Pulp Fiction Turns 20

Twenty facts on Quentin Tarantino’s ultimate love letter to Hollywood, Pulp Fiction. Photo Courtesy: Miramax Films
Twenty facts on Quentin Tarantino’s ultimate love letter to Hollywood, Pulp Fiction. Photo Courtesy: Miramax Films

1) The F-Bomb made 265 appearances in the film – Quentin gives lots of Fucks.

2) Miramax forgot to get the licensing rights for the first batch of movie posters (Uma Thurman smoking Lucky Stripes cigarettes next to the book The Harlot and the Heart). Lucky Stripe threatened legal action and the posters were scrapped, thus making them collector’s items.

3) While Jules’ righteous execution speech pulls from Ezekiel 25:17, the only part that is actually from Ezekiel, “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.” The rest is all QT’s doing.

4) All but one clock in the entire film is set to 4:20.

5) The actor, who played the manager in the diner is credited in the film only as “Coffee Shop.” The editors had a bit of fun with it because his line gets cut off before he can finish. We only hear him say, “I’m not a hero, I’m just a coffee shop—”

6) The dance trophy that Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) “won” was actually reported stolen later on in the film.

7) Vincent’s ’64 Chevelle Malibu was QT’s personal car. The sweet ride was stolen during production and wasn’t recovered until 2013 when cops caught two teenagers stripping it.

8) Butch’s (Bruce Willis) girlfriend’s Honda Civic also makes appearances in QT’s films, Jackie Brown and Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

9) The iconic Band Aid on the back of Marcellus Wallace’s (Ving Rhames) head wasn’t supposed to be part of the film. Rhames cut himself shaving his head and QT thought the bandage made Wallace appear more “mercurial.”

10) When John Travolta showed up to Tarantino’s apartment to discuss the role, he was surprised to find out it was the exact apartment he had lived in when he moved to Hollywood 20 years earlier.

11) Tarantino had to convince Uma Thurman to play the role of Mia Wallace, which she originally turned down, by reading her the script over the phone.

12) Restaurant bandit “Honey Bunny’s” name was the name of Linda Chen, the woman who typed up QT’s handwritten screenplay, pet rabbit. She asked Tarantino to watch the critter while she went on location, he didn’t and the rabbit died. Long story short he named the character after the dead rabbit.

13) Vincent says his convertible Chevelle Malibu, which was kept in storage while he was on vacation in Amsterdam, was keyed by some “dickless piece of shit.” Tarantino has since stated that Butch is responsible for keying Vincent’s car.

14) In the scenes where Tarantino is playing the role of Jimmy Dimmick, the film is being directed by Robert Rodriguez. He would go on to collaborate with QT many times including directing From Dusk Till Dawn, Grindhouse, and Machete.

15) Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned for the role of Mia, but ultimately pulled out because of her commitment to the sitcom.

16) Mia Wallace’s failed television pilot, Fox Force Five, closely paralleled Tarantino’s Kill Bill characters. Don’t believe us? Google it.

17) Vincent’s famous line, “Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face” did not appear in the screenplay and was improvised by Travolta.

18) The “Gimp” served as inspiration for the Stig on the high-octane car show on the BBC, Top Gear.

19) Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi, a Reservoir Dogs alum, played the waiter in the Jack Rabbit Slim scene.

20) Jule’s wallet, the now infamous Bad-Mother Fucker, actually belonged to QT and he told Samuel L. Jackson to use it for that famous Pulp Fiction scene.

BONUS: What’s in the briefcase you ask? Well, QT wanted the contents of the case to be whatever the viewer imagined, but in actuality it was two batteries and a light bulb. The plot device is called a MacGuffin.