Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson
Plot: The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Whenever Vincent Vega goes to the toilet, something bad happens. He emerges at Mia Wallace's house to find her overdosing, comes out at the restaurant to find a robbery unfolding and is shot dead by Butch after using his bathroom.
After the movie's iconic dance scene, you see Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace walk into her house holding a trophy. The audience assumes they won the contest, but later in the film, a barely audible advert states the trophy had been stolen - meaning Vince and Mia lost the competition then stole the trophy.
John Travolta spoke to a recovering heroin addict during his research for Vincent Vega. The addict, a friend of Quentin Tarantino, suggested Travolta get drunk on tequila and lie in a hot pool, as this would be the closest representation of heroin's effects without actually it. Travolta tried this method with his wife in their hotel hot tub, lining up tequila shots along the bath.
The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe of adrenaline into Mia's chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then reversing the footage.
Jules' famous and oft-quoted Bible passage was in fact made up by Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson. Only the final two lines feature in Ezequiel 25:17.
The role of Vincent Vega was originally written for Michael Madsen, who played Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs. Instead, Madsen opted to play Virgil Earp in Wyatt Earp.
The 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible Vincent drives in the film actually belonged to Quentin Tarantino, and was stolen during production of Pulp Fiction.
The film's title is self-referential. 'Pulp' magazines were popular during the mid-20th century and famed for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue - exploited to attract a readership. The film's content mirrors these overt, unapologetic stylings.
The shot of Marcellus stopping and seeing Butch in the middle of the road is copied directly from Psycho.
The mystery of what's in Marcellus Wallace's briefcase has raged for years. Some argue it's Elvis' gold suit from True Romance, others the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs. The most popular theory is that it's Marcellus Wallace's soul, hence the case's glow, the plaster on the back of Wallace's head (this is where the soul is removed) and the combination - 666. In reality, the band aid on Wallace's head was used to cover a shaving scar suffered by actor Ving Rhames, and though Quentin Tarantino's original script had the briefcase containing diamonds, he quickly dismissed this as it was too similar to Reservoir Dogs. Instead, Tarantino thought it better to never reveal (or even decide) what was in the case, in the hope people would guess, speculate and create their own theories.
Ellen DeGeneres tried out for the role of Jody, the pierced face wife of Vincent's drug dealer, that ultimately went to Rosanna Arquette.
The various weapons that Butch considers for carrying out his revenge in the pawn shop are nods to other films. The hammer (Friday The 13th Part 2), the bat (Walking Tall), the chainsaw (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and finally, the Samurai sword (Lightning Swords of Death).
Big Kahuna Burger is a fictional chain of Hawaiianthemed fast food burger joints out in Los Angeles dreamed up by Tarantino.
Steve Buscemi and Kathy Griffin both have small cameos: Buscemi as the Buddy Holly waiter and Griffin as a witness to Butch's hit-and-run of Marsellus Wallace.
Tarantino was a fan of the 1991 short film Curdled, in which the lead woman's job is cleaning up crime scenes. Tarantino incorporated the same actress as Butch's homicidally-intrigued cab driver, Esmeralda.