Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino (1994)

18 Certificate
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Our Score
While not as abrasive or compelling as Reservoir Dogs, this follow-up confirmed Quentin Tarantino's genius for writing hard-boiled comic dialogue. It also demonstrated a control over a wealth of characters and crossplots that was simply astonishing for a film-maker still, essentially, in the process of learning his trade. Originally called Black Mask, the picture went on to scoop the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival and win Oscars for Tarantino and his co-writer Roger Avary. Scorching though the writing is, it needed a high-calibre cast to carry it off. Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Maria de Medeiros and Christopher Walken are excellent, but the revitalised John Travolta and the then largely unknown Samuel L Jackson are unforgettable. As much pop as pulp, this is exhilarating stuff and clearly one of the best films of the 1990s.


A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. A hitman plays minder to his boss's wife, and he and his partner deal with a dead body following a mishap with a gun. Meanwhile, a washed-up boxer goes on the run after refusing to throw a fight, and two lovers plot a hold-up in a diner. Quentin Tarantino's crime drama, starring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer.

Cast & Crew

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
The Gimp Stephen Hibbert
Zed Peter Greene
Brett Frank Whaley
Trudi Bronagh Gallagher
Director Quentin Tarantino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 May 2014