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‘Pulp Fiction’ Facts: 8 Pieces of Trivia You May Not Have Known About the 1994 Hit

Some movies just become more iconic with age — Pulp Fiction (1994) most certainly being one of them. With a cast led by John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and more, this Quentin Tarantino crime film intertwines four stories in one of the most quintessential movies of the 90s and beyond, with film buffs placing this near the top of their lists. Here, take a look at these Pulp Fiction facts you might not have known about!

‘Pulp Fiction’ facts

1. Samuel L. Jackson got creative

Samuel L. Jackson, 2019
Samuel L. Jackson, 2019Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

When Jules (Samuel L. Jackson’s character) reads Ezekiel 25:17 before a particularly brutal scene, he isn’t actually reading the verse from the Bible. Instead, the passage came from the 1976 film The Bodyguard.

2. A record number of swear words

Pulp Fiction sure did earn its R-rating — the movie contains 265 instances in which the F-word is used, out of the 431 curse words within the entire film.

3. Movie magic

The scene in which Uma Thurman’s character of Mia is stabbed with a syringe actually came to life in post-production. The needle was first placed and then removed by Travolta, and with a little bit of modern movie technology, the scene was put in reverse.

4. Showing off his moves

Uma Thurman and John Travolta, Pulp Fiction, 1994
Uma Thurman and John Travolta, Pulp Fiction, 1994Miramax Films/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

The famed dance scene between John Travolta and Uma Thurman in the film was improvised, as told by Travolta himself.

I’d actually told Quentin about the dances I grew up with” he told The Daily Beast in 2014. “The Twist is what he wanted, but I said, ‘There were other fun dances from that era! The Spin, The Batman, The Hitchhiker.”

5. Dancing for Uma Thurman was a little less exciting

I was more afraid of the dancing than almost anything because it was exactly to my total insecurity,” she recalled at the Series Mania Festival in France in 2019, as reported by Variety. “Being big and awkward and still quite young then. But once I started dancing I didn’t wanna stop, so it was a dream come true.” Luckily, her fear didn’t get the best of her and she nailed it!

6. Recognized for its greatness — ‘Pulp Fiction’ facts

Pulp Fiction movie poster, 2008
Pulp Fiction movie poster, 2008Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

Pulp Fiction was nominated for a total of seven Academy Awards, taking home one for Best Original Screenplay. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Picture, Director, as well as Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor for John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson.

7. This famous sitcom star almost played the role of Mia — ‘Pulp Fiction’ facts

Amongst the actresses who were considered for the role of Mia, which included Isabella Rossellini, Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan, was allegedly Seinfeld starlet Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Apparently, the actress turned down the role due to her commitment to the hit comedy.

8. Uma Thurman wasn’t too sure she wanted to be in the film — ‘Pulp Fiction’ facts

Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, 2022
Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, 2022Noam Galai/WireImage/Getty Images

I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in the movie,” she told Vanity Fair. “I was 23, from Massachusetts.” she said of her hesitation, continuing, “He wasn’t this revered demigod auteur that he has grown into,” referring to Tarantino. For Thurman, some aspects of the subject matter concerned her.

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