Pulp Fiction: Did You Know?

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Movies on the Block returns with cult classic Pulp Fiction on Thursday, July 19. Did you know these pieces of film trivia?

1. The F word is used 265 times.


2. Jules’ famous and oft-quoted Bible passage was actually made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson. Only the final two lines come from Ezequiel 25:17.


3. Pulp Fictioncost $8 million to make, with over $5 million going toward actor salaries. The film went on to make over $210 million.


3. The role of Vincent Vega was originally written for Michael Madsen, who played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs. Instead, Madsen opted to play Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp. Tarantino went on to cast John Travolta, an actor best known for roles in Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Look Who’s Talking. Travolta was paid less than $150,000, but went on to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.


4. Chronologically speaking, the last scene in the movie sees Butch and Fabienne drive away on a motorcycle. The very first sound heard at the start of the movie is the same motorcycle’s engine.


5. Vincent Vega has a 1964 Chevelle Malibu—which, in real life, belonged to Tarantino—and it was stolen soon after the film’s release. It wasn’t found for nearly two decades.


6. Various actresses were considered for the role of Mia Wallace: Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah, Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan, Joan Cusack and Julia Louis-Dreyfus were all in the running, until Tarantino set his heart on Uma Thurman. He read her the script over the phone to convince her to take the role.


7. The infamous adrenaline shot scene, when Vincent Vega plunges a needle directly into Mia’s chest was actually filmed with the needle already in place. Travolta pulled the needle from her chest and the shot was then reversed in post-production.


8. The dance that Vincent Vega and Mia perform at Jack Rabbit Slims was copied, movement by movement, from the dance performed early in Fellini’s 1963 classic 8½.


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