Pulp Fiction

Corrected entry: When Mia Wallace has discovered Vincent Vega's heroin and thinks that it is cocaine, she makes a line, then snorts it. She realises 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 both diner scenes (beginning and end of the film), Pumpkin is heard saying, "Garcon, coffee!" and later, "Everybody be cool, this is a robbery!" In the first scene, the time elapsed is about 1:53, while in the last scene the time elapsed is about 1:00.


Correction: The amount of time is smaller in the second scene only due to the editing, when the editor simply cut out the minute when Jules was sitting alone and absolutely nothing happened. It would be so strange, if we had to look at him this whole minute with a single purpose of the director to keep the length of the scene perfectly same as it was in the beginning. By this logic you should complain, why movie wasn't several days long, because that was the amount of time passed in the scenario. We could watch heroes sleep 8 hours straight, for example.

Corrected entry: When Jules and Vincent are loading in their guns in the beginning of the film, Jules drops the hammer on his pistol. He does it almost effortlessly, despite the gun supposedly being loaded. The gun he uses is a Star Model B (a 9mm copy of the M1911), which has a hammer, and one SHOULD NEVER drop the hammer on a live round with a 1911 or any hammer fired pistol. Even if done, extreme caution should be exercised, but still shouldn't. He is doing the same when he lets "Ringo" go at the diner.


Correction: Vincent being careless with the gun isn't a mistake, it is intentional. Later in the movie Vincent accidentally fires the gun and blows some dude's head off, showing he is careless with it.


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. (02:11:00)

Sol Parker

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 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. (00:48:50)

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.

Jane Doe

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.).


He definitely says "Brad," which I have always interpreted as an indication of Jules' indifference to his soon-to-be victim's identity. As if to say, "Brad, Brett... it don't matter much to me because you gonna be dead in about two minutes."

What a great take on the situation. That makes perfect sense.

Corrected entry: When Mia and Vincent arrives home from Jack Rabbit's it is already dawn. But after Mia's overdose it's completely dark again. The dealer's girlfriend mentions the time too, 1:30am.

Correction: There is nothing to indicate it is dawn. The area outside the front door is lit by artificial light and the sky behind the trees in the background is black. Subsequent shots show black skies out the windows.

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. (00:36:15)

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: 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: 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.

Lummie Premium member

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 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: 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: Just before Vincent shoots Marvin in the face, he talks about how is was watching the tv show Cops. But earlier in the film, when Jules was explaining how tv shows are made, Vincent stated that he doesn't watch tv.

Correction: He doesn't say he NEVER watches tv. He probably watches it once in awhile.

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 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. (01:55:45)


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, but it happens. Not to mention, this is an imagined hypothetical, and doesn't have to make total sense.


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.

Timothy Conard

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. (00:43:58)

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: 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.

Lummie Premium member

Deliberate mistake: Both in the first scene and last scene of the movie, we see Yolanda and Ringo starting the robbery by jumping from their seat and start threatening the costumers. In the first scene, Yolanda says "And I'll execute every motherfucking last one of you." But in the last scene the line changes to "and I'll execute every one of you motherfuckers". (00:04:40 - 02:18:00)

Amitai Assido

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Suggested correction: Tarantino has explained that this is not an error, rather, he did this on purpose. When we first examine the scene, we are seeing Ringo and Yolanda's conversation from their perspective. Obviously, because this is their conversation, what we hear first is probably what was actually said. However, at the end of the film, what is said is different because we are no longer viewing the situation from Ringo and Yolanda's perspective, but rather everyone else in the diner, most specifically Jules.

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Jules Winnfield: What does Marcellus Wallace look like?
Brett: What?
Jules Winnfield: What country you from?
Brett: What?
Jules Winnfield: What ain't no country I ever heard of. They speak English in What?
Brett: What?
Brett: Yes.
Jules Winnfield: Then you know what I'm saying.
Brett: Yes.
Jules Winnfield: Describe what Marcellus Wallace looks like.
Brett: What, I-?
Jules Winnfield: [pointing his gun.] Say what again. SAY WHAT AGAIN. I dare you, I double dare you, motherfucker. Say what one more goddamn time.
Brett: He's b-b-black.
Jules Winnfield: Go on.
Brett: He's bald.
Jules Winnfield: Does he look like a bitch?
Brett: What?
[Jules shoots Brett in shoulder.]
Brett: No.
Jules Winnfield: Then why you try to fuck him like a bitch, Brett?
Brett: I didn't.
Jules Winnfield: Yes you did. Yes you did, Brett. You tried to fuck him. And Marcellus Wallace don't like to be fuuced by anybody, except Mrs. Wallace.

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Trivia: Vincent Vega doesn't have much luck with bathrooms: he emerges from the bathroom at Mia Wallace's place to find her overdosing. He is heavily criticised by Jules in Jimmy's bathroom for soiling the towel. He emerges from the bathroom at the coffee shop to find a robbery occurring. After he shoots Brett, a guy comes out of the bathroom with a "hand cannon" and tries to shoot him. Finally, he emerges from the bathroom at Butch Coolidge's flat and is shot dead.

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Question: What exactly does the title of this film mean? Is there even an answer to that?

Sir William

Chosen answer: It is a reference to a class of fast-paced, sensationalistic, and frequently exploitive stories published in cheap magazines from the 1920's through the 1950's. They were called 'pulp' because of the cheap quality of the paper they were printed on, as opposed to the 'slicks' which were more like full-color magazines of today.

Rooster of Doom

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