Quentin Tarantino

To quote Wikipedia...

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an Academy Award-, BAFTA Award- and Palme d'Or-winning, Emmy- and Grammy Award- nominated American film director, screenwriter and actor. He rose to fame in the early 1990s as an independent filmmaker whose films used nonlinear storylines and stylized violence. His films include Reservoir Dogs (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (Vol. 1 2003, Vol. 2 2004) and Death Proof (2007).

 The Tarantino films I particularly like:

  • Kill Bill

    Synopsis: Uma Thurman is going to "Kill Bill," in Quentin Tarantino's latest film about a former assassin betrayed by her boss Bill (David Carradine). Four years after surviving a bullet in the head, the bride (Thurman) emerges from a coma and swears revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of international assassins, played by Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox and Michael Madsen. 

     Tarantino's Input: Writer, director and producer.


    Jackie Brown

    Synopsis: The third film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the creator of Pulp Fiction, is this crime caper based on the novel 'Rum Punch' by Elmore Leonard. Pam Grier stars in the title role of Jackie Brown, and attractive stewardess who supplements her income by smuggling cash into the country for an illegal arms dealer--until the day federal agents bust her. The only way she'll stay out of jail is to set up a sting to bring in a half million dollars and bring down the gun runner. In this web of dangerous characters, she should be wondering: how will she stay alive? But all she's thinking about is: how can she make off with the money?

    Connection To Other Tarantino Films:

  • The part of Jackie Brown was written specifically for Pam Grier. When Quentin Tarantino first read the book Rum Punch, on which the movie is based, he missed the part in which Jackie Brown was described as a white woman. He only realized the error when adapting the screenplay and reviewing the book.
  • Jackie eats food from "Teriyaki Donut", the same place that Marsellus Wallace bought food from before being run over by Butch in Pulp Fiction.
  • The suit that Jackie buys is the same that Mia Wallace wears in Pulp Fiction.
  • The electronic "voice" on Jackie's answering machine is actually that of director Quentin Tarantino.
  • Jackie's white Honda is the same car Butch Coolidge drove in Pulp Fiction when he hit Marsellus Wallace.
  • Samuel L. Jackson says the line, "This is some repugnant s**t" towards the end of the movie. He says this line in both Pulp Fiction and Shaft.
  • According to Quentin Tarantenio, 70's actress Carol Speed originally helped out in making this film and was willing to play a small cameo part in the film. At the last minute, Tarantenio decided not to use her in the film.
  • Ordell says, "He didn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out." This line was used by Dick Ritchie in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
  • The scene where Ordell is trying to convince Beaumont to get in the trunk of the car is shot entirely from a camera in the trunk looking up at them. Similar scenes were also included in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
  • Tarantino's Input: Screenplay writer, director and actor(voice only).
  • Pulp Fiction

     Synopsis: An inside look at a memorable community of criminals. Prizefighter Butch Coolidge has decided to stop payment on a deal he's made with the devil. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are a couple of young lovers and small time thieves who decide they need a change of venue. Meanwhile, two career criminals, Vincent Vega and Jules, go about their daily business of shooting up other crooks who are late on payments to their boss. While one is asked to babysit their boss' dangerously pretty young wife, the other suddenly realizes that he must give up his life of crime.

    Connection To Other Tarantino Films:

  • Jules' character (Samuel L. Jackson) was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of gerry-curled wigs instead, apparently unaware of the difference. The production schedule did not permit correcting the mistake.
  • Quentin Tarantino hesitated over the choice between the character he was going to play: Jimmie or Lance. He ended up choosing Jimmie's role because he wanted to be behind the camera in Mia's overdose scene.
  • Tarantino originally wrote the role of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to LA and re-auditioned, getting back the part he was supposed to play. Calderon ended up with a cameo as Paul, the bartender.
  • Quentin Tarantino wrote two of the three stories before he wrote Reservoir Dogs and True Romance. After the success of those films, he decided to write a third story, intending to have each segment directed by a different person.
  • The Big Kahuna burger was also eaten in the movie From Dusk Till Dawn and first appeared in Reservoir Dogs.
  • The innocent bystander shot by Marsellus Wallace is the same actor pulled out of her car by Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Fabienne says, "Any time of day is a good time for pie." Alabama also says this in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
  • John Travolta's character, "Vince Vega", is the brother of "Vic Vega", aka "Mr. Blonde" from Reservoir Dogs.
  • In real life, Vincent Vega's 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible belongs to Quentin Tarantino.
  • Pam Grier auditioned for the role of Lance's wife Jody. Though she had a great audition, Quentin Tarantino decided not to cast her because he could not imagine Pam Grier getting pushed around the way the character does.
  • Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs, but it went to Tim Roth. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson's work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him.
  • Tarantino's Input: Writer, director and actor.
  • Reservoir Dogs

     Synopsis: Like Tarantino's mainstream breakthrough Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs has an unconventional structure, cleverly shuffling back and forth in time to reveal details about the characters, experienced criminals who know next to nothing about each other. Joe (Lawrence Tierney) has assembled them to pull off a simple heist, and has gruffly assigned them color-coded aliases (Mr. Orange, Mr. Pink, Mr. White) to conceal their identities from being known even to each other. But something has gone wrong, and the plan has blown up in their faces. One by one, the surviving robbers find their way back to their prearranged warehouse hideout. There, they try to piece together the chronology of this bloody fiasco--and to identify the traitor among them who tipped off the police. Pressure mounts, blood flows, accusations and bullets fly. In the combustible atmosphere these men are forced to confront life-and-death questions of trust, loyalty, professionalism, deception, and betrayal.

    Connection To Other Tarantino Films:

  • Tarantino originally wrote the role of Mr. Pink for himself.
  • Before the audience sees the contents of Mr. Blonde's trunk, the camera looks up at Mr. White, Mr. Blonde, and Mr. Pink from inside the trunk. Similar scenes were also included in Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.
  • Robert Kurtzman did the special make-up effects on Reservoir Dogs for free, on the condition that Quentin Tarantino write a script for From Dusk Till Dawn based on a story by Kurtzman.
  • A box of Fruit Brute cereal is visible in Mr. Orange's apartment. The box later appears in Pulp Fiction. 
  • Michael Madsen's character, "Vic Vega", is the brother of "Vincent Vega" (John Travolta) from Pulp Fiction.
  • Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) professes his dislike of automatically tipping waiting staff. Buscemi has a cameo appearance as a waiter in Pulp Fiction.
  • The actess pulled out of her car by Mr. Pink is the same person as the innocent bystander shot by Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction.
  • Samuel L. Jackson auditioned for the part of Mr. Orange, but the role went to Tim Roth. Tarantino enjoyed Jackson's work so much that he wrote the part of Jules specifically for him in Pulp Fiction.
  • The Big Kahuna burger, which made its first appearance in this film, was also eaten in From Dusk Till Dawn and Pulp Fiction.
  • Tarantino's Input: Writer, director and actor.