Pulp Fiction (1994) DVD Trailer
Late one morning in the Hawthorne Grill, Honey Bunny (Amanda Plummer) and Pumpkin (Tim Roth) discuss the pros and cons of robbing banks. Then they stand up in their booth and announce that they're robbing the diner.
Earlier in the day, Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) arrive at a San Fernando Valley apartment building. They are hit men in the employ of Marsellus Wallace and have come to retrieve a valuable belonging of Wallace's that has come into the possession of a group of young would-be crooks. They take back the valuable item -- kept in a briefcase, it glows warmly and transfixes whoever looks at it. Jules recites what he claims is a Bible verse, Ezekiel 25:17, before he and Vincent execute the young men.
At his strip club, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) pays boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight. Jules and Vincent arrive; although it is only a few hours after their visit to the Valley, the two hit men are wearing much less stylish clothes. Vincent insults Butch but before Butch can retaliate, Marsellus calls Vincent over and embraces him. Marsellus is leaving town that evening and Vincent is to take Marsellus' wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), out for dinner to keep her entertained. Rumors abound that Marsellus gravely wounded another associate who he believed had been improperly friendly with Mia, so Vincent is nervous. Before picking Mia up, he visits his dealer, Lance (Eric Stoltz), and buys some high-quality heroin. Properly sedated, he escorts the cocaine-addicted Mia to Jack Rabbit Slim's, a theme restaurant. There, they dance the twist and win an award. After dinner, they return to the Wallaces' home. Vincent goes to the bathroom to talk himself out of making a pass at Mia. Meanwhile, she discovers the baggie of heroin in his coat pocket and, assuming it is cocaine, snorts some. She immediately passes out and begins to foam at the mouth. Panicked, Vincent takes the dying Mia to Lance's. Lance is able to revive her with a shot of adrenaline administered straight to the heart. Vincent takes Mia home. They agree not to tell Marsellus what happened.
The next night, before his fight, Butch dreams of an incident from his childhood: Captain Koons (Christopher Walken) visited Butch to bring him a gold watch. The watch had belonged to Butch's great-grandfather, who took it to World War I with him. Butch's grandfather had taken it to World War II, and Butch's father to Vietnam. Butch's father died as a POW, but gave the watch to Koons to return to Butch. Butch awakes from the dream. Instead of throwing the match, he fights so viciously that he kills his opponent. He took Marsellus' money and bet it on himself; now his winnings will amount to a small fortune. He and his girlfriend, Fabienne (Maria de Medeiros) have left their apartment and are staying in a seedy motel. In the morning they will travel to Butch's hometown of Knoxville, TN and then leave the country. However, in packing their belongings, Fabienne forgot the gold watch, the belonging Butch cherishes above all others. Butch goes back to their apartment to get it. He finds it in their bedroom, but Vincent is also there. Butch catches him off-guard as he emerges from the bathroom and kills him. Leaving the apartment, Butch encounters Marsellus. He tries to run Marsellus over with his car but only wounds him and is hit by another car himself. Marsellus chases Butch into a pawn shop. There, Maynard (Duane Whitaker) overpowers them. Marsellus and Butch wake up in the basement of the pawn shop, bound and gagged. Maynard has called Zed (Peter Greene). While the Gimp (Stephen Hibbert), a huge manchild dressed head to toe in leather fetish gear, watches Butch, Maynard and Zed take Marsellus into the next room and begin to rape him. Butch escapes and knocks out the Gimp. Rather than leave the pawn shop, he procures a samurai sword and rescues Marsellus; Maynard is killed and Zed emasculated in the process. Marsellus will stay behind to oversee the torture-execution of Zed, but tells Butch that as long as he never mentions what happened and never returns to Los Angeles, Marsellus will forget that Butch betrayed him in the boxing ring. Butch agrees. He and Fabienne leave town on Zed's chopper-style motorcycle.
The previous day, just after Vincent and Jules finish killing the men who had stolen Marsellus' prized possession, a gang member they had not known about bursts out of the bathroom and empties his gun point blank at them. However, all of the bullets miss Vincent and Jules, hitting the wall behind them. Jules is certain this is a miracle but Vincent dismisses the idea. They leave with Marvin (Phil LaMarr), Marsellus' inside man in the gang. In the car, Vincent asks Marvin if he believes in miracles, but accidentally shoots him in the head and kills him. The inside of the car is now covered in blood and brain matter. Jules drives to the house of his only friend in the Valley, a former colleague named Jimmie (Quentin Tarantino). Jimmie lets them hide the car but angrily tells them that they have to decide how to get rid of the body before his wife comes home in an hour. Jules calls Marsellus, who calls Winston Wolf (Harvey Keitel), who solves problems. Wolf tells them how to clean up the car and themselves -- they have to strip out of their more stylish clothes and wear Jimmie's spare T-shirts and shorts (which explains their appearance at the strip club) -- then helps them dispose of the car and body at a junkyard belonging to a discreet friend.
Jules and Vincent decide to have breakfast at the Hawthorne Grill, where they continue their discussion about miracles. Jules reveals his plan to leave his criminal life and travel the globe as a mendicant, helping those suffering under tyranny. Vincent mocks him, then goes to the bathroom. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin begin their robbery of the diner. They collect the register till and the patrons' wallets. Jules gives Pumpkin his wallet, but when Pumpkin tries to take Marsellus' briefcase, Jules pulls his gun and disarms Pumpkin. While Vincent holds Honey Bunny at bay, Jules explains to Pumpkin how, even earlier that morning, he would have killed Pumpkin and Honey Bunny without a second thought. He recites his ersatz version of Ezekiel 25:17 again: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny 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 brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. I will strike down 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."
Jules explains that while he had previously thought that it was cool to make such a cold-blooded passage the last thing his victims heard, he now realizes that the "tyranny of evil men" part of the passage refers to him, and he intends to become a better person. He and Vincent allow Honey Bunny and Pumpkin to leave with all of the money but not the briefcase. They then leave the diner themselves and head to Marsellus' strip club.
- Posted: June 10, 2009
- Director: Quentin Tarantino
- Writer: Quentin Tarantino
- Studio: Miramax Films
- Release: October 14, 1994
- Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman
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