Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Pulp Fiction

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.

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote its screenplay with Roger Avary. The film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

Quentin Tarantino uses his trademark nonlinear storytelling, so the narrative is presented out of sequence. Pulp Fiction is structured around three distinct but interrelated storyline - 1.) mob hitman Vincent Vega (Travolta) is the lead of the first story; 2.) prizefighter Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is the lead of the second; and 3.) Vincent's fellow contract killer, Jules Winnfield (Jackson) is the lead of the third.

Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield are two hitmen on the hunt for a briefcase whose contents were stolen from their boss, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). They run into a few unexpected detours along the road. Marsellus is out of town, and he's gotten Vincent to take care of his wife, Mia (Thurman), i.e., take her out for a night on the town. Things go smoothly until one of them makes a huge error. Butch Coolidge is a boxer who's been approached by Marsellus and been told to throw his latest fight. When Butch ends up killing the other boxer, he must escape Marsellus. Pumpkin (Tim Roth) and Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) are two lovebirds/thieves who have decided to rob the restaurant they're currently eating at. But the restaurant doesn't turn out to be as easy as the other places they've robbed.

Favorite quotes:

Jules: You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France? .... A Royale with cheese.

Mia: I do believe Marsellus Wallace, my husband, your boss, told you to take ME out and do WHATEVER I WANTED. Now I wanna dance, I wanna win. I want that trophy, so dance good.

Butch: Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.

Lance: Are you calling me on the cellular phone? I don't know you. Who is this? Don't come here, I'm hanging up the phone! Prank caller, prank caller!

Jules: If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

WARNING: Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality.

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