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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • The woman Mr. Orange shoots is Tim Roth's dialect coach Suzanne Celeste. Roth insisted that she take the role, as she was very hard on him.
    • The suit Harvey Keitel wore was his own. It had been a specially-made gift from French Designer Agnès B.
  • Banned in China: It's illegal to own a copy and/or import the video game in New Zealand. Australia also banned it.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For Quentin Tarantino.
  • Cast the Expert: Mr. Blue, a member of the gang who only shows up in two scenes is played by Eddie Bunker, a real life former criminal and convicted felon before he went into acting and writing crime fiction and, despite his criminal impulses remaining in his twilight years, was able to retire from a life of crime based solely on the profits he made in crime fiction.
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  • Cast the Runner-Up: Steve Buscemi auditioned for Mr. White and Nice Guy Eddie. He was also offered Mr. Orange. Michael Madsen auditioned for Mr. Pink.
  • Creator Backlash: Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue's actor) said in an interview that the heist crew eating in a public diner wearing the suits they intend to wear while carrying out a robbery and working with people you don't know and are unable to trust were bad ideas.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Two alternate angles of the ear-slicing scene, one of which is more graphic.
    • A lengthy sequence concerning a background check on Mr. White (whose full name is revealed to be Lawrence Dimick). This sequence also features a female speaking part (there are none in the theatrical release) played by Nina Siemaszko.
    • A car scene featuring Mr. White, Mr. Pink, and Nice Guy Eddie after they leave Mr. Blonde with the cop and Mr. Orange.
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    • Freddie (Mr. Orange) and his partner discuss in more detail the semantics of the undercover operation.
  • Descended Creator: Quentin Tarantino as Mister Brown. He originally wrote the role of Mister Pink for himself.
  • Fake American: The very British Tim Roth plays an American.
  • Fan Nickname: The heist crew are lovingly called "The Reservoir Dogs" or "The Dogs" by fans
  • Hostility on the Set: Lawrence Tierney didn't make any friends onset due to his difficult personality. He would often provoke Quentin Tarantino and his younger castmembers, almost getting into a fight with Michael Madsen. According to Steve Buscemi in a podcast interview, everyone had a difficult time with Tierney because he was easily distracted and kept forgetting his lines. Tarantino and everyone else were so upset with him that he fired Lawrence on the third day of filming.
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  • Method Acting: According to an interview on the DVD, Michael Madsen says that Kirk Baltz asked to ride in his trunk to experience what it was really like. Madsen agreed, but decided as he went along that this was time for his own character development. So he drove down a long alley with potholes, and then a Taco Bell drive-through before taking Baltz back to the parking lot and letting him out. The soda he ordered at said drive-through is the same one he can be seen drinking during his character's first appearance in the warehouse.
  • No Budget:
    • Originally planned to be shot for just $30,000 until Harvey Keitel saw the script and came on as Mr. White & the executive producer, which increased the budget to $1.2 million.
    • The film's budget was so low that many of the actors simply used their own clothing as wardrobe; most notably Chris Penn's track jacket. The signature black suits were provided for free by the designer, based on her love for the American crime film genre. Steve Buscemi wore his own black jeans instead of suit pants.
    • The budget didn't stretch to obtaining police assistance for traffic control so in the scene where Mr. Pink forces a woman out of her car and drives off in it, he could only do so when the traffic lights were green.
    • Mr. Blonde's Cadillac Coupe de Ville actually belonged to Michael Madsen because the budget wasn't big enough to buy a car for the character.
  • Reality Subtext: Note in the opening scene when the gang are discussing Madonna, Nice Guy Eddie keeps out of the discussion. His actor, Chris Penn, deferred from saying anything on screen about his former sister-in-law.
  • Role Reprise: Micheal Madsen returns to play Mr. Blonde in the video game and is the only one of the orginal cast to do so.
  • Star-Making Role: Steve Buscemi had some good performances under his belt, but this was the point where most people learned who he was. Ditto for Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Everything after Mr. Blonde cuts off the ear was ad-libbed by Michael Madsen.
    • In his Hot Fuzz commentary with Edgar Wright, Tarantino reveals the gesture Mr. Brown makes at the end of the opening scene is not from the character at all, but Tarantino the director, telling everyone to just leave after finally getting a good take out of Lawrence Tierney.
    • Chris Penn’s squib was accidentally triggered early in the Mexican Standoff and so he dropped at the same time as the other two. Tarantino liked the effect and kept it in despite not really making much sense.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Quentin Tarantino was originally just going to write and act in the film — the person he actually wanted to direct was Monte Hellman, who had directed some cult films way back in the '60s and '70s, but was way past the best of his career by that stage - his last film had been the abysmally poor Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out!, for perspective. A Hellman-directed version of Reservoir Dogs might not have been a total disaster, but it's hard to see it being anywhere near as good as what we ended up with. Fortunately, Tarantino eventually summoned up the courage to direct the film himself.
    • Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the role of Mr. White, and then for Freddy's contact/handler — being cast as Jules Winfield was a favor for not getting either part. One would expect that the naming scene would have included some objections over a black man getting the name Mr. White.
    • Tarantino wanted James Woods to act in the film, but Woods' agent turned it down... without consulting Woods himself, for which he was fired. It's not clear which role Tarantino had in mind, though most fans suspect it was Mr. Orange.
    • David Duchovny auditioned as well. According to Duchovny, Tarantino told him "I like what you do, I just don't know if I want you to do it in my movie."
    • George Clooney read for the role of Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega but was turned down. Matt Dillon and Christopher Walken refused the same role.
    • Tarantino was considering using "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet as an alternate song for the "ear" scene.
    • The first draft script called for Pink Floyd's "Money" where "Little Green Bag" is now. It was later changed because Tarantino heard "Little Green Bag" over the radio and became extremely nostalgic.
    • In the script, it was Mr. White who doesn't tip, not Mr. Pink. Also, it was Mr. Pink who had the first lines about "Like a Virgin." This was when Tarantino still intended to play Mr. Pink himself.
    • Viggo Mortensen auditioned for a role. He read the part as a hispanic character for a take where he was performed against Harvey Keitel. More than twenty years later Quentin offered him a role in The Hateful Eight, but Viggo couldn't commit due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Dennis Hopper was offered the role of Mr Pink by Tarantino and Keitel, but he was unavailable. Jon Cryer was offered the role, but he turned it down. He admitted that he did not understand the script, and would not have gotten the part. Tom Sizemore was also considered.
    • Nicolas Cage was considered for Nice Guy Eddie.
    • Robert Forster was considered for Joe Cabot.
    • Ving Rhames was considered for Holdaway.
    • In the script, the wounded Mr. Orange is laid down on a mattress, instead of on the wooden ramp in the warehouse.
  • Word of God: Quentin Tarantino says that the briefcase from Pulp Fiction was originally supposed to have contained a cache of diamonds before Tarantino decided that keeping the contents of the briefcase ambiguous made it more interesting. Since Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs take place in the same universe (Vic and Vincent Vega, major characters in both films, are brothers), it's been theorized that the briefcases in both films are actually the same briefcase, which would mean that someone in the criminal underworld sold the diamonds to Brett and his gang before the police could return them to their rightful owners.


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