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Rounding off a few days of posts about Quentin Tarantino’s 20-year-old masterpiece Pulp Fiction is this classic scene which, I should point out, contains copious amounts of swearing. Here hitmen Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) have just left the scene of a crime with cohort Marvin (Phil LaMarr) in tow. During the previous scene both Vincent and Jules cheated death, and in the car the pair debate whether it was luck that saved them or a more divine intervention.

I remember the first time I saw this scene, and how shocked I was when it played out on screen. One of the reasons I love Tarantino’s work is because of his ability to suddenly surprise the audience and take the story off in a completely different direction as a result, as is the case here. Pulp Fiction contains a few of these moments, such as Mia Wallace’s overdose and the unpredictable post-fight fate of Butch and Marcellus Wallace after they stumble into Zed’s shop, but this is probably my favourite of all. The dialogue is pretty damn great too.

2 Responses to “Classic Scene: Pulp Fiction (1994)”

  1. Writer Loves Movies

    This is such a shocking scene, I really didn’t see it coming. The reaction of Vincent and Jules is what captivates me most – they are simply unfazed by what they have done (apart from worrying they’ll get caught of course!).

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    • Stu

      So true – and I guess key to it all is the way that Travolta delivers the line ‘I just shot Marvin in the face’, as if he were saying ‘I can’t find my car keys’ or something equally innocuous.

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