Pulp Fiction

Question: When Jules and Vincent go to the students' flat at the beginning of the movie, Jules asks the guy on the couch to tell him where the briefcase is. He begins by saying "You. A flock of seagulls. Where is it?" What does he mean by calling him "a flock of seagulls"?

The_Iceman Premium member

Chosen answer: It's a reference to his hairstyle; A Flock Of Seagulls was a new wave band from the early 1980s who were as well known for their frontman's unusual hairstyle as their sound. You can learn more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Flock_of_Seagulls.

zendaddy621

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

Question: In the scene with Butch and Esmeralda in the taxi (right after he kills the other boxer), does anybody know why Quentin Tarantino made the view out of the rear windscreen look so fake?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: Tarantino is big on tribute to older films and filming techniques, hence the projection-style background.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: I know that we will never know what's meant to be in the briefcase, but what was in there for shooting the scene (neon lights maybe)?

Chosen answer: Tim Roth said in an interview just a normal light bulb was used.

Lummie Premium member

Question: In the final scene, Jules calls Pumpkin "Ringo", but nobody ever said his name. How did Jules know that his name was "Ringo"? Actually, nobody says his name in the entire film, including Amanda Plummer's character, Hunnybunny/"Yolanda" or Pumpkin/"Ringo". Then Jules miraculously refers to him as "Ringo" when Pumpkin counts to three.

chikid

Chosen answer: Jules just gave him the nickname "Ringo" on the spot because he is English like Ringo Starr from The Beatles. In America, "Ringo" is somewhat of a common nickname Americans give British/English guys since The Beatles are the most famous thing to come out of Britain. It's not his real name. We never learn what his real name is. Why "Ringo"? Because John, George and Paul are regular names that you wouldn't necessarily associate with The Beatles if said individually on their own whereas "Ringo" immediately makes you think "British guy and the drummer of 'The Beatles'."

Question: Is there any particular reason Butch looks at Vincent with such hatred when they meet at Marcellus', or is it just because Vince was being rude?

Chosen answer: It is because he is being rude. Butch has never met Vincent before, but Vincent was rude to him anyway. This is also setting up the tension between them for later in the film. Perhaps if Vincent had not been so rude to Butch at the bar, Butch might not have blown him away when he finds him at his apartment later on.

Jazetopher

An inner theory is that Vince previously knew about the situation with Marcellus and kind of who he was and that's why he called him a palooka (a fighter who takes a dive) and a punchy. That's why he was so rude and there was so much hostility.

It is also implied that Butch is the one that keyed Vincent's car.

Question: In the credits at the start of this movie it says "a band apart" it also says it in almost every QT film, what does it mean?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: A Band Apart is Quentin Tarantino's production company.

MasterOfAll

Question: Are there any actual restaurants like Jack Rabbit Slim's out there, where booths are done up like cars? I know the restaurant they filmed in was torn down afterwards and I can't find anything online, so any help would be appreciated.

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Disney World has one.

Grumpy Scot

Question: I know that in the movie you never get to know, and I've read almost every theory, but has anyone answered, once and for all, officially, what's in the briefcase?

Chosen answer: No one will ever know. Quentin Tarantino has even said so in interviews. It's supposed to be a classic 'McGuffin' - a term spawned by Hitchcock to describe an object on which the plot hinges without being important to the outside viewers.

Ral0618

Question: When Mia and Vincent first sit down at Jack Rabbit Slim's, they are shown to the table by a dwarf. After the dwarf seats them he walks off around the corner yelling something. What is he saying?

carl martinez

Chosen answer: He yells "Call for Philip Morris!" That was a slogan used by Philip Morris cigarettes throughout much of the early- and mid-1900s.

Question: In the scene where Vincent is buying heroin from Lance, Lance says "This ain't Amsterdam, Vince. This is a seller's market. Coke is fuckin' dead as disco. Heroin's comin' back in a big fuckin' way. It's this whole seventies retro. Bell bottoms, heroin, they're as hot as hell." Why does it sound like Lance is trying to talk Vincent into buying heroin instead of coke when Vincent is supposed to be a heroin addict?

00:28:10

Chosen answer: He's not trying to talk Vincent into buying cocaine, Lance is explaining to him why the heroin is so much more expensive than what he'd grown used to paying for it while he was in Amsterdam.

Phixius Premium member

Question: Why does it say "A Band Apart" in the credits at the start of almost every Quentin Tarantino movie? and why is there a picture of 4 guys wearing black suits, like the characters in Reservoir Dogs?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: A Band Apart is Tarantino's production company. It uses the Reservoir Dogs characters as a logo because it was Tarantino's debut movie.

rswarrior

Question: About "the gimp" in Maynard's store. Who/what was it exactly? And why was he sleeping inside a box?

killin_kellit

Chosen answer: We're never told and it's never explained who he is. Zed and the other guy in the pawn shop make him sleep in the box. He's their sex prisoner.

Jane Doe

Question: Vincent mentioned that he was in Amsterdam for over 3 years, does anybody know why he spent such a long time there? And was he friends with Jules before he went to Amsterdam?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: I inferred from the conversations that he'd committed some major crime and had to flee the country and go into hiding until the heat died down.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: Why didn't Zed (the rapist and apparent security guard) grab the handgun and shoot Marsellus Wallace after the latter shot Zed? The gun was still lying on the crate. Had he picked up the gun, he would have been able to either shoot Marsellus or get shot and killed by Marsellus. Either way he'd escape being tortured by Marsellus' crew.

Chosen answer: After he was shot, he was kinda in a lot of pain and on the floor bleeding, not so surprising he didn't go for the gun anymore. He couldn't have reached it anymore anyway, certainly not with 2 people closer to it ready to kill him.

lionhead

Question: In the movie 'Pulp Fiction' do they repeat the title anywhere in the movie?

Chosen answer: They do not.

Manky

Question: Vincent and Mia are shown smoking cigarettes inside Jackrabbit Slim's, but California has long been known to have some of the most restrictive anti-smoking laws in the US. While I'm aware that neither Vincent nor Mia was exactly law abiding, was smoking in restaurants in California still allowed at the time this film was made?

zendaddy621

Chosen answer: California passed a ban on restaurant smoking in 1994, as part of labor policies meant to protect the health of employees (such as bartenders, waitresses and bellhops) from the risks of secondhand smoke. However, "Pulp Fiction" was produced in 1993 and was released in 1994. The actual law did not take effect until 1995.

Question: When we first see Marcellus he has a plaster on his neck. Anyone know why?

Mortug Premium member

Chosen answer: Some would say that it's a plot device to show that Wallace sold his soul to the devil (the devil removes the soul through the neck) and the contents of the briefcase is his soul. The real answer is that Ving Rames had a small cut on the back of his neck that was caused by shaving his head. Quentin liked the look of the plaster and they left it on.

RJR99SS

Question: What's the music heard as Butch and his girlfriend ride away, just before "The Bonnie Situation" begins, since the track is not on the film's soundtrack?

Chosen answer: The music playing as they ride away is the intro to "Out Of Limits" by The Marketts, from 1962.

Question: When Vincent and Mrs Wallace first enter Jack Rabbit Slim's there is a tune playing in the background. Kind of a haunting, bass, bluesy riff. Can anyone tell me the name and/or artist of the tune?

Chosen answer: Waitin' in School by Johnny and Doresy Burnette, or possibly 'Rumble' by Link Wray, depending on which bit of the scene you mean.

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Jules Winnfield: Ezekiel 25:17. 'The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyrannies of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness. For he is truly his brothers' keeper and finder of lost children. 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 I am the lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.' Now I've been saying that shit for years, and if you've ever heard it, it meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant, I just thought it was a cold blooded thing to say to a mother fucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this morning that made me think twice. Now I'm thinking it could mean you're the evil man, and I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here is the shepherd, protecting my righteous ass. Or maybe it means that you're the righteous man, and I'm the shepherd, and it's the world that's evil and selfish. Now I'd like that, but you see that shit ain't the truth. The truth is, YOU'RE the weak, and I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd.

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Mistakes

When John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are fired at in the apartment, the bullet holes are already in the wall before the gun is fired.

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Trivia

In Reservoir Dogs, Nice Guy Eddie arranges for Mr. Orange (Tim Roth, all shot to pieces) to be treated by a nurse he knows named Bonnie. And, of course, in Pulp Fiction, Jimmy's wife is a nurse named Bonnie.

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