Pulp Fiction

8.92 h 34 min1994X-RayR
Two hit men cross paths with those of a powerful gangster, the latter's overdosing girlfriend, a desperate boxer and a pair of stickup artists. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Quentin Tarantino
John TravoltaSamuel L. JacksonUma Thurman
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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Film That Changed Storytelling
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“Pulp Fiction” forever changed cinema, showcasing a filmmaker with a knife-sharp vision operating unshackled at the absolute height of his powers. From its shrewd curations of pop culture to its electrically charged creatures of the underbelly, Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece navigates life’s dirty back rooms with a wild ambition, darkly searing wit, and a gut-level intelligence like no other.

Yet before the first frame was shot, “Pulp Fiction” was already a towering master class in screenwriting, and in all phases of the game: Brilliant, scorching dialogue, uniquely consuming character sketches, and a savant-like melding of unorthodox, fragmented structure into a seamless whole conspired to light the fuse on a film that once detonated would tear down the confines of cinematic structure. “Pulp Fiction” liberated the way stories are told.

Over a quarter century after its release, “Pulp Fiction” remains a candidate for film’s greatest work. And while its final resting place in the order of things is debatable, its atomic impact on everything that followed is not. - (Was this review of use to you? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful." Cheers!) - WATCHED IT? THEN WATCHLIST: [[ASIN:B076B7R6L3 "True Romance,"]] [[ASIN:B001O37WTY "Being John Malkovich,"]] [[ASIN:B07JVSYPZ7 "Stadium Anthems."]]
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John P. Jones IIIReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
“A cult classic”??
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I first saw this movie shortly after its release in 1994. Thought it was strange to bizarre, a bit funny, way too much violence, but I did like the acting of Samuel Jackson, particularly when he did his preacher-role gig.

The movie popped into my head again in 2002, in a very unusual circumstance. We had driven a hard twelve hours in the open desert, to a special, obviously remote spot far from Riyadh, where stood the giant stone monolith called Abu Kaab. What was once called Ayer’s Rock in Australia is a first approximation. Three wonderful days of camping, without moving, before pushing west through the desert to Al Baha. A dream vacation, at least for some. Six vehicles in total. Four other vehicles contained expat Saudi “old hands” who knew the rules, of camping, and deportment. The sixth vehicle was the “wild card.” A mother and her two late-teen sons, 19 and 18. First desert trip. Oh, and one might say they were the “highest ranking” Americans in the Kingdom, if one kept score in a particular way. On the third day we decided to visit the nearest desert village, some 40 km away, to top up the petrol and pick up a few odds and ends for the push to Al Baha. The two teens were wearing SHORTS, and in terms of “deportment,” particularly in the rural area of Saudi Arabia, was the equivalent of the women going in topless. Felt I had a clever way of getting the message across that a change of attire might be in order.

“Have either of you ever seen the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’”? I had in mind the scene of two of the protagonists, rather tightly restrained in the basement, awaiting their fate from someone with less than honorable intentions… and how I hate to see these two young lads left over in that village. Wow! Talk about throwing a cat in with the canaries. The mother hated the movie, rightly, in my opinion, due to the violence. Her two kids had the entire movie MEMORIZED! It apparently was/is a “cult classic.” I could only think of one other movie that rated such devotion: “La Cage aux folles.” It was the “midnight classic” at the one and only art theater in Atlanta. The gay community would pack the theater, having seen it perhaps 50 times before, and shout out every line with the actors! Odd perhaps, but far more understandable than making “Pulp Fiction” a similar classic, to what purpose?

To answer that question, Quentin Tarantino concocted a movie that has this constant undercurrent of violence that maintains “high dramatic tension” throughout, as in, who is the next person that will get “blown away,” and for what non-reason? Then stir in a heavy dollop of drug abuse that might only be resolved by a syringe-full of adrenaline straight into the heart. In real life this is never done, and I have to wonder how many people in that same real life have died from attempts at this. (“Hey, man, it worked in the movie!”)

So, I just completed my vow, once made in the Saudi desert, to re-watch this movie. Sure, call me a prude, even a bit squeamish, but I simply do not like gratuitous violence, particular when scripted to shock (“Hey, man, I’m the one in the backseat picking up the pieces of skull”). And lawdy, what does it say about our society that this movie is a “cult classic”? Still, Jackson delivers a pretty good rap when he is quoting the Bible, which saves this movie from the ultimate damnation. 2-stars.
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SharpReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pulp Fiction--A Cult Classic with A High Profile Cast
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Reliving my youth with this Quentin Tarantino movie, because I've watched it so many times and loved it. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. From Travolta to Willis, to Samuel L. Jackson, this was a movie that will never loose its edge, and without the violence it would have not worked at all. I noticed one reviewer said the movie was only good for the music. Yes, the music is classic for all eras. I would take that to be a youngster, but that's okay. I would give this film ten stars if it were possible. So many great scenes in there. I own this DVD and it's well worth the money to buy it to have a clearer version. Quentin Tarantino never fails to deliver a top rated movie. Now, go watch "Kill Bill" and "Kill Bill II" with the beautiful and mega talented Uma Thurman, who was in "Pulp Fiction" too. That will totallymake your day complete.
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michaelgReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Zeds dead baby. Zeds dead.
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I'm asked time and time again of as to what my favorite movie of all time is, and I always give the same answer: Pulp Fiction.

This movie is, in my opinion, Tarantino's best work. Like most Tarantino films, it has a hip and engaging dialogue. The dialogue alone is pure gold...I could honestly just listen to this movie without watching it.

The acting in this movie is incredible...not much else there compares to it. I guess it helps to have a cast full of top shelf stars. And it has the usual Tarantino cast members, including Tarantino himself, of course. And this is, in my opinion of course, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta's best acting period. This movie definitely defined both of them. I know that's a bold statement considering Travolta in Grease, but give this movie a view and you'll see what i mean.

The soundtrack for this movie fit's every scene perfectly...it gives me goosebumps to see how well every song fits it's particular scene. The cinematography is unparalleled as well.

I love the timeline setup of this movie...there's scenes in the future, flashback scenes, and different stories that all tie together. I've seen this movie at least 100 times and notice something new every time I watch it.

Anyways, if you haven't seen this movie somehow and are thinking about getting it; do it. Don't be a square. It needs to be seen by anyone who appreciates a top notch movie.
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CHReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
English...Do you speak it?!?!??!
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The tour de force that solidified Quentin Tarantino's place on the map and brought John Travolta back from the dead...Still good, even after all these years. I think the best part for me is the dialogue writing that was subtly sophisticated, with a generous sprinkling of F-bombs and curses here and there. The story is presented non-linear, which actually adds to the whole experience. Soooooo many good one-liners and quotes from this! And Samuel L. Jackson is an absolute wonder as Jules. Definitely NOT for kids.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mastework of storytelling dialogue characters & action
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I’d seen True Romance which Quentin Tarantino had written and Reservoir Dogs, his first feature film which was a mind blower, but nothing prepared me for Pulp Fiction when I saw it in a theater. The movie was a ground breaker while borrowing from dozens of previous films. It is a true cinematic classic.

The plot has four main stories which are intertwined and shown through a variety of flash backs and present scenes which play with the idea of what a narrative is supposed to be. The opening for example shows Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and his girlfriend Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) talking about carrying out a robbery in a dinner before they jump up on the tables and chairs and tell everyone to put their hands up, they’re sticking the place up. Then there’s two gangster henchmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) who are given a job to retrieve a very important briefcase for their boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). In a separate story arch Vega also has the job to take his boss’s wife Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) out on a date. Finally, Butch (Bruce Willis) who was supposed to throw a fight for Wallace, but has a change of heart.

Pulp Fiction builds on many techniques that Tarantino originally used in Reservoir Dogs. The flash backs and intermixing of stories for example was used in that film, and has its origins in Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. For instance, the third major scene has Vega and Jules going to see Marsellus, which happened chronologically after the very last scene of the film. The love of dialogue is another. Tarantino originally had a way to tell stories that was almost completely original. Vega and Jules for example are talking on their drive to their job and discuss how hamburgers and friends are named differently in Europe because they have the metric system so they can’t be called “Quarter Pounders”, and they also use mayonnaise on their fries. Later they talk about the intimacies of foot messages. The best example however is when Jules gives a speech to one of the men he has to collect the briefcase from. The man is so flustered that all he can say is what and Jules grows angrier and angrier until eventually threatening him if he says what again. He then gives a quote from the Bible, Ezekiel 25:27, which was taken from a Japanese film called The Bodyguard/Karate Kiba featuring Sonny Chiba who would go on to be seen in Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Today, Tarantino has completely lost control of his dialogue such as in Death Proof, the Hateful Eight and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but this was when he was still fresh and exciting and it just adds to the story rather than detracts. Another thing similar between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was spates of extreme violence. It’s not just shooting people however, there’s a very crazy S&M-rape scene involving Butch and Marsellus that just blew people’s minds when they originally saw it. Finally, as should be obvious Tarantino is a movie lover and used all kinds of influences in all of his films. Besides the ones already mentioned another famous one is the dance scene between Vega and Mia Wallace where they do the Twist at a restaurant. That is liberally borrowed from 8 ½ by Federico Fellini.

It’s these elements combined with a completely original story that make Pulp Fiction such an amazing movie to this day.
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Jack TorresReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome DVD. Buy it.
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If you're looking to start a blu-ray DVD collection I suggest you start here and pick up this copy right now.

Anyone who watches it now has to remember that it actually changed the history of cinema. In context- it followed a decade or more of action films that always ended with a chase sequence where the hero saved the day - you could have written those films yourself. Pulp had you gripped and credited the audience with intelligence. There is not a line of wasted dialogue and the movie incorporates a number of complexities that are not immediately obvious. It also resurrected the career of Grease icon John Travolta and highlighted the acting talent of Samuel L Jackson. There are many films now that are edited out of sequence and have multiple plots etc but this is the one they all want to be, or all want to beat, but never will.
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Richard L.Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Go Pulp Fiction
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I hadn't seen this movie for years so, when I watched it again, it was like seeing it for the first time. Since it's intertwined stories, you have to pay attention to details to keep the time frames for each individual story. Anyway, this is what really makes this a truly good flick filled with action, emotion, and just enough humor to make it very entertaining. The direction is superb with an epic cast of (at least by now) stars. I think anyone with a real-world awareness will enjoy this movie and maybe even relate to it.

I also purchased the movie "Go" along with this one since people have made so many comparisons. Anyway, Go is no Pulp Fiction but, I will say I actually liked it too. It does follow the same format by intertwining stories although, Go depicts a more "common" cast of characters which may appeal to a younger audience.

Both movies are filled with drugs, sex and violence...Please be cautious to whom you allow to watch these movies.

FYI: I purchased the DVD (not Blu-ray) version for the 2nd (bonus material) disc...Unless you're interested in a lot of back lot scenes, there really isn't a lot of extras included. The Blu-ray version may have better video and probably better sound although my DVD has a pretty good picture and the sound was in stereo but not surround-sound.
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