DVD Review

Pulp Fiction

Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction (Movie - 1994) | CARA MIA Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
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CARA MIA Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
The legend has always been that Quentin Tarantino first offered John Travolta the career-resurrecting role of Vincent Vega while the two were playing the Welcome Back, Kotter board game at the director's house. Not true, says Travolta in a fantastic new interview on the Blu-ray of Pulp Fiction (1994, R, 2 hrs., 34 mins.). The part Tarantino offered the fading star was the lead in From Dusk Till Dawn. And Travolta wasn't exactly blown away by the employment opportunity. (He didn't really care for vampire movies.) As for his Pulp Fiction partner in crime, Samuel L. Jackson says that he was still licking his wounds from a failed Reservoir Dogs audition when he was called in to read for the part of Jheri-curled hitman Jules Winnfield. Jackson says he'd been led to believe that his Pulp Fiction test was a mere formality and that the role was basically his. But when someone in the room called him ''Mr. Fishburne,'' he figured he didn't have an iceberg's chance in hell. Of course, 17 years later, it doesn't really matter how the cast came together. The important thing is that it did. Because Pulp Fiction is the best movie of the '90s. Period. While the new cast interviews are as tasty as a Big Kahuna burger (and believe me, I could listen to Pulp Fiction anecdotes all day long, like when Travolta lets it slip that Daniel Day-Lewis wanted his part), the real attraction on this long-awaited Blu-ray is the chance to see Tarantino's Möbius-strip masterpiece looking better than ever. It's one of those rare films that's so rich and jam-packed with indelible, decade-defining moments, if you ask a dozen people for their favorite scene, you'll get a dozen different answers: Travolta and Uma Thurman's Jack Rabbit Slim's dance-off, Christopher Walken's watch-up-his-ass speech, the hypodermic needle to the heart (which is almost redundant in a movie that's already humming with adrenaline). What fuels it all is Tarantino's love of language. It's not the ordinary underworld patter of cold-blooded hitmen, middleweight palookas, and coke-snorting Mob wives. It's pure pop-sozzled poetry. A
Originally posted Sep 28, 2011 Published in issue #1175 Oct 07, 2011 Order article reprints
Weekend of Jan 18 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
American Sniper
Warner Bros.
$90.2 4 $93.6 C+
The Wedding Ringer
Screen Gems
$21.0 1 $21.0 D
Weinstein Co.
$19.3 1 $19.3 A-
Taken 3
$14.0 2 $62.8 B-
$8.3 4 $26.0 A
The Imitation Game
Weinstein Co.
$7.2 8 $50.8 B+
Into the Woods
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.5 4 $114.3 B-
8. $4.9 5 $244.5 B
$4.3 4 $108.6 B-
$4.0 1 $4.0 C-
* in millions

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