PULP FICTION (1994) *****

 

Director: Quentin Tarantino

 

John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Amanda Plummer, Rosanna Arquette, Eric Stoltz, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino

 

Rating: R

 

Running Time: 2 Hrs. 34 Mins.

 

Pulp Fiction is writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s second feature after Reservoir Dogs (1992). Hitmen Vincent Vega (Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Jackson) are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their boss Marcellus Wallace (Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vega to take his wife Mia (Thurman) out for a night at a 1950’s themed diner called Jackrabbit Slim’s while he is out of town on business. Butch Coolidge (Willis) is a broken down, aging boxer paid off by Wallace to take a dive in his next fight. The lives and stories of all of these individuals end up connected, through a series of bizarre, and often violent, events. And that’s about the best way to explain the goings-on here.

 

The film is nothing short of absolutely brilliant. Each and every one of the actors shines in what is possibly one of the all time best ensemble casts. Tarantino’s script (Roger Avery receives co-story credit) paired with his slick storytelling as a director work perfectly with the cast and humanize the characters. It’s fun to see what Hitmen talk about on the way to a job! Who knew that things like foreign burgers and foot massages were topics of choice? Despite these long scenes of chatter, such as the infamous “Royale with Cheese” scene, the film moves along nicely and hardly feels like two and a half hours have gone by when it wraps up.

 

Pulp Fiction, which spawned many imitators in the mid to late 1990’s, is one of, if not the best films of that decade, and is, in this man’s opinion, one of the best films ever made.

 

Academy Award Winner (1):

Best Original Screenplay

 

Academy Award Nominations (6):

Best Picture of the Year

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Travolta)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jackson)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Thurman)

Best Director

Best Film Editing