- Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) to a young, would-be victim (Frank Whaley) after firing a pistol near him
Academy Awards 1994 -
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino & Roger Avary
Cannes 1994 -
Rolling Stone - 10/06/1994
"...PULP FICTION is ferocious fun....154 deliciously lurid minutes..."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/01/2000 Ranked #4 in Entertainment Weekly's "10 Favorite Films of the '90s" - "...Mod and merry....[An] achievement..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/1994
"...A remarkable achievement...Stylishly shot in neo-cartoon style, with massive, distorting close-ups offset by attractively angled shots..."
New York Times - 09/23/1994
"...[Tarantino] has come up with a work of such depth, wit and blazing originality that it places him in the front ranks of American film makers..."
Variety - 05/23/1994
"A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture....[The] performances are sensational..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1994
"...In stunning fashion, Tarantino fulfills the promise of RESERVOIR DOGS. The film looks great and moves at a gallop..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/14/1994
"...Jackson gives a strong performance..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/14/1994
"...If the situations are inventive and original, so is the dialogue..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"Quentin Tarantino's ode to the gangster life hit Hollywood like a bullet to the underbelly....[T]he movie forever altered the aesthetic of cool..."
Wall Street Journal - 08/21/2009
"[A] self-reflexive postmodern black comedy of thugs and lugs, kingpins and common criminals, rampage and redemption."
Writer-director Quentin Tarantino revisits the seedier side of Los Angeles--following 1992's RESERVOIR DOGS--with this funny, violent, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the less "classic" side of filmmaking--the potboilers and capers, the Blaxploitation flicks and gangster movies. The film interweaves three tales, told in a circular, fractured manner, which only fully connect by the time the final credits roll. The first story focuses on Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), two hit men on duty for "the big boss," Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), whose gorgeous wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), takes a liking to Vincent. In the second, a down-and-out pugilist (Bruce Willis), who is ordered to take a fall, decides that there's more money in doing the opposite. The final chapter follows a pair of lovers (Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth) as they prepare to hold up a diner.
Tarantino wears his cinematic influences proudly, bringing them to life in the ironically hip, self-referential 1990s. The result is a work that changed the face of independent cinema forever, making it a legitimate player in the Hollywood mainstream. The all-star cast steps into their roles with obvious glee, and Tarantino once again uses his soundtrack to up the "cool" ante yet another notch, making for a motion picture event that has worked its way into our national vernacular.
Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster follow-up to RESERVOIR DOGS is a breathtaking tribute to old dime store novels about small time hoods and dangerous criminals, and a lot of what they do between jobs. It features deftly woven plotlines, creating a mythic Los Angeles underworld of drug dealers, molls, affable hitmen, restaurant-robbing lovers, and a boxer out to scam the mob on his last professional bout. This is the film that put John Travolta back on the map as a major box-office draw in the '90s and officially established Samuel L. Jackson as a superstar. It also inspired a seemingly endless slew of imitators.
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PULP FICTION is number 95 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
PULP FICTION grossed $9.3 million the first weekend it opened. It took $8 million to produce.
The film shoot took approximately 500 days.
Jack Rabbit Slim's took 75 people, nine weeks and $75,000 to build. The restaurant was based on diners in the movies SPEEDWAY, RED LINE 7000, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, and GREASE.
Uma Thurman (Mia Wallace) is the daughter of the first American to be ordained a Buddhist monk. She was named after the Hindu bestower of blessings.