea of doing something that
novelists get a chance to do but filmmakers don't...
02:06:54.105 – 02:07:01.136
telling three separate stories, having characters float
in and out with different weights depending on the story."
02:07:01.212 – 02:07:08.05
Quentin says, "One thing that's cool is that by breaking up the linear structure,
when I watch the films with an audience, it does break [the audience's] alpha state.
02:07:08.119 – 02:07:14.319
"It's like, all of a sudden, 'I gotta watch this... I gotta pay
attention.' You can almost feel everybody moving in their seats.
02:07:14.392 – 02:07:19.329
"It's actually fun to watch an audience
in some ways chase after a movie.
02:07:19.397 – 02:07:24.334
"The truth of the matter is if I
had written Pulp Fiction as a novel,
02:07:24.402 – 02:07:29.339
you would never even remotely
bring up the structure of it.
02:07:29.407 – 02:07:34.344
You would never bring it up, all right, because
it's like, a novel can do that, no problem."
02:07:34.412 – 02:07:39.349
Quentin emphasizes the novel-like storytelling
style by using literary devices to tell his story.
02:07:39.417 – 02:07:44.354
In both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Quentin insists that the title
cards are not intended to signal flashbacks but merely to indicate chapters.
02:07:44.422 – 02:07:49.689
Playing with alternative story structure
can be tricky if not handled correctly.
02:07:49.761 – 02:07:56.03
Quentin says, "I know for me, when I'm an audience
member, if I'm confused, emotionally I check out,
02:07:56.101 – 02:08:02.04
"because 90% of the time, if I'm
confused, I wasn’t meant to be confused.
02:08:02.107 – 02:08:12.073
But if I'm not sure exactly what's going on but I feel
I'm in good hands, that's a whole different experience."
02:08:32.303 – 02:08:37.24
Vincent Vega's name is good example of how Quentin
regularly cross-references his films against his other films.
02:08:37.308 – 02:08:42.245
Quentin's use of the same names in
different movies creates a familiar universe,
02:08:42.313 – 02:08:47.25
where viewers have already
heard of all the characters.
02:08:47.318 – 02:08:52.255
In Quentin's first film, Reservoir Dogs, Michael Madsen
played a character named Vic Vega (a.k.a. Mr. Blonde).
02:08:52.323 – 02:08:57.26
Quentin originally thought that he would have Michael
Madsen reprise the role of Vic Vega in Pulp Fiction
02:08:57.328 – 02:09:03.267
Michael was unable to take the role, however, due
to a prior commitment to do the film Wyatt Earp
02:09:03.334 – 02:09:08.271
Quentin decided to change the character
to Vic's brother, Vincent Vega.
02:09:08.339 – 02:09:13.276
Tarantino, Travolta and Madsen have discussed making The Vega Brothers,
which would be a prequel to both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction
02:09:13.344 – 02:09:18.281
Any further adventures of Vince and Vic Vega would have to be a prequel since
they both met with violent deaths at the end of their respective pictures.
02:09:18.349 – 02:09:25.084
Tarantino admired writers like J.D. Salinger and Charles Willeford who
created a community of characters that would appear in a number of stories.
02:09:25.156 – 02:09:30.219
Tarantino wanted to do the
same thing with his film.
02:09:30.295 – 02:09:36.291
Quentin had characters who were peripheral in
one story become the focal point of the next one,
02:09:36.367 – 02:09:41.304
creating the impression that all of them
belonged in the same shared universe.
02:09:41.372 – 02:09:46.469
That's why you'll also see characters
from one of his films show up in another.
02:10:36.561 – 02:10:41.498
Jules's T-shirt features an old
cartoon character called "Krazy Kat."
02:10:41.566 – 02:10:46.503
Vincent's T-shirt features the banana slug
mascot for University of California at Santa Cruz.
02:10:46.571 – 02:10:51.508
While it didn't make it into the final film,
the original screenplay included a scene
02:10:51.576 – 02:10:56.513
where Jimmie decides to take a
picture of his three unexpected guests.
02:10:56.581 – 02:11:01.518
If you look at the CD booklet
of the soundtrack album,
02:11:01.586 – 02:11:07.582
you'll see a photo of Jules, Vincent and The
Wolf posed together, getting their picture taken.
02:11:17.368 – 02:11:23.432
The name of the wrecking yard is Monster Joe's Truck And Tow.
There was a pair of scenes here that were cut out of the final film.
02:11:23.508 – 02:11:29.105
Quentin says the Monster Joe scenes are probably the
only deleted scenes he had doubts about taking out.
02:11:29.18 – 02:11:34.243
In the scenes we meet Monster
Joe and his daughter Raquel.
02:11:34.319 – 02:11:40.383
Monster Joe is played by Dick Miller, a legendary
character actor best remembered for a variety of roles
02:11:40.458 – 02:11:46.397
in low -budget drive-in pictures cranked out during the
1950s and '60s, particularly those produced by Roger Corman.
02:11:46.464 – 02:11:53.063
His work includes everything from such early 'B' movies as
Sorority Girl, Not of This Earth and Man with the X-Ray Eyes
02:11:53.137 – 02:11:58.404
to modern big studio movies like
Gremlins, The Terminator and Small Soldiers
02:11:58.476 – 02:12:06.406
He has appeared in many films directed by Joe Dante, which often featured
monsters of one type or another. Hence, Monster Joe's Wrecking Yard.
02:12:06.484 – 02:12:12.514
This is Joe's daughter Raquel, who is played
by Julia Sweeney. More about her in a moment.
02:12:12.59 – 02:12:17.459
When they originally filmed the junk yard
departure, Harvey Keitel grabbed John Travolta's hand
02:12:17.528 – 02:12:22.465
and did an impromptu impersonation of
Christopher Walken from The Dead Z one
02:12:22.533 – 02:12:28.961
In that film, Walken's character gains psychic powers. While the impersonation was
deleted, some of the dialogue from it remains... "It's your future... I see... a cab ride!"
02:12:29.04 – 02:12:35.468
Back to Julia Sweeney. She used to be on Saturday Night Live,
where she became famous playing an androgynous character named Pat.
02:12:35.546 – 02:12:41.485
The skit was eventually adapted into a feature film, It
s Pat Quentin did an uncredited rewrite of the script.
02:12:41.552 – 02:12:46.489
Quentin also executive produced
Julia's film God Said, Ha!
02:12:46.557 – 02:12:52.496
Julia Sweeney also belonged to
the comedy troupe The Groundlings.
02:12:52.563 – 02:12:59.492
Many famous comedians came from The Groundlings, including
Laraine Newman, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell and more.
02:13:42.547 – 02:13:49.544
This line was changed from "sausage" in the
original script to "bacon" in the filmed version.
02:14:29.66 – 02:14:35.86
All the diner scenes were
shot at the Hawthorne Grill.
02:14:35.933 – 02:14:41.894
Quentin used to hang out at this coffee shop,
which is located in Hawthorne, California.
02:14:41.973 – 02:14:47.536
Unfortunately, it has since
been closed and demolished.
02:15:35.526 – 02:15:40.463
Hoyle is a book of official
rules for card games.
02:15:40.531 – 02:15:46.47
The expression "according to Hoyle" referred to settling
technical disagreements by checking the official authority.
02:15:46.537 – 02:15:52.476
This same expression was said by Holdaway
in the original script of Reservoir Dogs
02:15:52.543 – 02:15:57.537
and by Wayne Gale in the original
script of Natural Born Killers
02:16:13.731 – 02:16:18.759
Kung Fu was a television series
that ran from 1972 to 1975.
02:16:18.836 – 02:16:24.468
Kung Fu starred David Carradine, who is now
starring in Quentin's latest movie, Kill Bill.
02:16:35.286 – 02:16:45.287
Once again, notice that this conversation is shot in profile to
demonstrate how the characters are in opposition to each other.
02:16:54.839 – 02:17:01.506
When we hear Pumpkin call out, "Garçon," we realize
that we're right back where the movie started.
02:17:55.032 – 02:18:02.029
You'll notice that when Honey Bunny says her line about "pricks,"
it is slightly different from the beginning of the movie.
02:18:14.352 – 02:18:20.348
If you look closely, you'll see one of the
diner patrons who gets down on the floor
02:18:20.424 – 02:18:26.363
is played by Lawrence Bender, who
has produced all of Quentin's films.
02:18:26.43 – 02:18:31.367
After graduating as a civil engineer,
Lawrence went on to become a dancer.
02:18:31.435 – 02:18:36.372
A series of injuries led him to
abandon that career for acting.
02:18:36.44 – 02:18:41.377
When he grew unhappy with his acting
career, Lawrence segued into producing.
02:18:43.447 – 02:18:48.384
The coffee shop manager is credited as "Coffee
Shop" because he is cut off as he speaks...
02:18:48.452 – 02:18:53.389
"I am not a hero, I'm
just a coffee shop..."
02:18:53.457 – 02:18:58.394
In addition to producing all of Quentin's films,
Lawrence has produced films such as The Mexican,
02:18:58.462 – 02:19:03.399
Anna and the King, Good Will
Hunting, White Man s Burden and Fresh
02:19:03.467 – 02:19:08.404
He has had cameos in several
of the films he's produced.
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For instance, Lawrence played the part of the Young Cop
in Reservoir Dogs and Long Hair Yuppy Scum in Four Rooms
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Vincent is still reading his book
Modesty Blaise, by Peter O’Donnell.
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In that book, a killer indulges in a Biblical rant
very similar to that of Samuel L. Jackson's character.
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Some feel that the
briefcase is a "McGuffin."
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Hitchcock coined the term "McGuffin" to refer
to a red herring that misleads the audience.
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It's usually a prop or other physical item that seems to motivate
the characters but ultimately means little or nothing to the story.
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Fans of Pulp Fiction weren't so willing to accept this convenient answer and have
spent a lot of time proposing what Marsellus Wallace's "dirty laundry" really is.
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One suggestion is that it contains the diamonds
that were stolen in Quentin's film Reservoir Dogs
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Another suggestion is that the briefcase contains the gold Elvis
suit worn by Val Kilmer in the Quentin-scripted movie True Romance
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A popular hypothesis is that the
briefcase contains the soul of Marsellus.
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Legend has it that when the devil steals your
soul, he takes it out through the back of your head.
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Since Marsellus is seen with a Band-Aid on the back of his head,
this means his soul has been stolen and is now in the briefcase.
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This theory is further supported when Jules and Vincent experience "Divine
Intervention" (or maybe not-so-divine intervention) in getting the briefcase back.
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Additional proof is that the combination of the case
is "666," considered to be the sign of the devil.
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Another speculation is that the briefcase contains a bunch of solid gold bricks. This
would make sense of Pumpkin's reaction ("Is that what I think it is?" and "It's beautiful").
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Some film fans think the case contains some
of the mysterious stash from the movie Repo Man
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The climax of that film involves the repossession of a
Chevy Malibu with top-secret glowing cargo in the trunk.
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Some say it's an Oscar statue. They weigh only about
eight pounds, making it easy to carry in a briefcase.
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This would also connect
with Pumpkin's reaction.
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Another speculation on the contents
of the briefcase is that it was homage
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to Robert Aldrich's great pulp thriller Kiss Me Deadly,
which includes a hijacked briefcase full of nuclear material.
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Fonzie was a character in
a popular sitcom, Happy Days
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One of the most popular sitcoms of its time,
Happy Days ran on ABC from 1974 to 1984.
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Happy Days featured Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie"
Fonzarelli, who quickly became the star of the show.
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The character was recognized on the show as the absolute
ultimate in "cool" and was endlessly imitated by fans.
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One of Fonzie's trademark
expressions was, "Correctamundo."
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"Ringo" isn't really his name. It's just a
nickname Jules made up because he's English.
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"Ringo" refers to Ringo
Starr of the Beatles.
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Quentin loves this classic confrontation,
which is known as the "Mexican standoff."
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He used one between Joe, Mr. White and Eddie in Reservoir Dogs
as well as between Lee's men, cops and the Mafia in True Romance,
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and between cops, Mickey and
Scagnetti in Natural Born Killers
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The bad motherfucker wallet
actually belonged to Quentin.
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As Jules is lecturing Ringo, he refers to his gun as "Mr.
9mm," when what he has in his hand is a.45 caliber gun.
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The closing credit song is "Surf Rider," written
by Bob Bogle, Nole Edwards and Don Wilson,
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and performed by The Lively Ones.