20 Pulp Fiction Quotes – Relive Tarantino's Epic Movie
Pulp Fiction – A Timeless Classic
Pulp Fiction is the film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino from an excellent director to legendary status. This film is one beautiful mess of a story set in Los Angeles. Three interconnected stories are at the heart of the movie, overlapping at key points that initially confuse viewers but ultimately impress them.
With Tarantino at the helm and a cast oozing with talent, it's no wonder how Pulp Fiction remains a thrilling ride as it nears its 30th year. Relive some of its finest moments with these Pulp Fiction quotes.
Played by: Samuel L. Jackson
Jules is a stone-cold assassin. He likes playing it cool with his victims, engaging in a casual conversation before turning the other way to blow their heads off. What's most interesting, however, is how Jules considers what he does as just a job. He isn't an evil gangster through and through.
In one conversation with Vincent, Jules tells him they should stop chatting and get into character. This is evidence of how he has a whole different persona when he isn't a hitman. And despite all the evil surrounding him, Jules always looks to inch closer to being a redeemed man.
1. Ezekiel 25:17 - "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evilmen. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children."
2. "You wanna play blind man, go walk with the shepherd, but me, my eyes are wide open."
3. “If My Answers Frighten You, Then You Should Cease Asking Scary Questions.”
4. "Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration?"
5. "I hate to shatter your ego, but this is not the first time I've had a gun pointed at me."
Played by: Uma Thurman
Mia Wallace is the most mysterious character in the film—and also the most talked about. Even Tarantino himself says that she's the single character he wants to learn more of, as the film just doesn't reveal much.
From her very first scene, Mia exudes power and confidence. White shirt, black pants, red lips—the way she dresses and carries herself speak volumes about the kind of woman she is. And it's only fitting because she's the wife of Marsellus Wallace.
A sexual creature gradually transforms into a fun, young lady, making Vincent Vega think long and hard about the connection that clearly links both of them.
1. "Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullsh*t in order to be comfortable?"
2. “Don’t be a... *draws square*”
3. Besides, isn’t it more exciting when you don’t have permission?”
4. That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the f**k up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence."
Played by: Ving Rhames
Marsellus Wallace could be just as mysterious as his wife, Mia. But the viewer learns little things about Marsellus since every character is associated with him. He's the untouchable figure in the film, being the big boss of his drug syndicate and running several other businesses along with it.
His power is made clear during a conversation between Vincent and Jules. When Marsellus asked Vincent to show Mia around while he's away, Jules didn't forget to give Vincent a warning. Jules said that Marsellus ordered his men to throw a man from the balcony when he gave Mia a foot massage. This tale sums up Marsellus' character—a cold-blooded man who will do everything to get what he wants.
1. "Pride only hurts, it never helps.”
2. "I'ma get medieval on your ass."
3. “You see, this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherfuckers. Motherfuckers who thought their ass would age like wine.”
4. The thing is, Butch, right now you got ability. But painful as it may be, ability don’t last. And your days are just about over. Now, that’s a hard motherf*****’ fact of life. But that’s a fact of life your ass is gonna have to get realistic about.
Played by: John Travolta
Vincent Vega is the hitman of Marsellus Wallace. His loyalty cannot be understated, as he's shown to be obedient to all of Marsellus' orders. When he isn't asked to kill their enemies, Vincent is just an ordinary guy who likes talking about random stuff with his fellow hitman, Jules.
Killing people is his primary job, but Vincent's most difficult assignment comes in the form of going out with the wife of his boss. He realizes that Marsellus could be testing him. Throughout the night, Vincent tries to reject Mia's increasingly forward actions. Good thing he's loyal, as Marsellus would carve him up otherwise.
The two offer much of the film's comic scenes.
1. "Play with matches, you get burned.”
2. “Did you ever hear the philosophy that once a man admits that he’s wrong, he is immediately forgiven for all wrongdoings?”
3. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go home and have a heart attack."
4. "You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences. I mean they got the same sh-t over there that they got here, but it's just there, it's a little different."
Played by: Harvey Keitel
The Wolf stands out because of his cynical sense of humor. Always calm and professional, The Wolf knows all too well that he's the only option for Jules and Vincent. He's a professional in everything he does, which explains why Marsellus trusts him a lot. Whatever mess needs to be cleaned, The Wolf is the right guy to call.
1. "Respect for one's elders gives character."
2. “Get it straight buster - I'm not here to say please, I'm here to tell you what to do and if self-preservation is an instinct you possess you'd better fucking do it and do it quick. I'm here to help - if my help's not appreciated then lotsa luck, gentlemen."
3. "Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.”
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