Weekly Streaming Spotlight: 'Pulp Fiction'

With Quentin Tarantino's birthday coming up tomorrow, we've dedicated our streaming spotlight this week to one of our favorite Tarantino flicks.

By Chuck Walton


Our streaming spotlight pick for the week was an easy choice because not only is "Pulp Fiction" a wildly adored landmark genre film, but the director at the helm is the one and only Quentin Tarantino.

Given that Tarantino's birthday is tomorrow, "Pulp Fiction" seemed like a perfect film to revisit, with an all-star, must-see cast.

The 1994 American crime drama features standout performances from John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Bruce Willis, and many more.

We would describe it as a flurry of four non-linear storylines, about hit men, boxers, criminals and a suitcase filled with...something...broken down into seven narrative sequences spilling over with ridiculous violence and humor (and one brief excerpt from the bible delivered aggressively and memorably by Samuel L. Jackson).

© Miramax Films/courtesy Everett Collection

And of course, the movie is NOT for kids!

Though Tarantino's directorial debut "Reservoir Dogs" ended up being a cult classic, this film definitely defined the filmmaker for the rest of his career.

And, if it wasn't enough for Quentin to direct these violent thrill rides, he's been known to feature himself in his films, time and time again.

For "Pulp Fiction" specifically, Tarantino played the character Jimmy, a person who main characters, hitmen Vincent and Jules (Travolta and Jackson), go to when they have a little situation.

The last thing we'll say is that, if you're for hankering for an iconic dance sequence from Uma Thurman and John Travolta (post "Grease"), then you've found it.

© Miramax Films/courtesy Everett Collection

The drug-fueled rampage of a movie will take you on a trip, and will forever leave you wondering, "what was in that briefcase?"

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Pulp Fiction

Crime Drama / 1994 / R

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

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