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It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the badass Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino’s movie universe is intricate and expansive. His movies possess hidden connections and details that the non-movie buffs can easily fail at recognising, like:
1. All his movies have a scene in which 3 or more characters point guns at each other at the same time.
2. He uses aliases in almost, all his movies.
- Reservoir Dogs– Mr White, Blonde, Orange etc.
- Pulp Fiction– Honey Bunny and Pumpkin
- Kill Bill– Bill’s team- Black Mamba, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and California Mountain Snake.
- Inglourious Basterds– The Basterds
3. Vic Vega of Reservoir Dogs and Vincent Vega of Pulp Fiction were brothers
Now, the viewers don’t get to know the real names of all the characters of Reservoir Dogs, but, eventually, it is revealed that Mr. Blonde is actually Mr. Vic Vega. Tarantino established a connection between this movie and Pulp Fiction through his character Vincent Vega. Later on, Tarantino even confirmed that the two characters were actually brothers and that, he had even planned a prequel starring the siblings before their respective movies came out.
4. This fight between O-Ren Ishii and the Bride was timed accurately according to the dialogue of O-Ren Ishii
In Kill Vol. 1, O-Ren Ishii threatens the Bride saying, “I hope you saved your energy. If you haven’t you may not last five minutes,” and guess what, the Bride takes exactly 4 minutes nd 59 seconds to chop O-Ren’s scalp off.
5. The Big Kahuna Burger in his movies
One of the most notable scenes from Pulp Fiction has to be where Jules takes a good bite of the Kahuna burger. That time, it seemed like some kind of product placement, but actually, the Kahuna burger is a running theme in most of Tarantino’s movies. It can be seen in Reservoir Dogs when Mr. Blonde enters the film’s central warehouse and also in From Dusk till Dawn.
6. Another fake brand, the Red Apple too makes frequent appearances
- Pulp Fiction– Mia Wallace holds a pack in the diner and the scene in which the boxer Butch buys a pack at the bar.
- From Dusk Till Dawn– Can be seen placed on the dashboard of the car the Geckos drive.
- Kill Bill– The giant billboard.
7. The scene in which the Bride meets with Esteban Vihaio in Kill Bill Vol. 2 was shot in a brothel, and the women behind are no extras but real prostitutes that worked at that brothel.
8. Most of his movies have Dutch elements added to them
- Reservoir Dogs– The opening tune, “Little Green Bag,” was performed by a Dutch band- ‘George Baker Selection’. Also, the code name of the actor Tim Roth- Mr. Orange- is Holland’s royal colour and the last name of the royal family.
- Pulp Fiction– Vincent Vega and Jules talk about Amsterdam in the car, and Vincent Vega smokes from Drum– A Dutch shag tobacco.
- Jackie Brown– Ordell Robbie mentions Rutger Hauer- A Dutch actor.
- Kill Bill– The Bride’s name is Beatrix- Name of a Royal Dutch Queen (she retired from her throne in 2013).
9. The nurse named Bonnie
When Mr. Orange is shot in the beginning of Reservoir Dogs, he needs immediate medical attention (not of the doctor, for obvious reasons). Nice Guy Eddie mentions that Bonnie (a nurse) may prove helpful. In Pulp Fiction, the character Jimmy (played by Tarantino) himself too has a nurse-wife called Bonnie. Considering the crazy connections between the movie, this doesn’t merely seem a coincidence.
10. The mention of Alabama character in Reservoir Dogs and True Romance
In Reservoir Dogs, Joe Cabot gives glimpses of Mr. White’s backstory saying that he once had a partner named Alabama whom he hasn’t worked with for years. True Romance introduces a character Alabama, thus establishing yet another crazy connection as this Alabama was supposed to be the same accomplice Mr. White can be seen speaking of in Reservoir Dogs.
11. The Dimmick brothers in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction
Mr. White’s (Harvey Keitel) real name was Lawrence Dimmick and his blood relative that features in Pulp Fiction is Jimmy Dimmick (played by Quentin Tarantino himself). Also, it is puzzling that both, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel, starred in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
These are just a few of many clever movie connections present in the crazy-at-its-best universe of Quentin Tarantino.
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