Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character.Plot:
A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Cast & Crew
Samuel L. Jackson
Maria de Medeiros
Tatiana S. Riegel
Fun Facts of Movie
- Mr. Blonde, a.k.a. Vic Vega, played by Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs (1992), is the brother of Vincent Vega. Quentin Tarantino even had a spin-off film in development, titled “Double V Vega”, which was a prequel to both movies. This film was scrapped, because both actors were too old to play younger versions of themselves.
- The movie cost only $8 million to make. The initial budget was reportedly even lower until Bruce Willis was added to the cast (he had a recent string of domestic flops but was still a box-office draw overseas). $5 million went to pay the actors’ and actresses’ salaries. The film was already profitable when its worldwide rights were sold for $11 million (again, mainly on the strength of Willis’ presence). It went on to gross over $200 million at the box office.
- Uma Thurman originally turned down the role of Mia Wallace. Quentin Tarantino was so desperate to have her as Mia, he ended up reading her the script over the phone, finally convincing her to take on the role.
- The word “fuck” is used two hundred sixty-five times.
- In the diner, when Mia orders her five dollar shake, Buddy Holly (the waiter, Steve Buscemi) asks her if she wants it “Martin and Lewis or Amos and Andy?” He is referring to two comedy duos, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, two white men; The Amos ‘n Andy Show (1951), two black men. Basically, he is asking her if she wants a vanilla shake or a chocolate shake. She has vanilla.
- Uma Thurman did not actually like the song that was played in the Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest (Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell”), and she told Quentin Tarantino about this, saying it just did not sound right. Tarantino simply replied, “Trust me, it’s perfect.”
- Part of the dance that Vince (John Travolta) and Mia (Uma Thurman) perform at Jack Rabbit Slim’s was copied, movement by movement, from the dance performed early in Fellini‘s classic 8½ (1963) by Gloria Morin (Barbara Steele) and Mario Mezzabotta (Mario Pisu).
- This movie and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) opened on the same date, October 14, 1994. Both were nominated for seven Academy Awards, with this movie winning for Best Original Screenplay. Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are listed in the top ten in IMDb’s top 250 movies.
- Jules flipping the table over in the beginning was improvised by Samuel L. Jackson, and Frank Whaley’s reaction was genuine, but they continued with the scene, and that particular shot was done in one take.
Jules was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs, and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on and Tarantino liked it, so it was kept.
- Quentin Tarantino wrote the role of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however, it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role, as Paul.
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