Pulp Fiction

1994

Pulp Fiction

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One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.

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Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of such experimental classics as Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and La jetée. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, in the role that single-handedly reignited his career, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges on such topics as the French names for American fast food products; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic. ~ Leo Charney, Rovi

Cast

John Travolta
as Vincent Vega
Amanda Plummer
as Honey Bunny
Steve Buscemi
as Surly Buddy Holly Waiter
Ving Rhames
as Marsellus
Tim Roth
as Pumpkin
Alexis Arquette
as Fourth Man
Paul Calderon
as English Dave
Angela Jones
as Esmarelda Villalobos
Brenda Hillhouse
as Butch's Mother
Sy Sher
as Klondike
Carl Allen
as Dead Floyd Wilson
Don Blakely
as Wilson's Trainer
Venessia Valentino
as Pedestrian/Bonnie
Dick Miller
as Monster Joe
Chandler Lindauer
as Young Butch
Susan Griffiths
as Marilyn Monroe
Lorelei Leslie
as Mamie Van Doren
Brad Parker
as Jerry Lewis
Joseph Pilato
as Dean Martin
Eric Clark
as James Dean
Gary Shorelle
as Ricky Nelson
Michael Gilden
as Philip Morris Page
Linda Kaye
as Shot Woman
Lawrence Bender
as Long Hair Yuppie Scum
Emil Sitka
as `Hold Hands You Love Birds'
Robert Ruth
as Sportscaster
Rich Turner
as Sportscaster
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Critic Reviews for Pulp Fiction

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (8)

  • It's hot, it's cool and -- for a movie that sometimes comes at you like a blindsiding fist -- it's unfailingly playful.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • It's full of perfect Tarantino moments, with meta references, B-movie sleaze and a sheer sense of fun.

    Oct 7, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Though Pulp Fiction is only Tarantino's second film as writer-director, he creates his own world as confidently and recognisably as Harold Pinter or Joe Orton does or did.

    Feb 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It resurrects John Travolta from "Look Who's Talking" hell, it makes Bruce Willis into a serious actor and it honors the power and fancy of intelligent dialogue (written by the director himself).

    Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Unmissable.

    May 15, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This movie gets its charge not from action pyrotechnics but from its electric barrage of language, wisecracks and dialogue, from the mordant '70s classicism of its long-take camera style and its smart, offbeat, strangely sexy cast.

    May 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pulp Fiction

  • Jun 13, 2017
    14/06/2017 A hilariously violent and extremely well written script + a huge cast of top of the line actors combine to make this masterpiece. No more needs to be said, except: If you like your movies Pulp Fiction is a must watch!
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Arguably Tarantino's best film. Pulp Fiction mixes everything into one package perfectly like a royale with cheese!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    There's something to be said about how perfectly Pulp Fiction flows with such a non-linear storyline. Quentin Tarantino had already earned his spurs with Reservoir Dogs, and now decided to take everything to the nines with his sophomore film. The beauty of Pulp Fiction is how the storylines are so well intersected, and yet it begins and ends nearly exactly the same way. Not only is it one of the most important films of the 1990s, but it served as a platform for incredible dialogue, a veritable showcase depicting the bleak yet flashy glamour of 90s' LA, and a scenario of sorts of just what ordinary, and not-so-ordinary people can do when under duress.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2016
    I always find Quentin Tarantinos films hard to review, Well to start off I can say it's nothing that you will have seen before, A great mix of humour and violence, A very strong cast all give a great performance, Very well told short stories that all connect in different ways, Maybe too long but Tarantinos films are unique and need its running time to be told how he wants, Not a film for everyone but if you're into crime/drama then you will love this.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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