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Quentin Tarantino films are jam-packed with cool trivia (25 Photos)
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that Tarantino movies are so complex that you could probably take a whole class on them. Actually, knowing colleges nowadays someone is probably doing exactly that.
Here are a few fun tidbits of knowledge you probably didn’t know about the land of Tarantino film.
Kill Bill Vol. 1, before the fight between O-Ren and The Bride (Uma Thurman), O-Ren says, in Japanese, “I hope you saved your energy. If you haven’t you might not last 5 minutes.”After she says this, it is exactly 4 minutes and 59 seconds from when the music cues the start of the fight to when the fatal blow is dealt, ending the fight.
Pulp Fiction, the shot of Marcellus turning his head to see Butch in his car is taken directly from Psycho.
Inglorious Basterds, during the final card game at the LaLouisiane tavern, the card that Hellstrom (the Gestapo major) has to identify is King Kong, which was one of Adolf Hitler’s favorite movies.
In the closing credits to
Jackie Brown, Tarantino gives special thanks to “Bert D’Angelo’s Daughter.” In the late 70s, Paul Sorvino starred in a TV detective show, Bert D’Angelo/Superstar. So, “Bert D’Angelo’s Daughter” is Paul’s daughter and Tarantino’s girlfriend at the time, Mira Sorvino.
“All right ramblers, let’s get rambling” is said in both
From Dusk Til Dawn and Reservoir Dogs.
Tarantino says that all of his scripts exist in one of two universes: the “Movie Movie” Universe of the “Realer than Real World” Universe. The “Movie Movie” Universe includes the kinds of film the characters in his “Realer than Real World” Universe (such as
Pulp Fiction) would go see, and they’re purposefully unrealistic. Other movies that Tarantino says are in the “Realer than Real World” Universe are Death Proof and Reservoir Dogs.
Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Orange has a poster of the Silver Surfer on his apartment wall. This is an homage to one of Tarantino’s favorite films, Breathless, a 1983 remake of the 1959 film. In the remake, Richard Gere’s character reads The Silver Surfer comics obsessively.
The same white Honda Civic is used in
Pulp Fiction by Butch, by Jackie in Jackie Brown, and also shows up in the parking lot of the My Oh My strip club in Kill Bill: Vol. 2. .
During the end credits of
Kill Bill: Vol. 2, the names of the actors playing characters on The Bride’s “Death List Five” are crossed off, referencing the fact that the characters died onscreen. However, a question mark appears over Daryl Hannah’s name, since her character Elle’s condition is unknown. Also, David Carradine (Bill), who supposedly dies onscreen, has his name appear before the dead cast members, but his name isn’t crossed off.
In the end credits to
Pulp Fiction the coffee shop manager is credited as simply Coffee Shop. This is because when Tim Roth’s character holds a gun to the manager’s head and says “Are you gonna be a hero?” the manager only gets to respond “No, I’m just a coffee shop-“ before Roth cuts him off and starts yelling.
Death Proof is the only Tarantino movie that runs in chronological order. He’s notorious for playing around with the timeline of his films, but the raw style of this movie meant he had to skip the flashbacks and other tricks.
If you look closely at the wall of the bar during
Death Proof’s opening sequence, you’ll see a tank top with a samurai and a rising sun on it. That’s the same tank that Kurt Russell wore in Big Trouble in Little China.
Tarantino always has a reference to the Netherlands in his films. In
Reservoir Dogs, the opening tune “Little Green Bag” is performed by the George Bakker Selection, a Dutch band. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent and Jules discuss Amsterdam and Vincent smokes from a Dutch tobacco shag, Drum. In Jackie Brown, Ordell mentions the Dutch actor Rutger Hauer. In Kill Bill, The Bride’s name is Beatrix, the name of the Royal Dutch Queen.
When Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) explodes in a fit of rage in
Django Unchained, he slams his hand down on the dining room table and smashes a glass. This wasn’t supposed to happen, but DiCaprio was in such a zone that he kept going, even though he would later need to get stitches for the injury.
It was while filming
Pulp Fiction that Tarantino developed Kill Bill. Tarantino came up with the idea while talking with Uma Thurman on set about the types of movies they liked. He expressed his interest in ‘70s kung fu movies, and they started hashing out what would become the opening scene of the beaten Bride in her wedding gown.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 was the first of his movies to not feature the word ‘fuck’ at least 100 times. It clocked in with only 17 uses.
Jackass: The Movie had an influence on Kill Bill Vol. 2. The original script called for a much more graceful fight between Elle and The Bride, but Tarantino decided to make it much more chaotic after watching Jackass at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse.
The character Honey Bunny in
Pulp Fiction was named after an actual rabbit. Linda Chen typed up Tarantino’s handwritten script for the movie, and as a payment, she asked Tarantino to watch her rabbit when she went on location. He wouldn’t do it, and when the rabbit later died, he named Amanda Plummer’s character after the pet.
Tarantino LOVES vintage board games, and he convinced John Travolta to be in
Pulp Fiction with an all-day Welcome Back Kotter, Grease and Saturday Night Fever board game marathon.
The original name Tarantino wanted for
Inglorious Basterds was “Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied France.” He settled for other name, of course, and used his first idea for the name of Chapter One in the film.
Many people weren’t very happy with Tarantino’s cameo as the Australian mining company worker in
Django Unchained, but he claims it was only for ’time-saving’ reasons. He says the role was actually supposed to a bigger part for an unknown actor, but he felt the part was no longer right for the person he had.
The empty building where the multi-colored heroes rendezvous after the robbery was actually a disused mortuary. When Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi go to the back room to argue and wash blood off themselves, you can clearly see plastic tubes, embalming fluid and other necessities of preparing the dead.
Tarantino has always said that he writes things into his screenplays that he knows will never make it into the film, and the original script for
Django Unchained is no different.There was supposed to be a character named Scotty- a role that was originally intended for Sasha Baron Cohen to play. Scotty is a young and naive man who becomes attached to Brumhilde after his father makes him her companion. Soon enough, Scotty gets in an intense battle with Calvin Candie in a gambling den and is shot and killed.
The jukebox in
Death Proof is Tarantino’s personal belonging. It was trucked to Austin to be used in the film in its very own rig. The list of songs on it was also personally selected by Tarantino. One of the songs is “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry, which is the song that Mia and Vince dance to in Pulp Fiction.
In the first scene of
Jackie Brown, Max is seen leaving a movie, and you can hear the end credits music. That music is the end credits music of Jackie Brown itself.
Hopefully this knowledge will tide you over until
The Hateful Eight comes out next month.