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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 22. Pulp Fiction (1994)

September 15, 2011

22. Pulp Fiction [DVD] (1994)

Plot: Two hit men Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to look after his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) when he himself is out of town.

Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these people intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

I don’t smile for pictures. (tagline)

Also Starring: Phil LaMarrRosanna ArquetteSteve BuscemiChristopher WalkenHarvey Keitel
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin TarantinoRoger Avary
Length: 154 min
Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $213,928,762 (Worldwide)

Favorite Quote:
Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
Butch: It’s Zed’s.
Fabienne: Who’s Zed?
Butch: Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.

Review: Whenever I think about this movie, the scene that first pops up in my mind is when Elaine needs a “cleaner” and Newman arrives in his car, removes his sunglasses like a fat David Caruso and sits down to eat muffin tops. And that scene isn’t even in the movie!

But that’s the greatness of Pulp Fiction, it had such an influence on pop culture, it triggered a movement and it’s almost like that too has become a part of the movie.

Oscar Count:
1 Win: 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary)
Nominations: Best Picture (Lawrence Bender) Best Director (Quentin Tarantino) Best Actor in a Leading Role (John Travolta) Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Samuel L. Jackson) Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Uma Thurman) Best Film Editing (Sally Menke)

It’s almost like this movie is bigger than a movie. It emerged movie nerd Quentin Tarantino into becoming the coolest guy ever (paving the way for guys like Janne the Director) and rebooted the importance of a great soundtrack. I love the fact that Tarantino starts out with songs and then start to write scenes around them, like an Opera production; giving us the perfect background music for every scene and a craving to buy the album. Are they called albums nowadays?

And remember how everybody was doing the Pulp Fiction dance moves back in the mid-nineties? Actually, you can to this day still see some slightly overweight guy not knowing any other move on the dance floor and does the “fingers in front of the eyes” move.

Ever seen that guy? That’s me!!

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: The role of Vincent Vega was written for Michael Madsen, who played the character’s brother, Vic Vega, in Reservoir Dogs, but he couldn’t do the film due to scheduling conflicts for another film.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 23. Forrest Gump (1994)


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