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Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director:
Quentin Tarantino
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Action/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Pulp Fiction
RUNNING TIME
155 minutes
Producer:
Lawrence Bender
Screenwriter (from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary):
Quentin Tarantino


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Vincent Vega John Travolta
Jules Winnfield Samuel L. Jackson
Mia Wallace Uma Thurman
The Wolf Harvey Keitel
Pumpkin Tim Roth
Honey Bunny Amanda Plummer
Fabienne Maria de Medeiros
Marsellus Wallace Ving Rhames
Lance Eric Stoltz
Jody Roasanna Arquette
Captain Koons Christopher Walken
Butch Coolidge Bruce Willis
Jimmie Quentin Tarantino
Surly Buddy Holly Waiter Steve Buscemi
Brett Frank Whaley
Fourth Man Alexis Arquette
Paul Paul Calderon

 

Review

Seven sequences, a few more scenes, an inventive and juicy unchronological order, and a fresh and spicy dialogue that took on a new level of realism in the midst of this otherwise exaggerated reality that was all it took for Quentin Tarantino to elevate his status from one of Hollywood's most promising newcomers (after his debut Reservoir Dogs) to one of the greatest new American directors since Orson Welles. 25 years on, Pulp Fiction stands the test of time without breaking a sweat, and it probably always will. One of the reasons is that it is not set in any specific period or location; it creates its own universe based upon an (un)idealized version of L.A. Another reason is that it deals with timeless movie issues, if not necessarily life issues, with which Tarantino toys with utmost skill and playfulness. There is a crudeness to it all, too, but it's a nave, curious crudeness, not an exploitative one. And Tarantino is not out to trick anyone; he's in love with his material. Or more correctly, he's in love with what inspired his material. He's a movie aficionado at work, and in full bloom, who manages not only to pay tribute to the medium he so clearly worships, but also to advance the medium and create and tell stories that are unique, irresistable and transcending. With an ensemble cast that included many performers who were given a career boost by this movie, not least a vigorous John Travolta who went back from the B-list to the A-list.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 06.06.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 04.09.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang