* ActorAllusion:
** We've certainly seen Creator/JohnTravolta dancing in a couple of movies... (''Film/SaturdayNightFever'', ''Film/{{Grease}}'') ... as well as winning a dancing contest prize he didn't entirely deserve.
** During a deleted scene, Mia says "The girl in the [[Film/EvenCowgirlsGetTheBlues cowboy hat]], that's me."
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
** AFIS100Years100Movies: #95
** AFIS100Years100Thrills: #53
** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #94
** AFIS10Top10: #7, Gangster
* AllStarCast: With Creator/TimRoth, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/UmaThurman, Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/ChristopherWalken, Creator/HarveyKeitel, Creator/VingRhames, Creator/PhilLaMarr and Tarantino himself. It comes across moreso years later because it was a career resurrection or star-making role for several of its cast members.
* BreakthroughHit: Creator/QuentinTarantino's first big hit as a director.
* CareerResurrection: The film put Creator/JohnTravolta back on the A-list.
* TheDanza: Paul Calderón plays Paul.
* DoingItForTheArt: This was one of several movies in the 1990s in which Creator/BruceWillis took a paycut to work in an independent film.
* FakeNationality: Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros plays a French character (and, comically, in the Spanish-language dub of ''Pulp Fiction'' she is incapable of speaking Portuguese rather than Spanish).
* RealLifeRelative: The man who burst from the bathroom in Brett's apartment was played by the then-named Robert Arquette (whose sister, Creator/RosannaArquette, played Jody). However she is listed in the credits as Alexis Arquette, the name she later adopted after coming out as a transgender woman.
* TheRedStapler: The [=UC=] Santa Cruz Banana Slugs T-shirt that Vincent wears became a hot seller after appearing in the movie.
* SerendipityWritesThePlot: Many people believe that the band-aid on Creator/VingRhames' neck was an intentional choice by the filmmakers. In reality, it came from an accident Rhames had while shaving his head. When Creator/QuentinTarantino noticed this, it inspired him to open the "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace" sequence with a close-up of the band-aid instead. Ultimately Tarantino liked showing the band-aid rather than Rhames' face because it accentuated the character's mercurial nature and was more visually exciting than a series of single shots of Rhames and Creator/BruceWillis.
* ShrugOfGod: Creator/QuentinTarantino's explanation for what's in the briefcase:
--> "It's whatever the audience wants it to be".
* StarMakingRole: For Creator/SamuelLJackson, Creator/VingRhames and Creator/UmaThurman.
* ThrowItIn:
** Creator/QuentinTarantino originally wanted Jules to have an actual afro, but the wig wrangler got a jheri curl wig by mistake. Creator/SamuelLJackson thought it was perfect for the character and insisted they keep it.
** The scene with [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace Marvin shot in the face]] was also going to be played out differently. It wasn't until a suggestion from [=LaMarr=] to Tarantino that the scene was changed to be what happened in the film.
** Creator/JohnTravolta ad-libbed the line "That's a pretty good question" after Creator/UmaThurman asks why it's necessary to talk about bullshit.
** Jules flipping the table over in the beginning was improvised by Creator/SamuelLJackson and Frank Whaley's reaction was genuine, but they continued with the scene, and it was done in one take.
* UrbanLegendOfZelda: There's been this popular conception that had been awhile since the film premiered that all clocks in the film are stuck at 4:20. While the events of the film had an ExtremelyShortTimespan, there's only one scene that ran around 4:20, the pawnshop.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Mainly if you consider the initial casting choices.
** Vincent Vega: Creator/DanielDayLewis actively campaigned for the part, but Tarantino turned him down. He initially wanted Creator/MichaelMadsen to play the goofy hitman, but the latter chose to pursue another project instead (a decision he later regretted). Now just imagine Vincent being played by those two instead of Creator/JohnTravolta...
** Jules Winnfield: ''The'' quintessential Creator/SamuelLJackson role, but he almost lost this part to Paul Calderón. He eventually kept it, with Calderón playing [[TheDanza Paul]] (Marsellus's right-hand man) instead.
** Mia Wallace: Creator/MichellePfeiffer (Tarantino's favourite choice before Creator/UmaThurman), Daryl Hannah, Creator/MegRyan, Creator/JoanCusack, Creator/IsabellaRossellini and Creator/HalleBerry were considered. Julia-Louise Dreyfuss turned it down due to her commitment to ''Series/Seinfeld''.
** Ringo: Creator/JohnnyDepp or Creator/ChristianSlater could have taken Creator/TimRoth's part, but unlike Jules or Vincent it was always a fat chance.
** Lance/Jody: According to Music/CourtneyLove, she and [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] were specifically offered the role. Apparently (and unfortunately), Cobain turned it down. Depending on what article you read, Tarantino denies this. Creator/PamGrier auditioned for Jody. Though she had a great audition, Tarantino decided not to cast her because he could not imagine Grier getting pushed around the way the character does.
** Jimmie: Tarantino had written the role with Creator/SteveBuscemi in mind but Buscemi had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Tarantino himself ended up filling the role and Buscemi was given a cameo appearance as the Music/BuddyHolly waiter at Jack-Rabbit Slims.
** Butch was written for Creator/MickeyRourke. Rourke turned the role down, since the script was too "out there" and he hadn't seen ''Reservoir Dogs'' yet. He has called the decision to pass as the biggest regret of his career. Tarantino next offered the role to Creator/BruceWillis, who was a long shot, as he was still a big-money, A-list star at that point. Creator/SylvesterStallone was also considered.
** Several TriStar executives favoured Creator/GaryOldman for the role of Lance, based on his portrayal of a similar character in the Tarantino-written ''Film/TrueRomance''.
** Outside of casting, Marvin's death was originally very different: Vincent's wayward shot was originally supposed to hit Marvin in the neck, after which Vincent mercy-kills him. The scene was deemed too depressing by Tarantino, and he altered the scene to the more comedic version seen in the movie.
** Tarantino had originally intended "My Sharona" by Music/TheKnack to be played during the Gimp torture sequence, but the rights had already been licensed to another film, ''Film/RealityBites''. On top of this, one of the members of the band had become a born again Christian, and did not want the song to be associated with a scene of sexual violence.
* WordOfGod: Creator/QuentinTarantino was quoted as saying that Butch is responsible for keying Vincent's car.
* ''Pulp Fiction'' was the very first film Miramax financed with new distribution partner Creator/{{Disney}}, after studio chiefs there sealed a deal in 1992; this began a 10-year long relationship between the two studios.
* ''Pulp Fiction'' is also on Creator/RogerEbert's [[RogerEbertGreatMoviesList Great Movies List.]]