Reservoir Dogs Details

Theatrical Release Date: October 23, 1992

Runtime: 99 minutes

Primary Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino’s Input: Writer, director and actor.

Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 3.1 MB, 160×120

Screenplay: Final version

Synopsis: Like Tarantino’s mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco–and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal.
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Natural Born Killers Details

Theatrical Release Date: August 26, 1994

Runtime: 118 minutes

Primary Cast: O-Lan Jones, Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Edie McClurg, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones

Tarantino’s Input:Story writer.

Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 20 MB, 480×360

Screenplay: First draft

Synopsis: The misadventures of Mickey and Mallory: outcasts, lovers, and serial killers. They travel across Route 666 conducting psychadelic mass-slaughters not for money, not for revenge, just for kicks. Glorified by the media, the pair become legendary folk heroes; their story told by the single person they leave alive at the scene of each of their slaughters.

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True Romance Film Details

Theatrical Release Date: September 10, 1993

Runtime: 121 minutes

Primary Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Bronson Pinchot, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini.

Tarantino’s Input: Screenplay writer.

Screenplay: Final version

Synopsis: True Romance is really part of a loose trilogy that includes Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with a crackling Tarantino screenplay that rides a fine line between raucous comedy and violent excess. Christian Slater plays Clarence, the comic-book lover who meets a beguiling prostitute named Alabama (Patricia Arquette), confronts her vicious pimp (Gary Oldman), and embarks on a cross-country odyssey with $5 million worth of Mafia cocaine. Mayhem ensues, culminating in a favorite Tarantino climax–the “Mexican standoff”–in which a roomful of guys are pointing guns at each other, waiting to see who shoots first. Brutal, profane, and totally outrageous.
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Jackie Brown Details

Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 1997

Runtime: 151 minutes

Primary Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker

Tarantino’s Input: Screenplay writer, director and actor(voice only).

Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 6.9 MB, 160×120

Screenplay: Final version

Synopsis: The third film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the creator of Pulp Fiction, is this crime caper based on the novel ‘Rum Punch’ by Elmore Leonard. Pam Grier stars in the title role of Jackie Brown, and attractive stewardess who supplements her income by smuggling cash into the country for an illegal arms dealer–until the day federal agents bust her. The only way she’ll stay out of jail is to set up a sting to bring in a half million dollars and bring down the gun runner. In this web of dangerous characters, she should be wondering: how will she stay alive? But all she’s thinking about is: how can she make off with the money?
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Pulp Fiction Details

Theatrical Release Date: October 14, 1994

Runtime: 153 minutes

Primary Cast: Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Uma Thurman.

Tarantino’s Input: Writer, director and actor.

Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 2.3 MB, 160×120

Screenplay: Final version

Synopsis: An inside look at a memorable community of criminals. Prizefighter Butch Coolidge has decided to stop payment on a deal he’s made with the devil. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are a couple of young lovers and small time thieves who decide they need a change of venue. Meanwhile, two career criminals, Vincent Vega and Jules, go about their daily business of shooting up other crooks who are late on payments to their boss. While one is asked to babysit their boss’ dangerously pretty young wife, the other suddenly realizes that he must give up his life of crime.
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Uma Thurman Speaks Out About ‘Kill Bill’

There isn’t really much substance to the article other than a couple of interesting quotes.

From Uma Thurman:

“I never, ever saw myself as even having an auxiliary part in an action movie,” Thurman said backstage at the Golden Globes, shortly after winning a Best Actress award for the TV movie “Hysterical Blindness.” “Now I’m there punching and kicking and fighting, day in and day out. So, it’s kind of a career anomaly.”

From Samuel L. Jackson:

“Quentin did another movie?” he said with mock surprise. “What? He didn’t call me!”