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Plot, Details & Awards

Pulp Fiction

Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality.

R In Theaters 10/14/1994 , 160min.
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Plot & Details

Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. Director and co-screenwriter Quentin Tarantino synthesized such seemingly disparate traditions as the syncopated language of David Mamet; the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of such experimental classics as Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and La jetée. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, in the role that single-handedly reignited his career, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges on such topics as the French names for American fast food products; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Uma Thurman Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor John Travolta Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Samuel L. Jackson Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Quentin Tarantino Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Quentin Tarantino Won
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Roger Avary Won
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Sally Menke Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Lawrence Bender Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Uma Thurman Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama John Travolta Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Samuel L. Jackson Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Quentin Tarantino Won
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Quentin Tarantino Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Quentin Tarantino Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Directors Guild of America Best Director Quentin Tarantino Nominated

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film Quentin Tarantino Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Lawrence Bender Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Quentin Tarantino Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Quentin Tarantino Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Eric Stoltz Nominated
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Roger Avary Won
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Samuel L. Jackson Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor John Travolta Won
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Quentin Tarantino Won
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Quentin Tarantino Won
1993 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Roger Avary Won
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