Corrected entry: If you pause when you see Marvin dead in the trunk, you can see what looks like a bullet hole in his neck, not anywhere on his face, but, right after it happened, Vincent said he shot Marvin in the face.
Correction: Not allowable due to having to pause, but here's the explanation: while not easily visible in the film, there is an entry hole in the upper right portion of Marvin's forehead. There is also a bullet hole in his neck. In the original script, Jules accidentally shoots Marvin in the neck first, which doesn't immediately kill him. Jules then shoots him in the head to put him out of his misery. This was changed because Tarantino and Travolta felt it would turn the audience against Jules. So they rewrote it to one accidental shot that killed him immediately. They used a dummy with an exploding head for that scene, and also used the dummy in the trunk scene. The trunk scene was shot first and the dummy had two bullet holes: head and neck. When the scene was re-written, the earlier trunk scene was not re-shot.
Corrected entry: When Vincent and Mia are in Jack Rabbit Slim's, he hands her a rolled cigarette and lights it for her. After a few seconds, we see him rolling another for himself. In less than five seconds, he is smoking it without having lit it.
Correction: You can hear Vincent Vega's zippo as the camera cuts to Mia.
Corrected entry: When Samuel L. Jackson is talking with Tim Roth (who is holding a gun on Jackson) at the restaurant we see a closeup under the table of Jackson taking out his 9mm gun with his right hand. But moments later he takes the briefcase with the same right hand and places it on the table between them. Then seconds later Jackson pulls Roth's gun arm down with his left hand and toward him, pinning it for a moment - while at the same time Jackson suddenly pulls out from under the table *his* 9mm gun. Does he have three arms like the alien from Venus in the famous "Twilight Zone" diner episode? If he had placed it down on the seat to his right, wouldn't HoneyBunny standing over them a few feet away have seen it? If it was on the floor, he didn't reach down nearly enough to retrieve it. If it were in his shorts (as he placed it while walking out of the diner with Travolta a few minutes later) he would have had to reach down while sitting, pull it up and out and by that time, Roth and/or Honeybunny would have had three bullets in his head. It was an obvious director's sleight-of-hand, so to speak - a cheat that didn't make visual/time sense in order to surprise the audience - along with Tim Roth.
Correction: Why can't Jules simply have the pistol balanced on his right knee, or even pressed up against the bottom of the table with said knee? This action is never shown but that doesn't make it a mistake. Yolanda was on the other side of the cafe and Ringo would've never noticed unless he had dropped to his knees to look and even then it's unlikely because Jules' other (left) knee is in the way. This freed up his hands to appear empty, give the wallet up, etc. When Ringo is momentarily distracted by the briefcase, Jules simply grabs the gun off his knee while pulling him forward with the other arm. If you watch the scene, this explanation works and actually was a smart thing to do on the part of the character. But a mistake it is not.
Corrected entry: When Mia and Vincent receive the order in Jack Rabbit Slims, the Vanilla Coke ordered by Vincent comes with a straw, then the straw disappears, then reappears, several times.
Correction: Travolta removed the straw. The straw does not reappear in his cup.During the uncomfortable silence: after reaching for the cup, there are a few moments before he raises the cup. The reach is off-screen, but during those moments there are physical movements that match removing a straw from a cup and placing the straw on a napkin on the table. There is also audio of ice clinking as he removes the straw.There is no evidence of the straw reappearing.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Jules is explaining what would happen if Bonnie came home to find them dealing with the dead body, the camera follows her from outside to the kitchen. When she walks through the front door of the house, she leaves the front door open. This is obviously so the cameraman can walk through behind her, but it's not logical for her to just lazily leave her front door open.
Correction: It's not logical for me to leave my front door open when I am arriving home to hear the phone ring, and answer it, either, yet it happens.
Corrected entry: When Mia and Vincent are eating at Jack Rabbit Slims, and she returns from the bathroom, she takes a bite out of her hamburger, then we see just a second later that there are a couple of bites out of her hamburger, then it goes back to one bite out of her hamburger.
Correction: It only looks like the burger has gone back to one bite, when in fact this one bite is a new bite on a different side of the burger (the burger has been rotated). If you look closely you can see the original 2 bites at the bottom of the burger for a couple of frames before the bottom of the burger goes out of view.
Corrected entry: The Zed character was apparently lifted from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, of all sources. Power Rangers also had a villain named Zed (in the English-dubbed scenes) who wields a staff topped with a Z-shaped ornament that is very similar to Zed's keychain in the movie.
Correction: Lord Zedd wasn't introduced until season 2 of Power Rangers, which premiered in late July of 1994. Pulp Fiction had its world premiere in May 1994, two months before that. Lord Zedd also was an all-new American-developed character who didn't come from a Super Sentai series.
Corrected entry: Lance is sitting at home eating cereal and watching the end of a Three Stooges short, "Brideless Groom," on television. During the subsequent phone conversation between Lance and Vincent, we can hear the short's soundtrack continuing in the background. The soundtrack then abruptly changes to an earlier scene in the short (Christine McIntyre slapping Shemp around) and then to a different short altogether ("Sing a Song of Six Pants," with Harold Brauer talking about a safe combination).
Correction: "Brideless Groom, Sing a Song of Six Pants, and Disorder in the Court" are all 3 featured on the same single copy of a DVD release of The Three Stooges (I own it). Trudy, the one WITHOUT all the "stuff" in her face, is still seen in the same room watching the TV also. She very easily could have changed scenes with a single click of a remote, as the camera is not focused on her during the shots of Lance on the phone with Vince.
Corrected entry: When Jackson and Travolta are at the apartment to collect the money from Brett, Jackson comments, "Check out the big brain on Brad," which should have been Brett.
Correction: He says Brett; he just emphasizes the word Brett so it sounds a little like Brad. (Even if he did say Brad it would still only be a character mistake, not a movie mistake.).
Corrected entry: Marcellus Wallace is bound and gagged while being sodomized by Zed. Butch makes the save by killing Maynard and holding the sword to Zed. Marcellus then shoots Zed with a shotgun. However it is never revealed how Marcellus becomes untied. His bonds had to have been good and tight in order for Zed to have his way with him.
Correction: Marcellus was tied up when he sitting down but you cannot actually see his hands until he pumps the shotgun. They would have had to untie him to position him, and the fact there was two against one (and that they had a shotgun and a pistol) would mean there was a good chance they didn't bother tying his hands up again.
Corrected entry: After the whole pawn shop incident, Butch returns to his motel on Zed's chopper. As he parks the chopper, look closely at the window in the background on the right of the screen (widescreen only). You'll see the reflection of someone standing up and walking away.
Correction: Yes the guy is quite easily seen, but he doesn't look obviously like a crew member, and can be someone living in the motel.
Corrected entry: When Vincent and Mia get back from the restaurant, she rewinds the tape deck to play music. There is a closeup of her finger pressing the play button, then she presses play again.
Correction: She first presses the play with her right finger to stop the tape from rewinding. Then she does a little dance move, presses the play button again with her left finger to start the tape.
Corrected entry: In the pawn shop, when Butch comes down to the rescue, he slashes the first man, steps in front of him, then stabs him. Zed steps forward and the sword swings up to Zed's face. In the next shot of Butch, it shows him bringing the sword up again.
Correction: Watch this scene twice and it shows the sword next to his face in both shots.
Corrected entry: When Butch stabs that fat guy in the pawn shop, Zed stands up real fast and starts to go for his gun. When Marcellus shoots him, we see him grabbing his crotch, and can see that his pants are not even unzipped. How could he have time to zip his pants up?
Correction: Zed's pants are unzipped when he's laying on the ground. It's just difficult to notice since he's covering them with his hands.
Corrected entry: When Marsellus is hit by Butch's car, the ladies standing around him are saying "Yep. He's dead", although his eyelids are jittering open and closed.
Correction: The ladies are not exactly checking his vital signs to check if he's dead. He's just lying there and they just assume he's dead.
Corrected entry: The sign advertising Butch's fight reads, "Coolidge vs. Wilson" and, beneath, "Clash of the Titans". Coolidge and Wilson were formerly opposing candidates in the U.S. presidential race and the slogan was applied to their contest.
Correction: Wilson and Coolidge never ran against each other and no presidential election was ever known as the "Clash of the Titans".
Corrected entry: When Bruce Willis shoots John Travolta John falls back and lands in the bathroom and the door closes. When Bruce goes to open the door we see him put his hand on the blood spot and start pushing the door open, but when we see the door opening from the inside his hand is much lower on the door and below the blood spot.
Correction: The shot that shows him when the door opens, his hand is at the same height as the shot before. In the second shot however his hand moves quickly away from the door, giving the impression that it was lower than in the shot before.
Corrected entry: When Mia Wallace has discovered Vincent Vega's heroine and thinks that it is cocaine, she makes a line, then snorts it. She realizes that it is not what she thinks it is and starts to moan and rub her nose. You can tell that Mia is trying to break the blood packet in her nose because at one point she sticks her finger up her nose and pushes hard on something and it takes a couple of seconds of her rubbing her nose to produce any blood.
Correction: In the shot where she's rubbing her nose, we never see any blood. The blood doesn't appear until after a cut to a close-up shot. She could simply be rubbing her nose and sticking her fingers in there because the heroin has made her nose itch or burn.
Corrected entry: In the shop when Butch unsheathes the sword it makes a metallic sound. Yet the Japanese sheaths are made of wood, so on unsheathing there is no metal-metal friction and no metallic sound.
Correction: Try pulling a kitchen knife out of its wooden block. It makes the same noise as this does.
Corrected entry: In the very first scene with hunny-bunny and pumpkin when they decide to rob the restaurant, hunny-bunny says "Any of you f**king pricks move and I'll execute every motherf**king last one of you." However, at the end of the movie with Vincent and Jules, when the scene is repeated she says "Any of you f**king pricks move and I'll execute every one of you motherf**kers." Also in the second scene it takes a few seconds longer for her to take out a gun out of her purse.
Correction: As someone said when correcting this exact mistake earlier, the reason for that is deliberate, because the scenes are from two different perspectives, and someone can remember the way it happened differently.
Corrected entry: Scene when Esmerelda is driving Butch in the Cab: Butch asks for one of her cigarettes, and she complies giving him a smoke and a light with a match. When she lights his cig with the match the flame on the match is still burning. But, when the camera shot changes, to a close-up of Esmerelda lighting the cigarette, Esmerelda's match has gone out, without her shaking the match out, or anyone blowing the match out. How did the match go out?
Correction: Butch exhales the smoke from his first drag and blows the match out. This is clearer in the uncut version of the scene included in the DVD extras.
Corrected entry: Whilst travelling in a car with Samuel, John accidentally shoots the man in the back seat. He and Samuel carry on talking. You just can't fire a high calibre gun in an enclosed space and not have a hearing problem.
Correction: Who says they don't have a hearing problem? Their ears may be ringing, but they wouldn't be stone deaf. Anyway, they don't "carry on talking" - they carry on yelling.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Bruce Willis shoots John Travolta, we can see the impact of bullets that hit Travolta on his body between his waist and neck. However, in the next shot when Travolta is in the bathtub, he is only bleeding from around his belly button and the impacts around his chest are gone.
Correction: Travolta gets one or two bullets next to his chest. In the bathtub you can see a few blood stains above his belly next to the left of his tie. The jacket he is wearing makes it harder to see if any of the bullets that shot him on the sides of his chest.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Vincent, Jules and Jimmy are having coffee, there's a time interval about two minutes long between the first and the last times we see the wall clock behind Jimmy. Given the type of the clock, you would expect its minute hand to move during the scene, but apparently the clock was stopped during the shooting. If the non-working clock were supposed to be part of the plot, it would be quite a coincidence that it shows the correct time for the scene.
Correction: This isn't a film mistake. It's deliberate, a quirky trade mark of the film. All of the clocks in the film are stopped.
Corrected entry: The kid that listens to Christopher Walken talk about the gold watch opens his eyes to a close up of his beautiful blue eyes. Then they show a close up of Bruce Willis' brown eyes when he wakes up from the dreaming.
Correction: Eye colour can change from childhood to adulthood, more often than not they do go darker, as my own did.
Corrected entry: At the start of the film, when Jules and Vincent are in the apartment, Jules takes a bite out of a burger. For some reason, the burger gets a close up, and you can see it is untouched. When we see Jules take a bite, the burger is already half eaten.
Correction: Jules takes a bite from the side that the student HADN'T taken a bite out of. The close up is of the untouched side that Jules is now eating. When the camera reverts back to the normal view, it is the side of the burger that the student had been eating previously that is now visible.
Corrected entry: Jules and Vincent go to get the briefcase and kill three men in the process. When they leave the apartment, however, neither one of them is carrying the briefcase.
Correction: Marvin leaves and gets in the car with them, it's very possible that he was carrying the briefcase.
Corrected entry: If Butch is so concerned about not leaving his fingerprints on the Uzi after he killed Vincent, why did he only wipe one side of the gun?
Correction: Butch's "mistake" was actually intentional; The director felt this was a good way to show Butch's stupidity even further, and cause the audience to believe he would soon be in more trouble, which he will be.
Corrected entry: After Vincent shoots Marvin "in the face" at point blank range in Jules' car, they go to Jimmy's house for clean-up where the Wolf says "you have a body, minus a head, in a car." Yet when they throw garbage bags into Jules' trunk you see the corpse with an intact head and face.
Correction: Ultimately, the only one that's wrong here is Mr. Wolf, and he was most likely just misinformed. When he says "minus a head" he hasn't yet seen the body, he's just going on what he's been told.