Pulp Fiction, a movie review

A movie review: By Lee Sonogan

(1994) 2h34min/ Crime, Drama


This movie is about two hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife and a pair of dinner bandits in four separate tales. Each character in this movie plays their character perfectly as they experience violence and redemption. With an 8 to 8.5 million budget, it successfully made 213.9 million at the box office. That’s impressive in itself for what year this movie was made in. If I had a top 10 for nineties movies, this would be near the top.

Pulp Fiction was released in South Korea, Japan, and even Slovakia before it arrived in America. Tarantino’s film first played at the Cannes film festival in May 1994. It was shown at other festivals around the world, from Munich to Locarno, before hitting American shores on September 23, 1994, at the New York film festival. The film officially opened in the U.S. on October 14, 1994, a release date following those in the aforementioned countries.

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Christopher Walken and Quentin Tarantino; and five Oscar nominees: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel. Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Director Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role. Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.

The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then running the film backwards. Watch carefully and you’ll see a mark on Mia’s chest disappear when she’s revived. The movie’s line, “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? They call it a Royale with cheese.” was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.

My favourite Quintin Tarantino movie of all time. Overall, this movie is awesome in all the right areas. It is so good that it was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress National Film Registry.  This long movie has such many epic scenes, good acting, an interesting story and so much more. If you have not heard of this movie, you would have seen various parodies of it in many tv shows and other things. It’s that good. I recommend this movie to everyone who wants to watch a very good movie.



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