Pulp Fiction; A Lawrence Bender Classic

Pulp Fiction is a movie lauded by many in the film industry, from actors to critics, and has even been chosen to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry in 2013. It’s basically a meta-story containing three main individual stories that are somehow connected, and they’re also told out of order. Lawrence Bender, a Bronx native and a University of Maine alum, produced the film in 1994, with Quentin Tarantino taking the position of director.

In one of the three stories, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta star as two hitmen, Jules and Vincent (respectively), who went to retrieve a mysterious briefcase for their boss, Marsellus Wallace (played by Ving Rhames), from his associate. Jackson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his captivating performance, while Lawrence Bender received an Academy nomination for Best Picture. He received the same nomination in subsequent years for Good Will Hunting in 1998 and Inglorious Basterds in 2010, both of which he produced. Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) delivered his iconic biblical verse that was just awesome to watch, before shooting his boss’s associate, who attempted a double-cross

In the second story, a prized boxer, Butch Coolidge (played by Bruce Willis) won a boxing match he was paid to lose by Wallace and accidentally killed his opponent. He planned to keep that money and run away with his girlfriend, who he met up with at a motel after the fight. It became apparent that the whole movie was told out of order when Butch went back to his apartment to get an important gold watch and ran into an unarmed Vincent, who he killed as he stepped out of the bathroom, yet we later see Vincent in the diner, with Jules, as the credits rolled. Further into this story, Butch ran into Wallace by chance, and he chased him into a pawnshop, where they were held captive by the sadistic owner. In the third story, Jules had a standoff with two robbers, who were are couple, in a diner.

Though I discovered this Lawrence Bender film well after its release, this is only proof that Pulp Fiction will endure and continue to entertain future generations.

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