Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction Review


Royale with cheese, baby, royale with cheese. The film of that single-handedly changed the face of American -- and world -- cinema in 1994, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction is a rare masterpiece that is unlikely to be repeated by him, or his imitators. And believe me, many have tried, with varying levels of success.

This set of interlocking tales involving gangsters, boxers, druggies, and plain old joes is alternately exciting and funny -- and often both at the same time. Whether it's John Travolta's Vincent Vega doing the twist with his gangster boss's wife and later miraculously pulling her out of a drug overdose, Samuel L. Jackson reciting the Bible or picking splattered brain out of his enormous afro, Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer robbing a diner, Bruce Willis throwing a boxing match and later ending up facing a couple of oversexed hillbilly degenerates, or Ving Rhames overseeing the whole proceedings, the movie is utterly brilliant, hilarious, and thrilling. Even the little things are perfect: Tarantino has never since quite managed to recapture his masterful use of the close-up and fantastically interesting lighting choices. It's one of only a handful of films that gets better every time you watch it.

Put simply, few other films have ever achieved even a fraction of what Pulp pulls off in a single sequence. Sure, the vignettes can be overly simplistic (do Vincent and Jules really need Mr. Wolf to tell them to get clean and put blankets down in the car to cover up all the goop?) but they get us to the fun parts of the movie -- the surprising conclusions of the vignettes and the crafty dialogue along the way.

Finally released as a special two-disc DVD, the new release features much-desired deleted scenes (introduced by a manic Tarantino), behind-the-scenes footage, trailers and TV spots, and a whole lot of junk (acceptance speech at the Palm D'Or? a Siskel & Ebert vignette? ugh). That said, the Jackrabbit Slim's menu insert is priceless -- they even misspelled "cobbler." If you've got a DVD-ROM drive, you get trivia games, the screenplay, and the option to make your own commentary track.

Ignore the chaff. Cherish the rest.

Guess which wallet is his.



Pulp Fiction

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 154 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th October 1994

Box Office USA: $107.9M

Box Office Worldwide: $213.9M

Budget: $8M

Distributed by: Miramax Films

Production compaines: Miramax Films, A Band Apart, Jersey Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 67 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 9.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Starring: as Pumpkin, as Honey Bunny, as Waitress, as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winfield, as Marvin, as Brett, as Roger, as Butch Coolidge, as Marsellus Wallace, as Paul, as Trudi, as Jody, as Lance, as Mia Wallace, Jerome Patrick Hoban as Ed Sullivan, Michael Gilden as Page for Phillip Morris, Gary Shorelle as Ricky Nelson, Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe, Eric Clark as James Dean, Joseph Pilato as Dean Martin, Brad Blumenthal as Jerry Lewis (as Brad Parker), as Buddy Holly, Lorelei Leslie as Mamie van Doren, Emil Sitka as Hold Hands You Lovebirds (archive footage), Brenda Hillhouse as Mrs. Coolidge - Butch's Mother, as Captain Koons, Chandler Lindauer as Young Butch, Sy Sher as Klondike, Robert Ruth as Sportscaster #1 - Coffee Shop, Rich Turner as Sportscaster #2, as Esmarelda Villalobos, Don Blakely as Wilson's Trainer, Carl Allen as Dead Floyd Wilson, as Fabienne, Karen Maruyama as Gawker #1, as Hit-and-run Witness, Venessia Valentino as Pedestrian / Bonnie Dimmick, Linda Kaye as Shot Woman, Duane Whitaker as Maynard, as Zed, Stephen Hibbert as The Gimp, as Man No. 4, as Jimmie Dimmick, as Wolf, as Raquel, as Long Hair Yuppy Scum, Cie Allman as Winston Wolfe's Girlfriend At Party (uncredited), Rene Beard as Bar Tender (uncredited), Lori Pizzo as Lucky Lady (uncredited), Glendon Rich as Drug Dealer (uncredited), Devan Richardson as Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited), Ani Sava as Woman in Bathroom (uncredited)

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