This is the week of anniversaries!
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino’s most iconic and well-known film was released in theaters. To this day, Pulp Fiction continues to captivate audience members, both young and old.
To celebrate, here are twenty facts on the film’s twentieth anniversary:
1. The shot of Vincent shoving the syringe into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then reversing the footage.
2. Whenever Vincent goes to the bathroom, something terrible happens.
3. Quentin Tarantino wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson.
4. The passage from the Bible that Jules has memorized was mainly made up by Tarantino and Jackson.
5. The film cost $8.5 million to make – $5 million of which went to the actors’ salaries.
6. Originally, Uma Thurman turned down the role of Mia Wallace, but Tarantino desperately wanted to cast her so he ended up reading her the script over the phone, eventually convincing her to accept the role.
7. “Fuck” is said 265 times.
8. Jules’ car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, is never fully seen, only the interior or parts of the exterior are visible.
9. “The Game of Life” and “Operation” are both seen on a table while Vincent and Lance are administering the adrenaline shot for Mia.
10. Bruce Willis was only on set for 18 days.
11. The dance that Vincent and Mia perform at Jack Rabbit Slims was copied from the dance performed in Fellini’s 8½.
12. Marsellus and Mia never actually speak to each other on-screen, despite being married.
13. In the diner bathroom and the bathroom in Butch’s apartment, Vincent is reading the Peter O’Donnell book “Modesty Blaise”. Tarantino has expressed a desire to film a “Modesty Blaise” film.
14. Mia and Vincent never actually won the trophy at the Jack Rabbit Slim’s, they stole it. When Butch is sneaking back to his apartment for his watch you can hear the story on his neighbor’s TV.
15. The parts of “Pumpkin” and “Honey Bunny” were written specifically for Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth.
16. Jules’ “Bad Mother Fucker” wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. It’s a reference to the theme song of Shaft (1971), and in 2000, Samuel L. Jackson played Shaft in the remake.
17. The movie that Lance is watching when Vincent arrives with overdosed Mia is The Three Stooges short, ‘Brideless Groom’. Tarantino is a huge Three Stooges fan, but he couldn’t get the rights to actually show them in the movie. So while a Three Stooges film appears on-screen, the Three Stooges themselves do not.
18. Upon Pulp Fiction‘s UK video rental release, some video stores gave away a pack of limited edition ‘Pulp Fiction’ matches. On the back of the matches box was the quote from the film “you play with matches, you get burned”.
19. A few scenes from the film were directed by Robert Rodriguez, though he is not credited.
20. Other actors who were considered for the film include Daniel Day-Lewis and James Gandolfini as Vincent, Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon, and Sylvester Stallone as Butch, and Michelle Pfeiffer, Daryl Hannah, Meg Ryan, Joan Cusack, and Isabella Rossellini as Mia.