Pulp Fiction (1994)
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Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames
Pulp Fiction ranked # 95 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Pulp Fiction is an Oscar-winning 1994 film directed by Quentin Tarantino who also co-wrote the screenplay with Roger Avary. It caused a sensation upon its release and continues to have an impact on film-making to this day.
The film's idiosyncratic characteristics include fragmented storyline, eclectic dialogue, ironic and campy influences, unorthodox camerawork, and numerous pop culture references.
Tarantino and Avary won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and the film was nominated for seven Oscars in total, including Best Picture. It also took home the Palme d'Or at the Festival de Cannes.
The plot, in keeping with most other Tarantino works, runs in nonlinear order. The unconventional structure of the movie is an example of a so-called postmodernist film. The film's title refers to the pulp magazines popular during the mid-20th century, known for their strongly graphic nature.
The film had an impact on the careers of its cast members. It provided a breakthough role for Samuel L. Jackson, previously a supporting actor who became an international star in a part Tarantino wrote especially for him.
It revived the fortunes of John Travolta who was going through something of a career slump at the time, and allowed Bruce Willis to move away from the action hero reputation he had gained through films such as Die Hard.
It raised the profile of Uma Thurman and led to greater recognition for character actors such as Ving Rhames and Harvey Keitel. Eric Stoltz was also acclaimed for his role as Lance.
Big Kahuna Burgers and Red Apple Cigarettes are trademarks of Quentin Tarantino films, such as Reservoir Dogs, From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill.
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