Plot Outline: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Plot Synopsis: The film initiates with two small-time thieves, Honey Bunny and Pumpkin, who spontaneously decide to hold up a restaurant. The film then shifts to the story of Jules and Vincent, who hit men for the well known and feared Marsellus Wallace, who is caught up in a deal gone wrong with struggling boxer Butch Coolidge.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 (!) Based on 648 (!) Reviews

USA Box Office: $108 Million
Worldwide Box Office: $213 Million
Budget Estimate: $8 Million

ASIN: 1558908242

Editorial Reviews
With the knockout one-two punch of 1992's Reservoir Dogs and 1994's Pulp Fiction writer-director Quentin Tarantino stunned the filmmaking world, exploding into prominence as a cinematic heavyweight contender. But Pulp Fiction was more than just the follow-up to an impressive first feature, or the winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, or a script stuffed with the sort of juicy bubblegum dialogue actors just love to chew, or the vehicle that reestablished John Travolta on the A-list, or the relatively low-budget ($8 million) independent showcase for an ultrahip mixture of established marquee names and rising stars from the indie scene (among them Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Julia Sweeney, Kathy Griffin, and Phil Lamar). It was more, even, than an unprecedented $100-million-plus hit for indie distributor Miramax. Pulp Fiction was a sensation. No, it was not the Second Coming (I actually think Reservoir Dogs is a more substantial film; and P.T. Anderson outdid Tarantino in 1997 by making his directorial debut with two even more mature and accomplished pictures, Hard Eight and Boogie Nights). But Pulp Fiction packs so much energy and invention into telling its nonchronologically interwoven short stories (all about temptation, corruption, and redemption amongst modern criminals, large and small) it leaves viewers both exhilarated and exhausted--hearts racing and knuckles white from the ride. (Oh, and the infectious, surf-guitar-based soundtrack is tastier than a Royale with Cheese.) --Jim Emerson * 2006 * new (film analysis) pages: eisen & eisenstein, silent, soviet cinema, kurosawa, tarkovsky ....

Pulp Fiction

"Oh, I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration?"

written & directed
Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino & Roger Roberts Avery


May 1993
last draft ... The name of the film refers to the pulp magazines popular during the mid–20th century, known for their strongly graphic nature. wikipedia :

1 Reception and influence
2 Storylines
2.1 Vincent & Jules
2.2 Mia Wallace
2.3 Butch Coolidge
2.4 Pumpkin & Honey Bunny
3 Plot devices
3.1 The mysterious briefcase
3.2 Jules' Bible passage
3.3 Connections to Reservoir Dogs
4 Other details
4.1 Time setting
4.2 Influences
4.3 Trivia
4.4 Thematic analysis :

Three main themes found throughout Pulp Fiction are intervention, redemption and error. Death is the punishment for characters who refuse to redeem themselves despite being given several opportunities to do so. Most of the major characters have committed major crimes: Vincent and Jules are hitmen, Ringo and Yolanda rob liquor stores, and Butch swindles Marsellus. During the movie each of them experience distinct, possibly divine interventions and are challenged to grapple with these opportunities for forgiveness.

The most obvious intervention is pointed out by Jules himself, after he and Vincent are fired upon repeatedly from point-blank range yet remain unharmed. Jules promptly understands the pair's good luck to be a miracle—a divine intervention made on their behalf. The film goes on to show how Vincent, who doubts the miraculous nature of his survival, accidentally kills another person while doubting Jules' belief and is later killed himself while hunting Butch.

Other close calls stem from this "miraculous" bullet-dodging incident. Finding themselves with a blood-soaked car in broad daylight, after Vincent accidentally shoots and kills the passenger riding in the back seat, Jules and Vincent are bailed out under dubious circumstances by Marsellus' mysterious "clean-up man," Winston Wolfe. Later, Jules decides not to kill Pumpkin when confronted with the robber in a diner, instead giving him a new lease on life as Jules himself contemplates his decision to give up being a hitman.

A clear instance of redemption ensues when Butch, having been captured with Marsellus and in danger of being sodomized and killed, is able to free himself. Instead of fleeing, Butch turns back to save Marsellus from further torture, despite the fact that he had cheated Marsellus out of a lot of money and was being hunted by him for that reason. Marsellus forgives Butch for scamming him, and the two permanently part ways.

The third theme, that of error, is more subtle but also much more persistent. Virtually every character in the film has something (frequently a large thing) go wrong for them: Mia almost dies from a drug overdose, Butch finds himself watchless and Pumpkin and Honey Bunny have their robbery cut short. Marcellus is betrayed in a crooked betting game, Zed and the shop owner have a rape go horribly wrong, Jimmy has his morning ruined, Marvin is shot by accident by Vincent, Vincent is shot by accident by Butch and various minor characters are victimized at the expense of the major players. Probably the only character who walks in and out of the movie with no problems is Winston Wolfe: "I fix things."

Tim Roth .... Pumpkin (Ringo) * Amanda Plummer .... Honey Bunny (Yolanda) * John Travolta .... Vincent Vega * Samuel L. Jackson .... Jules Winnfield * Bruce Willis .... Butch Coolidge * ... Uma Thurman .... Mia Wallace ...

Half film noir and half black comedy... Genre and Game with genres... The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the LORD when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

Pulp Fiction Reduced to about 20 minutes and put in order

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Pulp Fiction Typography

Posted Feb 25, 2007

The infamous "What does Marsellus Wallace Look Like?" scene from Pulp Fiction is brilliantly illustrated with the use of fancy typography by Jarrat Moody.