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CLASSIC REVIEW: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Is it just me or do newer Quentin Tarantino films feel like they’re always trying to live up to this masterpiece? The new films look great, but lack the realness and raw dialogue of Pulp Fiction. (Inglorious Bastards came close though.)

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I saw Pulp Fiction in 1995 when I was 15 and I thought it was like a documentary on life in LA. I was only a few years away from manhood and knew I had a lot of growing up to do to be half as cool as these characters. Now that I’m 40, I can confidently confirm that I never came close.

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It’s one of the few films that get better each time you watch it, especially if you’re much older when you do. I highly doubt my kids have seen it. They’re old enough to watch it now, and the next time they complain too much, I’m going to make them watch it and tell them that it was what life was like when I was a kid and they should be happy with things today.

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Anytime someone is searching for me on any kind of list, I always tell them I’m the one that’s labeled, bad motherfucker. Only one out of about 10 people will get it, the rest look at me like I’m insane. I always forget that not everyone has seen this gem.

Main Characters

If you’ve never seen Pulp Fiction before, then I don’t want to ruin anything, so I will just show the three main characters in some of my favorite scenes without spoilers.

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Butch is a boxer.

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He’s loves an old watch that his dad wanted him to have.

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Vincent is a hitman who just came back from a European vacation.

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Jules

Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Jules, really steals the show. Pulp Fiction is what shot Mr. Jackson into the stratosphere and his performance alone is enough reason to see this.

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Pulp Fiction is remembered as one of the greatest films ever and most consider it Tarantino’s best. It won many accolades including an Academy Award for Best Orginal Screenplay. It boosted many of these actors into stardom as well.

Spoilers and Unanswered Questions

If you have not yet seen Pulp Fiction, please stop now and just let me say this film is a five out of five, a masterpiece, a must watch before you die, and one of my favorite movies of all time. The film still leaves you with questions though.

  • What is inside the briefcase?
  • How did Vincent and Jules survive the gunfight?
  • How did they get rid of the body?
  • What does Marsellus Wallace look like?