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.
Run time: 154 mins
In Theaters: Friday 14th October 1994
Box Office USA: $107.9M
Box Office Worldwide: $213.9M
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Production compaines: Miramax Films, A Band Apart, Jersey Films
Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 67 Rotten: 4
IMDB: 9.0 / 10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Tim Roth as Pumpkin, Amanda Plummer as Honey Bunny, Laura Lovelace as Waitress, John Travolta as Vincent Vega, Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winfield, Phil LaMarr as Marvin, Frank Whaley as Brett, Burr Steers as Roger, Bruce Willis as Butch Coolidge, Ving Rhames as Marsellus Wallace, Paul Calderon as Paul, Bronagh Gallagher as Trudi, Rosanna Arquette as Jody, Eric Stoltz as Lance, Uma Thurman 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), Steve Buscemi 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, Christopher Walken as Captain Koons, Chandler Lindauer as Young Butch, Sy Sher as Klondike, Robert Ruth as Sportscaster #1 - Coffee Shop, Rich Turner as Sportscaster #2, Angela Jones as Esmarelda Villalobos, Don Blakely as Wilson's Trainer, Carl Allen as Dead Floyd Wilson, Maria de Medeiros as Fabienne, Karen Maruyama as Gawker #1, Kathy Griffin as Hit-and-run Witness, Venessia Valentino as Pedestrian / Bonnie Dimmick, Linda Kaye as Shot Woman, Duane Whitaker as Maynard, Peter Greene as Zed, Stephen Hibbert as The Gimp, Alexis Arquette as Man No. 4, Quentin Tarantino as Jimmie Dimmick, Harvey Keitel as Wolf, Julia Sweeney as Raquel, Lawrence Bender 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)
Also starring: Samuel L Jackson
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