L-R Tarantino, Roth — ABC/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) — Monday marks the 25th anniversary of the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction, arguably one of the most imitated and quoted movies of the last 50 years.
The 1994 film — which featured intersecting storylines involving a pair of hitmen, a gangster’s wife, a boxer and other assorted characters — breathed new life into John Travolta’s career, inspired a new generation of filmmakers, and, like Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs before it, led to a legion of cinematic imitators.
Travolta, as hitman Vincent Vega, famously dances in the film with Uma Thurman, who plays Mia Wallace, a mobster’s wife, who later takes a needle of adrenaline to the heart to reverse an overdose. Samuel L. Jackson plays Jules Winnfield, Vega’s Bible-quoting hitman partner. Both Vega and Winnfield work for Ving Rhames’ crime boss Marsellus Wallace, while Bruce Willis plays fighter Butch Coolidge, who runs afoul of the gangster.
Their co-stars included Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer and Christopher Walken.
Reportedly made for $8 million, Pulp Fiction grossed more than $107.9 million domestically and $213.9 million worldwide. It was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Tarantino. Travolta, Jackson, and Thurman were also nominated for their performances. The film won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Tarantino and co-writer Roger Avary.
The Pulp Fiction soundtrack was a hit, to boot, thanks in part to Dick Dale & His Del-Tones’ rendition of “Misirlou,” which played during the opening credits of the movie, along with Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie.”
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