Monday, July 31, 2006

Pumpkin Loves Honey Bunny

Pulp Fiction begins with a robbery scene in which the character "Yolanda" (aka "Honey Bunny", played by Amanda Plummer) offers the crowd a threat that ends with "I'll execute every last motherf*ckin' one of you!"

Near the end of the film, we return to this scene, but the line is altered to end with "I'll execute every last one of you motherf*ckers!"

However, the scene is clearly being shown from a different camera angle. Am I giving Tarantino too much credit in assuming that the different angle is meant to represent the viewpoint of a different character? In the latter case, I believe it is fairly clear that we are seeing the scene through the eyes of "Jules" (Samuel L. Jackson). Thus, it is my contention that the slight alteration in the line was deliberate, an illustration of the slight differences in the perception of the same scene by different individuals.

It was too noticeable to have just been a "mistake," right?


Blogger Dale said...

That has long since bothered me and I really like that you're giving Q so much credit. It was clearly a mistake though, in the same way that me just saying that was.

6:43 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

Or could it be Tarantino's nod to Rashomon? That's how I always interpreted it.

6:57 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Old Lady said...

That scene is obliterated from my memory due to the intensity of the rest of the movie. Could be intentional.

Why did the briefcase always glow?

8:58 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

you're discounting two things:

1. Drug use
2. Weirdness

I don't think he meant to do that. He was so excited in reviving John Travolta's (thetan purification level 7) career that he just got in too big of a hurry.

9:46 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

I don't know, Keith. Tarantino is too much of a film geek to let a mistake like that slide through.

11:01 AM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger mat said...

If it was intentional, it was just to jump start conversations like these. Did he, or didn't he? Totally off subject, but if you want a good laugh, go over to AOL Music and check out the 111 Wussiest songs of all time. Definately good for a laugh, as well as a "Hey, that song shouldn't be on this list!" I won't reveal the #1, but will say this...Beth won't be pleased!

6:18 PM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Beth said...

I have to agree with AOL. As would Mr. Stipe; he hates the song so much, he gives all those royalties to charity. But "Furry Happy Monsters" rocks. Maybe I'll upload that this week.

8:11 PM, July 31, 2006  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...


"It was too noticeable to have just been a "mistake," right?"

More than likely, it was just a mistake. On every set, there is a person who is supposed to check continuity and tell the director when a gaffe like this has happened after the take. Either that person wasn't on the set or they were daydreaming.

Old Lady,

"Why did the briefcase always glow?"

It was a tribute to another movie called "Kiss Me Deadly." It was a originally a Mickey Spillane book, that got away from what the author had intended.

The briefcase was a ultimately a McGuffin, but it was also symbolic of nuclear war hanging over the World's head.

3:00 AM, August 05, 2006  

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