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  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Samuel L. Jackson's idea to give Ordell the long hair and the braided goatee.
  • Approval of God: Elmore Leonard named this as one of his favorite adaptations of his novels.
  • Career Resurrection: The film revitalized the careers of both Pam Grier and Robert Forster.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Robert de Niro originally wanted to play Max Cherry.
  • Creator's Oddball: This is Tarantino's only direct adaptation, so it has a lot more of another storyteller's DNA in it. As such, it's usually either at the top or bottom of people's Tarantino lists.
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    • Extended scene with Jackie/Sheronda in the mall's food court.
    • Extended scene with Jackie and Ray in the diner.
    • A scene where Louis and Ordell walk into the Cockatoo.
    • A scene where Jackie is discussing with Max how to set up Ordell.
    • An alternate "for your eyes only" scene.
    • Alternate opening credits sequence.
  • Hostility on the Set: Robert de Niro and Quentin Tarantino reportedly didn't get along onset, which is obviously why DeNiro didn't join Tarantino's Production Posse.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • Several people use pagers, a technology that has effectively vanished in favor of cell phones.
    • Max leaves a message on an answering machine, a dwindling piece of technology.
  • Throw It In!: Though he largely refrained out of respect for Tarantino, Beaumont's line about being caught off-guard was improvised by Chris Tucker.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Jackie shown to be old-school and little cash-strapped because she hasn't updated her musical collection from records to compact disks. Max asks why she hasn't jumped into the CD revolution. Nowadays, even CDs are old-fashioned. Max himself buys a cassette tape of the Delfonics and listens to it in his car. You can't even buy cars with cassette players anymore.
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    • There's a Running Gag that Ordell insists that Melanie answer the house phone even though every call is for him. Nowadays, this argument wouldn't occur because everyone would call Ordell's cell phone directly.
    • Max gives his phone numbers without including the area code. In a few years, dialing an area code would become necessary even when making local calls, so it's become customary to always include them.
    • One scene in which Jackie wears overalls pegs the film as being mid-90s, when overalls became a brief fashion fad.
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