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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Quentin Tarantino
Pulp Fiction
155 minutes
Lawrence Bender
Screenwriter (from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary):
Quentin Tarantino

Cast includes:

Vincent Vega John Travolta
Jules Winnfield Samuel L. Jackson
Mia Wallace Uma Thurman
The Wolf Harvey Keitel
Pumpkin Tim Roth
Honey Bunny Amanda Plummer
Fabienne Maria de Medeiros
Marsellus Wallace Ving Rhames
Lance Eric Stoltz
Jody Rosanna Arquette
Captain Koons Christopher Walken
Butch Coolidge Bruce Willis
Jimmie Quentin Tarantino
Surly Buddy Holly Waiter Steve Buscemi
Brett Frank Whaley
Fourth Man Alexis Arquette
Paul Paul Calderon



Seven sequences, a few more scenes, an inventive and juicy unchronological order, and a fresh and spicy dialogue that took on a new level of realism in the midst of this otherwise exaggerated reality that was all it took for Quentin Tarantino to elevate his status from one of Hollywood's most promising newcomers (after his debut Reservoir Dogs) to one of the greatest new American directors since Orson Welles. 25 years on, Pulp Fiction stands the test of time without breaking a sweat, and it probably always will. One of the reasons is that it is not set in any specific period or location; it creates its own universe based upon an (un)idealized version of L.A. Another reason is that it deals with timeless movie issues, if not necessarily life issues, with which Tarantino toys with utmost skill and playfulness. There is a crudeness to it all, too, but it's a nave, curious crudeness, not an exploitative one. And Tarantino is not out to trick anyone; he's in love with his material. Or more correctly, he's in love with what inspired his material. He's a movie aficionado at work, and in full bloom, who manages not only to pay tribute to the medium he so clearly worships, but also to advance the medium and create and tell stories that are unique, irresistible and transcending. With an ensemble cast that included many performers who were given a career boost by this movie, not least a vigorous John Travolta who went back from the B-list to the A-list.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 06.06.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 04.09.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang