Pulp Fiction

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

Mortug
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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
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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?

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

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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?

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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Question: Why does Jules tell Brett his name is Pitt or Pete or something like that? He's going to kill him anyway, so why give him a fake name?

dan coakley..

Chosen answer: He says "My name's Pitt, and your ass ain't talking your way out of this shit". His real name is Jules. He just says "Pitt" so that is rhymes with "Shit" at the end of the sentence. Tarantino uses this rapping/rhyming technique on multiple occasions. For example, in the bar scene when Jules and Vincent are chatting to the barman in strange clothes, when Vincent shouts at the barman about Mia the barman says "My name's Paul, and this is between y'all". Also in the film 'Kill Bill Volume 1', the rapist/rape coma pimp says "My name's Buck and I like to fuck".

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Question: I get that all of the scenes may be shot out of sequence. However, I don't understand when exactly John Travolta dies. When he is shot by Bruce Willis after coming out of the bathroom, Travolta is wearing the plain suit, yet he leaves the coffee shop restaurant with Samuel L.Jackson, the two are wearing the old T-shirts and short shorts. And they were given those clothes after their original suits got all bloodied.

Answer: There's a long period of time between those two scenes, at least long enough for him to put on some new clothes. I doubt he only has one suit, considering the business he's in. Notice that he's working alone. Jules had vowed to quit the business. This would be the second to last scene, if shot in order.

Gary O'Reilly
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Question: Why are the bullet holes that appear behind Vincent and Jules, in the "The Bonnie Situation" chapter, regarded as a "Mistake" on this website? I thought they are there to show it wasn't really a miracle at all.

Answer: The mistake is that in the shot before the guy comes out of the bathroom firing his gun you can see the same bullet holes in the wall as after he finishes firing his gun. Those bullet holes were not meant to be there already as you can see before this is completely clear of any holes.

Lummie Premium member
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Question: This one applies to many gangster/action movies but, what is the idea of pulling the firing pin back manually when getting ready to fire your gun?

killin_kellit

Chosen answer: It depends what you mean. On a revolver, pulling the trigger will pullback the hammer and release it. But if you pull the hammer back manually, then only a small touch is needed on the trigger to fire that first shot. On an automatic, the first round must be chambered from the magazine (by manually pulling the slide back), each subsequent shot will do this automatically. On some weapons such as a Colt .45, the hammer MUST be pulled back (either manually, or from the previous shot). Generally speaking, they do it in films as a threat. For some reason film makers think this is more threatening then just having a loaded gun pointed in your face.

Soylent Purple
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Question: In the scene when they kill Bret, Jules gives his Bible quote and they both shoot Bret down, then the screen goes red and scene ends. I see this whenever its on Cable and on my DVD, yet I have seen a clip on the internet when a guy runs out from the bathroom and shoots at Jules and Vincent, completely missing them, and they kill him too. Is this some deleted scene? Was this extra scene shown in theaters? And why was it removed?

Carl Missouri

Chosen answer: That scene IS in the movie. It's just a few scenes later. The film's structure is out of order.

Brad Premium member
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Answer: That scene is actually shown twice in the movie. The first time, toward the beginning of the movie, the scene ends after the shooting. Then later in the movie, they show the scene again, only this time with the guy running out of the bathroom and shooting them.

Ray

Question: Is it ever stated in the movie what Marcellus' reason was for Butch to throw the fight?

Answer: Marcellus was fixing the fight. Marcellus paid Butch a large sum of money to throw the fight so that he and others could bet even more money on Floyd to win the fight. If Butch had done what he was paid to do it would have been a guaranteed win for Marcellus.

BaconIsMyBFF
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Question: When we first meet Jody with all her piercings, she tells Vincent her tongue piercing helps "fellatio". what does this mean, or do I really want to know?

Answer: Fellatio is an oral sexual act. A quick search in Google will give you many examples.

Jane Doe
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Question: Is this movie in the same universe as Reservoir Dogs? If it is, it would mean Mr Orange has a twin brother, who talks with a British accent for some reason. If it isn't, it would mean Vic and Vincent Vega aren't related.

MikeH

Answer: Short answer, yes, they're in the same universe. Tarantino has stated his films exist in two different universes. Basically a "real universe" and a "movie universe." Most (if not all) of his films are all set in this same "real universe" (like RD and PF) while some films, like "Kill Bill" and "Dusk to Dawn", appear in a special movie universe within the "real" universe (meaning they're actual movies that exist in the "real" universe). Some speculate that Mr. Orange was Pumpkin after he turned his life around and that PF is a prequel to RD. Although Pumpkin was called Ringo and not Freddy.

Bishop73
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Only Jules calls him Ringo. It was not his real name. His name could still be Freddy.

lionhead

Question: The scene where Mrs. Wallace is interviewing Vincent with a video camera - why is it on the version usually shown on television, but not on my DVD (Special Edition from the U.S.)? Was it in the original theatrical release?

Answer: It was not in the theatrical release but it does appear on some DVD releases under deleted scenes. The version shown on US Network television differs a lot from the theatrical release. Some scenes have been removed (like all drug related scenes) and some have been added (probably to compensate for the scenes taken out). Check out the following site for a more comprehensive list of changes. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/alternateversions.

Andreas[DK]
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Answer: I read an interview with QT where he explained that he left it out because he felt that sort of thing was being done in a few other movies and he just felt it was getting played out.

Question: Marvin, who Vincent accidentally shoots in their car - why was he in the car in the first place? Why didn't they kill him when they killed the other people in the apartment?

Answer: He was their informant. Vincent, before they go in, says "is that counting our guy?" They brought him with them to see Wallace.

lionhead

Question: When Jules and Vincent are in the diner at the end of the movie Jules says he never eats meat, but earlier we see him take a few bites out of Brett's burger and Jules said he likes it. I don't understand the context of the conversation with Vincent and Jules about eating meat?

Answer: At the diner he didn't say that he doesn't eat meat, only that he doesn't eat pork because he considers swine a "filthy" animal. He tells Brett that he rarely gets to eat cheeseburgers because his girlfriend is a vegetarian, but that he himself loves the taste of a good cheeseburger.

BaconIsMyBFF
Pulp Fiction mistake picture

Continuity mistake: 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.

More mistakes in Pulp Fiction

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?
Jules Winnfield: ENGLISH, MOTHERFUCKER! DO-YOU-SPEAK-IT?
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.]
Jules Winnfield: DOES HE LOOK LIKE A BITCH?
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: In Reservoir Dogs, Nice Guy Eddie arranges for Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) to be treated by a nurse he knows named Bonnie. In Pulp Fiction, Jimmy's wife is a nurse named Bonnie.

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