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.

Connection To Other Tarantino Films:

  • Jules’ character (Samuel L. Jackson) was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of gerry-curled wigs instead, apparently unaware of the difference. The production schedule did not permit correcting the mistake.
  • Quentin Tarantino hesitated over the choice between the character he was going to play: Jimmie or Lance. He ended up choosing Jimmie’s role because he wanted to be behind the camera in Mia’s overdose scene.
  • Tarantino originally wrote the role of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to LA and re-auditioned, getting back the part he was supposed to play. Calderon ended up with a cameo as Paul, the bartender.
  • Quentin Tarantino wrote two of the three stories before he wrote Reservoir Dogs and True Romance. After the success of those films, he decided to write a third story, intending to have each segment directed by a different person.
  • The Big Kahuna burger was also eaten in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn and first appeared in Reservoir Dogs.
  • The innocent bystander shot by Marsellus Wallace is the same actor pulled out of her car by Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Fabienne says, “Any time of day is a good time for pie.” Alabama also says this in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
  • John Travolta’s character, “Vince Vega”, is the brother of “Vic Vega”, aka “Mr. Blonde” from Reservoir Dogs.
  • In real life, Vincent Vega’s 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belongs to Quentin Tarantino.
  • Pam Grier auditioned for the role of Lance’s wife Jody. Though she had a great audition, Quentin Tarantino decided not to cast her because he could not imagine Pam Grier getting pushed around the way the character does.
  • Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs, but it went to Tim Roth. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson’s work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him.

DVD Features: (Miramax Collector’s Edition) Production notes, Deleted Scenes, Pulp Fiction: The Facts Original Documentary, Eight Still Gallery, Behind-The-Scenes Montages, Production Design Featurette, Siskel & Ebert “At The Movies” – “The Tarantino Generation”, Cannes Film Festival – Palm d’Or Acceptance Speech, Charlie Rose Show – Interview with Quentin Tarantino, Interviews From the Independent Spirit Awards, Theatrical Trailers From Around the World, 13 TV Spots, Reviews and Articles Analyzing the Film, Soundtrack Chapter Stops, Number of discs: 2. Buy it at Amazon.com.