History Film / PulpFiction

12th Aug '16 4:21:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Butch, a faded boxer and "palooka," bets everything, including his life, on winning a boxing match. Not only does he win the bout, he ''kills'' his opponent in the process. We see Butch only before and after what must have been one hellacious performance.
10th Aug '16 10:17:31 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: According to the script, the briefcase contained diamonds. Tarantino felt this was too similar to the plot of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', and left it ambiguous.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheScript: According to the script, the briefcase contained diamonds. Tarantino felt this was too similar to the plot of ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', and left it ambiguous.ambiguous.
** The screenplays also reveals that Maynard and Zed are brothers.
17th Jul '16 8:54:52 PM NOYB
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* AnAesop: Redemption. Jules is a sadistic murderer, but he redeems himself by sparing the robbers and resolving to live a more spiritual life. Butch breaks his word and kills a man by accident, but he redeems himself by living up to the example of "the gold watch" and refusing to leave Marsellus at the rapists' mercy. Both get happy endings. Vincent, who scoffs at Jules' redemption, does not change his ways and does not get a happy ending.

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* AnAesop: Redemption. Jules is a sadistic murderer, but he redeems himself by sparing the robbers and resolving to live a more spiritual life. Butch breaks his word and kills a man by accident, but he redeems himself by living up to the example of "the gold watch" and refusing to leave Marsellus at the rapists' mercy. Both get happy endings. Vincent, who scoffs at Jules' Jules's redemption, does not change his ways and does not get a happy ending.



* DeconstructiveParody: Of crime thrillers. Even feared crime lord Marsellus Wallace makes stupid mistakes. If you pay attention, you'll notice that Vince is constantly incompetent, gets indignant at the merest chastening for his incompetence and is probably riding Jules' coattails in the gangster business. This is all masked by his genre-standard charisma.

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* DeconstructiveParody: Of crime thrillers. Even feared crime lord Marsellus Wallace makes stupid mistakes. If you pay attention, you'll notice that Vince is constantly incompetent, gets indignant at the merest chastening for his incompetence and is probably riding Jules' Jules's coattails in the gangster business. This is all masked by his genre-standard charisma.



** A case rumoured but untrue--Marsellus didn't throw Tony Rocky Horror out a window because he massaged his wife's feet.[[note]]Actually, if you put together some of the subtle clues (Marsellus doesn't like to be fucked by anyone other than Mrs. Wallace, him telling Butch to never speak of him getting raped by Zed, the FateWorseThanDeath for Zed, and Jules' line to Brett of if he looks like a bitch), one could think that Zed might've not been the only person that raped Marsellus.[[/note]]

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** A case rumoured but untrue--Marsellus didn't throw Tony Rocky Horror out a window because he massaged his wife's feet.[[note]]Actually, if you put together some of the subtle clues (Marsellus doesn't like to be fucked by anyone other than Mrs. Wallace, him telling Butch to never speak of him getting raped by Zed, the FateWorseThanDeath for Zed, and Jules' Jules's line to Brett of if he looks like a bitch), one could think that Zed might've not been the only person that raped Marsellus.[[/note]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: Jules when he and Vincent show up at Brett's apartment. Jules comes in, acts civil and friendly, and even politely asks Brett if he can [[EnemyEatsYourLunch take a bite of his burger and a drink of his Sprite.]] Of course, throughout the entire discussion, everyone present knows that Jules and Vincent are hitmen who, at best, are here to recover the glowy thingy in the briefcase, and at worst, are here to kill them, so Jules' act of civil politeness just serves to ratchet up the tension, until Jules finally dispenses with the whole thing and breaks Brett's concentration by shooting his buddy.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Jules when he and Vincent show up at Brett's apartment. Jules comes in, acts civil and friendly, and even politely asks Brett if he can [[EnemyEatsYourLunch take a bite of his burger and a drink of his Sprite.]] Of course, throughout the entire discussion, everyone present knows that Jules and Vincent are hitmen who, at best, are here to recover the glowy thingy in the briefcase, and at worst, are here to kill them, so Jules' Jules's act of civil politeness just serves to ratchet up the tension, until Jules finally dispenses with the whole thing and breaks Brett's concentration by shooting his buddy.



* HeelRealization: The entire final part of the movie involves Jules' realization that he was, in fact, a tool used by wicked men. It's left unknown whether or not he helped Pumpkin and Honey Bunny have the same sort of realization as well.

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* HeelRealization: The entire final part of the movie involves Jules' Jules's realization that he was, in fact, a tool used by wicked men. It's left unknown whether or not he helped Pumpkin and Honey Bunny have the same sort of realization as well.



** Jules' (mis)quoting of Ezekiel 25:17

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** Jules' Jules's (mis)quoting of Ezekiel 25:17



** Vincent is never much more than a liability in whatever he's involved in. He fails to locate the hiding man in the bathroom while Jules is interrogating the others, accidentally shoots Marvin, gets into a pointless argument with Wolf, almost screws up Jules' peace negotiation with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny, and gets himself killed waiting for Butch. It's his heroin that Mia overdoses on as well, though he can hardly be blamed for leaving it in his coat.

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** Vincent is never much more than a liability in whatever he's involved in. He fails to locate the hiding man in the bathroom while Jules is interrogating the others, accidentally shoots Marvin, gets into a pointless argument with Wolf, almost screws up Jules' Jules's peace negotiation with Pumpkin and Honey Bunny, and gets himself killed waiting for Butch. It's his heroin that Mia overdoses on as well, though he can hardly be blamed for leaving it in his coat.



* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Jules' reading of Ezekiel 25:17 (which can be found on the quotes page), especially the last line. [-''"If I said it -- [[PreMortemOneLiner it meant your ass.]]"''-]

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* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Jules' Jules's reading of Ezekiel 25:17 (which can be found on the quotes page), especially the last line. [-''"If I said it -- [[PreMortemOneLiner it meant your ass.]]"''-]



* RuleOfCool: Jules' reason for reciting "scripture."

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* RuleOfCool: Jules' Jules's reason for reciting "scripture."



** Jules' expanded version of Ezekiel 25:17 directly quotes the Creator/SonnyChiba film ''Karate Kiba'' (released in the West as ''The Bodyguard''--with "and you will know my name is THE LORD" (one of the few bits actually from Ezekiel) replacing "and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard". A lot of the original speech ''is'' cannibalised from famous Biblical verses, though -- "the path of the righteous man" from Isaiah 26:7, "[my] brother's keeper" from CainAndAbel (Genesis 4:9), "through the valley of darkness" from Psalm 23, among others.

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** Jules' Jules's expanded version of Ezekiel 25:17 directly quotes the Creator/SonnyChiba film ''Karate Kiba'' (released in the West as ''The Bodyguard''--with "and you will know my name is THE LORD" (one of the few bits actually from Ezekiel) replacing "and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard". A lot of the original speech ''is'' cannibalised from famous Biblical verses, though -- "the path of the righteous man" from Isaiah 26:7, "[my] brother's keeper" from CainAndAbel (Genesis 4:9), "through the valley of darkness" from Psalm 23, among others.



** Jules' blue shirt has a monochromatic version of the current page image for ComicStrip/KrazyKat.

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** Jules' Jules's blue shirt has a monochromatic version of the current page image for ComicStrip/KrazyKat.



* WalkingTheEarth: Invoked, as Jules' retirement plan

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* WalkingTheEarth: Invoked, as Jules' Jules's retirement plan
7th Jul '16 3:45:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealMenTakeItBlack: Subverted. Winston Wolf is a badass among badasses in the Marcellus Wallace crime organization, but when Jimmy offers him a cup of coffee, he tells him he likes it with a lot of cream and sugar.
27th Jun '16 9:54:55 AM SilverDragon
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Known for its rich, eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, and mix of humor and over-the-top violence, ''Pulp Fiction'' is known as one of the best, most iconic films to come out of TheNineties. The film is also significant in launching (or at least cementing) the careers of Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Tarrantino himself, as well as the second (and usually more highly-regarded) stage of John Travolta's career. Also somewhat infamous for the controversy over proper writing credits. The Gold Watch chapter originated as an original script by Creator/RogerAvary. Tarantino bought the script with the intention of adapting it, as one would do a novel. In the final credits, Avary is given a "story by" listing.

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Known for its rich, eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, and mix of humor and over-the-top violence, ''Pulp Fiction'' is known as one of the best, most iconic films to come out of TheNineties. The film is also significant in launching (or at least cementing) the careers of Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Tarrantino Tarantino himself, as well as the second (and usually more highly-regarded) stage of John Travolta's career. Also somewhat infamous for the controversy over proper writing credits. The Gold Watch chapter originated as an original script by Creator/RogerAvary. Tarantino bought the script with the intention of adapting it, as one would do a novel. In the final credits, Avary is given a "story by" listing.
27th Jun '16 9:51:08 AM arsepoetica
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Known for its rich, eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, and mix of humor and over-the-top violence, ''Pulp Fiction'' is known as one of the best, most iconic films to come out of TheNineties. Also somewhat infamous for the controversy over proper writing credits. The Gold Watch chapter originated as an original script by Creator/RogerAvary. Tarantino bought the script with the intention of adapting it, as one would do a novel. In the final credits, Avary is given a "story by" listing.

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Known for its rich, eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, and mix of humor and over-the-top violence, ''Pulp Fiction'' is known as one of the best, most iconic films to come out of TheNineties. The film is also significant in launching (or at least cementing) the careers of Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Tarrantino himself, as well as the second (and usually more highly-regarded) stage of John Travolta's career. Also somewhat infamous for the controversy over proper writing credits. The Gold Watch chapter originated as an original script by Creator/RogerAvary. Tarantino bought the script with the intention of adapting it, as one would do a novel. In the final credits, Avary is given a "story by" listing.
17th Jun '16 12:16:09 AM mlsmithca
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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome: Jules and Butch exiting the diner as badasses while wearing trashy workout attire, holstering their firearms in the elastic bands of their gym shorts.
15th Jun '16 8:59:46 AM SilverDragon
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** When Butch and Esmerelda are in the cab, ther eis an obvious green screen behind them showing stock footage of a black and white film. It was made to hark back to the golden days of cinema.

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** When Butch and Esmerelda are in the cab, ther eis there is an obvious green screen behind them showing stock footage of a black and white film. It was made to hark back to the golden days of cinema.
11th Jun '16 6:52:45 AM AP
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* AudibleSharpness: The katana.

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* AudibleSharpness: The katana.katana Butch grabs at the pawn shop makes these sounds.



* DirtyCop: Zed.

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* DirtyCop: Zed.Zed is a deputy sheriff as well as a murderer and rapist.



* {{Gorn}}

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* {{Gorn}}{{Gorn}}: There is not a lot of violence in the movie, but when it occurs, there will be sprays of blood. One of the more famous examples is when Marvin is shot in the face by accident and the car, Vincent, and Jules are covered in blood and bits of brain. You can see chunks of flesh in the characters' hair in the next few scenes before they finally get the chance to hose off.



* HyperlinkStory

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* HyperlinkStoryHyperlinkStory: All the stories intertwine with one another.



* PunkInTheTrunk

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* PunkInTheTrunkPunkInTheTrunk: After they kill Marvin by accident, Jules and Vincent toss his dead body in the trunk. They don't feel too bad as he was just a mole and, according to Winston, "no one who will be missed".



* RapeAsDrama

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* RapeAsDramaRapeAsDrama: Marsellus is raped by Zed.



* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Marsellus.

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* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Marsellus.Marsellus forgives Butch and allows him to leave after being raped.



* RealMenHateSugar: Averted. Winston Wolf is an integral part of the mob, often called to solve any "problems" that arise, is a legend in the organization, and constantly commands respect even from hardened hitmen. When he orders coffee from Jimmy, he asks for "lots of cream and lots of sugar". No one bats an eye.



* ReferenceOverdosed: The TropeCodifier.

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* ReferenceOverdosed: The TropeCodifier. Tarantino has tons of pop culture references in every scene, often in the background or in random bits of dialogue,



* ScaryBlackMan: Jules and Marsellus.

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* ScaryBlackMan: Jules and Marsellus. Jules is a hitman and Marsellus is a mob boss. Both have violent tempers.



* SeinfeldianConversation: A Tarantino staple.

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* SeinfeldianConversation: A Tarantino staple. One of the most famous conversations involves the intimacy of a foot massage.



** When Butch and Esmerelda are in the cab, ther eis an obvious green screen behind them showing stock footage of a black and white film. It was made to hark back to the golden days of cinema.



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jules and Vincent.

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Jules and Vincent.Vincent are hitmen partners and the main characters.



* TrunkShot

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* TrunkShotTrunkShot: Shown when Jules and Vincent get their guns from their car.
4th May '16 3:03:22 AM alchixinren
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* StylisticSuck: The poster has weathered edges to better resemble a battered old pulp magazine.

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* StylisticSuck: StylisticSuck:
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The poster has weathered edges to better resemble a battered old pulp magazine.magazine.
** Mia and Vincent's dancing.
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