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Pulp Fiction

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Original title
Pulp Fiction
Running time
153 min.
United States United States
Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary
Andrzej Sekula
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Miramax / Band Apart / Jersey Films. Producer: Lawrence Bender
Thriller | Crime. Ensemble Film. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
The film interweaves three tales: the first story focuses on Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), two hit men on duty for "the big boss," Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), whose gorgeous wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), takes a liking to Vincent. In the second, a down-and-out pugilist (Bruce Willis), who is ordered to take a fall, decides that there’s more money in doing the opposite. The final chapter follows a pair of lovers (Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth) as they prepare to hold up a diner.
1994: Academy Awards: Oscar Best Original Screenplay. 7 Nominations
1994: Golden Globe: Best Screenplay. 6 Nominations
1994: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actor (L. Jackson) and Screenplay. 9 Nom.
1994: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d´Or (Golden Palm) - Best Movie
1994: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
1994: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film and Actor (Travolta). 3 Nom.
1994: National Board of Review: Best Film (ex-aequo)
1994: New York Film Critics Circle: Best director and Best Screenplay. 5 Nom.
1994: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director, Actor & Screenplay
1995: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Film, Director, Actor & Screenplay. 6 Nominations
1994: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1994: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1994: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Actor (Travolta), Sup. Actor (Jackson) & Sup. Actress (Thurman)
1994: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Director and Best Screenplay. 6 Nominations
Critics' reviews
  • "Like 'Citizen Kane', 'Pulp Fiction' is constructed in such a nonlinear way that you could see it a dozen times and not be able to remember what comes next"
  • "It is an exhilaration from beginning to end. It's the movie equivalent of that rare sort of novel where you find yourself checking to see how many pages are left and hoping there are more, not fewer"
  • "'Pulp Fiction' isn't just funny'. It's outrageously funny"
  • "For a brutal black comedy about L.A. hitmen, 'Pulp Fiction' bursts out of its binding with loopy delights"
  • "It towers over the year's other movies as majestically and menacingly as a gang lord at a preschool"
  • "The architecture of 'Pulp Fiction' may look skewed and strained, but the decoration is a lot of fun"
  • "Some sequences (...) have the uncomfortable feeling of creative desperation, of someone who's afraid of losing his reputation scrambling for any way to offend sensibilities"
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