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YMMV: Pulp Fiction
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some fans theorize that Vincent and Mia actually lost the dance contest, but stole the trophy anyway.
  • Award Snub:
    • Come Oscar time, Pulp Fiction was nominated for 7 Awards but only won for Best Screenplay (Original). It lost Best Picture to Forrest Gump and also was up against The Shawshank Redemption, and there's been debate over which movie deserved the Oscars ever since.
    • Subverted with the Cannes Festival, however, where it was awarded the Palme d'Or by a jury headed by Clint Eastwood, no less, to the shock of many film critics. This led to a hilariously awesome trailer starting with a deep, portentous announcer talking about how it's the winner of the Palme d'Or, before a pair of bullets interrupt him and the real trailer starts.
    • Unrelated to Forrest Gump, many would say that Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman could've made very deserving winners in the supporting categories, yet they lost to Martin Landau (for Ed Wood) and Dianne Wiest (for Bullets Over Broadway), respectively. Certainly up to debate, though, especially in Jackson's case, as Landau — aside from being a film/TV veteran — was seen as giving a tour-de-force performance as Bela Legosi.
  • Awesome Music: The soundtrack
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "Man, I just shot Marvin in the face."
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: How much divinity is involved in the film's events is a frequent matter of debate. Jules himself believes he was part of a Divine Intervention. A lot of people also like to argue about Marsellus Wallace, that he is the Anti Christ because he has a band-aid on the back of his head which is supposedly covering up a 666, which is also the number needed to open up his briefcase. And the question of what, exactly, is in that suitcase. One such suggestion? Marsellus Wallace's soul.
  • Fanon:
  • Faux Symbolism: Lampshaded. In fact, according to Cracked's website, Jules' life is based on the life of St. Moses the Black.
  • Fountain of Memes: This film has one of the highest quotability quotients of all time.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The truckload of pop culture references and Shout Outs.
    • If you know that The Wolf's car is a two-seater, you'll know that he didn't refuse to drop Vincent and Jules off because they live too far away. He never meant it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It's hard not to laugh at Christopher Walken's cameo when you think about his past role in The Deer Hunter.
    • Jules saying that only "one charming motherfuckin' pig" would cease to be filthy, given Babe came out one year later.
  • Memetic Mutation: The film spawned many memes that were especially popular in the 90's.
    • "What?" "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it!?"
    • to get medieval on something
    • "My (anything you want) is the one that says "Bad Motherfucker" on it."
    • (Christopher Walken imitation) "I hid this uncomfortable hunk of metal — up my ass..."
    • "This IS a tasty burger!"
    • "Say 'what' again!" This quote has recently become a popular image macro on the Internet of Jules wielding his gun with the caption "Say X again! I dare you! I double dare you, motherfucker!" Usually used to express annoyance at someone saying or doing something ad nauseam.
    • The dance. Done onstage by Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter on their '95 tour, during the bridge of "Jackson".
    • "Does he look like a bitch?" Bonus points when the game ''Guess Who'' is involved.
    • "Bring out the Gimp!" Actually, a lot of people first found out what a gimp was from Pulp Fiction.
  • Older Than They Think: Jules's "Biblical" quote is actually based on the one used in the U.S. version of Karate Kiba (The Bodyguard) by Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Harvey Keitel's The Wolf.
    • Christopher Walken's Captain Koons.
    • Esmarelda Villalobos.
    • Zed.
    • The waiter impersonating Buddy Holly at Jack Rabbit Slim's - largely because he's the only "celebrity server" who doesn't seem to give a damn about staying in character.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Phil LaMarr was about a year away from Mad TV (in which he obligingly reprised his role as Marvin for a sketch). He also went on to a successful voice-acting career.
  • Signature Scene: Jules yelling at Brett. Nearly every line from that is a meme in some way.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • There is no muzzle flash when Jules shoots Brett's housemate in the beginning of the movie.
    • When Butch hits Marsellus with his car, Marsellus' body disappears off the windshield when Butch gets hit by another car.

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