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Posted on September 10, 2014 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Can you believe Pulp Fiction is twenty whole years old? September 23rd marks twenty years since Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar winning classic first went on general release in the US. To celebrate, here are some things you might not know about this fabulous film:

  • Remember the bible verse that Samuel L Jackson’s character recites before shooting anyone? In the movie he tells people it’s Ezekiel 25:17 but if you check your bible, you will find that it is actually a fabrication, adapted from various biblical verses. The final section, And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee does come from Ezekiel more or less, but not word for word!pulp_fiction_samuel_l_jackson
  • The scene where Mia has overdosed and Vincent Vega has to plunge a syringe into her chest was actually filmed backwards, with John Travolta pulling the needle out!
  • Much of the film’s action revolves around trips to the bathroom: as Jules and Vincent (Jackson and Travolta) confront Brett and his friends at the beginning, their friend is hiding in the bathroom. At Jack Rabbit Slim’s Mia goes to the bathroom to “powder her nose,” and there is an extended scene involving Butch and Fabienne where he is in the shower, and she is brushing her teeth. Along with this, every time Vincent goes to the bathroom, something bad happens and he returns to a dramatic, life-threatening situation: at the diner, an armed robbery takes place while Vincent is in the bathroom; when he takes Mia home he goes to the bathroom and she snorts his drugs, resulting in an overdose; finally, during the stakeout at Butch’s apartment, Vincent returns from the bathroom and is shot.
  • Talking of bathrooms, the man who bursts out of the bathroom in Brett’s apartment is played by Robert Arquette. He appears in the credits as Alexis Arquette though, as he later adopted this name after a sex change.
  • The part of Jules was written especially for Samuel L Jackson, after he unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in Reservoir Dogs.
  •  Mia and Vincent did not win the trophy at Jack Rabbit Slim’s dance contest; they stole it. If you watch the scene where Butch is sneaking back to his apartment very carefully, you can hear a news story on his neighbour’s TV about it.
  • What is in Marcellus Wallace’s briefcase? The truth is, nobody knows – not even the men who wrote the movie. Originally, it was going to be diamonds but they thought that was unoriginal so it was decided to just never have the contents shown on screen, and the viewer could make up their own mind.
  • The movie cost $8 million to make – a bargain by today’s standards! $5 million of that money paid actors’ salaries!
  • Steve Buscemi was originally meant to play Jimmie but had to refuse due to other filming commitments. Instead, he has a cameo as the Buddy Holly water at Jack Rabbit Slim’s and Tarantino played Jimmie.
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