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Pulp Fiction (1994)

154 Min.
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In a nutshell... Weaving together three stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer, Quentin Tarantino influenced a generation of filmmakers with this crime caper's stylized, over-the-top violence and dark comic spirit.

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Why It Makes My List

I’m a writer at heart and for me the best things about Pulp Fiction are its words. The vulgarity-laced dialogue sparkles with humour and is ripe with points to ponder made by lowlife characters who love to talk. The brilliance of the script is not just in its handling of riffs between men either; Tarantino also shows an ability to write women characters who sound like women. Pulp Fiction

Other Reasons To Watch

Pop culture is both celebrated and trashed throughout the movie, making Pulp Fiction intelligent and accessible at the same time.

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Pulp Fiction is pure entertainment when you watch it the first time, but the intellectual underpinnings and interwoven plot lines make for a deeper and richer experience with subsequent viewings.
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Despite its long running time, Pulp Fiction's pace and energy is relentless. When I checked the clock on my player I was hoping there would be more time left of the movie, not less.
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Reason To Pass
Reason To Pass

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There are sequences (such as the ones involving bondage harnesses and homosexual rape) that can make Tarantino look like he's straining for shock value to maintain our attention. Others are very much informed by Tarantino's personal sense of movie history, making a few scenes (especially those with Bruce Willis as a nervy boxer) tedious for those who don’t share his passion.
Some sequences (such as the ones involving bondage harnesses and homosexual rape) can make Tarantino look like he's straining for shock value to maintain our attention.
There is little of real life or real people in Pulp Fiction. It's an assortment of homages infused with hype and attitude that for some will amount to little more than punchy, superficial flamboyance.

Don't Watch If...

You prefer real life and real people to flamboyant hype and a punchy attitude.

  • Once in a while a film comes along that from the opening credits changes cinema forever.

    Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction explodes into your brain at full-pelt to the soundtrack of the surf song Misirlou (Dick Dale) a track which has become synonymous with the film in the years since its release.

    From that moment as we witness two lovers deciding to commit a robbery in a diner Tarantino’s trademark ultra-hip philosophy weaves in and out of a plot as complex as it is violent and as humorous as the characters are cool.

    Samuel L.Jackson, John Travolta, Urma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Rosanna Arquette and Bruce Willis star in this pastiche of interconnected stories.

    Expect the unexpected and be prepared for scenes that push boundaries and buttons. Pulp Fiction is an 18 movie for a reason but there is beauty in the violence with dialogue that has permeated into everyday consciousness and a style all of its own.

    Translating well onto the little screen next time I’ll make it an occasion and watch it drive-in style with popcorn, milkshake, a Royale with cheese and fries on the side.

    Watching Pulp Fiction again was like picking up a favourite paperback that I couldn’t put down.

    • Wess A Haubrich

      The soundtrack here is a favorite of mine too. Tarantino from Reservoir Dogs (1992) on, really knows how to pick them. I think it’s important with assessing the film’s writing and overall significance to know that the very idea and style of a piece of “pulp fiction” comes from the salacious “pulp novels” of the ’20s to the ’40s, pieces like Dashiel Hammets “The Maltese Falcon” (and the 1941 flick of the same name with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre), Raymond Chandlers “The Big Sleep” (and the 1946 Bogart flick of the same name) and of course the Mike Hammer novels from Mickey Spillane (see 1950s “Kiss me Deadly”). These pulp novels were thus a huge influence on classic film noir and neo noir, of which Pulp Fiction should be viewed as an integral, must see, part of the Pantheon of.

  • Pulp Fiction is Tarantino’s greatest masterpiece. Uma Thurman is his Mona Lisa. It’s one of the most distinct and influential movies in history. Tarantino’s writing feels so authentic and fresh. His iconic, larger-than-life characters flourish throughout. Pulp Fiction movie explodes with coolness.

  • The First Cinematic

    One of the best movies of all time, and definitely in the running for the top spot. Craig said it perfectly. Intelligent, accessible, and a great pace. The only reason people would not like this movie is if it truly just is not their style. Because as long as you don’t hate Tarantino movies (which is beyond me) then what is there to complain about? Every character in the movie is completely memorable and NONE of them are in every chapter. That’s incredible. Very quotable, very rewatchable, and very cool. Tarantino’s sophomore movie could just be the greatest movie of all time.

Pulp Fiction

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Director Quentin Tarantino

Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Maria de Medeiros, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi

Genres Thrillers, Crime Thrillers, Mobster, Crime Dramas, Blockbusters