Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ]; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).
Release Date: October 14, 1994
Writer: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Producer: Danny DeVito, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Lawrence Bender, Richard N. Gladstein
Cast: Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Samuel Jackson, Maria de Madeiros
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Pulp Fiction is a very original, well-written, and well-made movie. It is certainly deserving of the many accolades it has received and the acting is brilliant. The movie is broken up into several shorter stories that all bring the characters from other stories into them in some way or another - brilliantly assembled. That said, it pushes the limits of R-rated content. This movie is not OK for anyone under 18 in my opinion, and anyone over 18 should use caution. The F-word is used probably well over 200 times in this movie, not to mention other swear words, racial slurs or other mature dialogue. Drug talk and drug use are rampant in the movie, as is violence. You will see people being shot, hit by cars, stabbed by swords, overdose on drugs, and there is ample blood in several of the stories. Sexual content includes talk of oral sex (not shown), and a scene with homosexual kidnappers (it is pretty clear clear what is going on but no private parts are shown). After all that, you're probably wondering why in the world I would rate this highly. Based on just the inappropriate content I would say avoid this movie. It's just that the story, the characters, the situations they get themselves into, the way their paths intertwine and some very smart and witty banter make this a very entertaining, funny, and good movie. That for me, is the conflict - do the excellent aspects of this movie outweigh the bad? I would recommend waiting for this to come on TV in an edited form - you'll still get the gist of the story and see many of the bits that make it great. I've concluded that is the only way I will watch this show from now on.July 5th, 2013 · Details
Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" has been hailed by national critics as the year's best, most innovative film, with writer-director Tarantino being called a genius. And he truly is a remarkable filmmaker - and "Pulp Fiction" is indeed a remarkable film. But it's also way over the top in terms of its R-rated excesses - wall-to-wall foul language and more than a few off-putting moments. And though the film is not as graphically violent as "Reservoir Dogs," there's no question that both came from the same mind. Still, if you can get past all of that, "Pulp Fiction" is a wildly entertaining film, which never sags, even at a staggering 2-hour, 40-minute running time. After a prologue of sorts, involving a pair of small-time hoods who call each other Honey Bunny and Pumpkin (Amanda Plummer, Tim Roth) as they prepare to rob a diner, the film is essentially broken into three acts, with members of the ensemble cast woven into the background when they are not essential players in the story. The first act focuses on a philosophizing, drug-addict hitman named Vincent (John Travolta). We meet him as he is in conversation with his partner Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), another thinking-man's killer. They are driving to a job and discussing McDonald's restaurants in Europe. The job is a hit on a trio of young punks who have made the mistake of stealing from mobster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), for whom Vincent and Jules work. But the bulk of the story has Vincent being assigned to spend an evening with Marsellus' wife Mia (Uma Thurman). They go to a hilarious '50s-themed restaurant, where they eat in vintage cars and are served by Buddy Holly and Marilyn Monroe. Eventually, they twist the night away. The second act has Marcellus bribing a two-bit boxer named Butch (Bruce Willis) to take a dive. But Butch double-crosses Marcellus and tries to get out of town with Marcellus' money. This story has some wonderful twists and turns, and it also has the most bizarre (and potentially offensive) sequence, involving a pair of homosexual rednecks who kidnap innocents, dress them in leather and chain them to a wall in the basement. When their latest victims are less than innocent, however, revenge is ugly. The third act doubles back to Vincent and Jules and the three young men they are assigned to kill, then goes through a convoluted journey involving a "cleanup" man (Harvey Keitel) and eventually returns to the film's prologue, the diner where Honey Bunny and Pumpkin pull their guns. The stories are clever and witty - and so is the dialogue, loaded with pop-culture references and wry humor. And Tarantino has chosen the perfect song score soundtrack to back up the action. But the young filmmaker is at his best with actors, and Travolta, Willis, Thurman, Rhames and, as Butch's girlfriend, Maria de Medeiros, all give performances that are among their best. But the show-stealer is Samuel L. Jackson ("Jurassic Park," "Jungle Fever"), whose star-making turn as Jules is a wonderful mix of down-to-earth everyman and self-confident killer. He shouts scripture to put his victims off guard and, in the end, considers the pros and cons of getting out of the business when an apparent "miracle" occurs in his life. He's hilarious and complex and the best of many terrific characterizations. I'm on record as being less enthusiastic about "Reservoir Dogs" than most other critics, and though I enjoyed "Pulp Fiction" much more, it's still far too in-your-face. However, I'll take Tarantino over Oliver Stone any day. "Pulp Fiction" is rated R for violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, sex, nudity and drugs.February 2nd, 2004 · Details