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tarantino in film analysis class (Pulp Fiction)
INT. '74 CHEVY (MOVING) – MORNING
An old gas guzzling, dirty, white 1974 Chevy Nova BARRELS
down a homeless-ridden street in Hollywood. In the front
seat are two young fellas – one white, one black – both
wearing cheap black suits with thin black ties under long
green dusters. Their names are VINCENT VEGA (white) and JULES
WINNFIELD (black). Jules is behind the wheel.
JULES – Okay now, tell me about the hash bars? VINCENT What so you want to know? JULES Well, hash is legal there, right? VINCENT Yeah, it's legal, but is ain't a hundred percent legal. I mean you can't walk into a restaurant, roll a joint, and start puffin' away. You're only supposed to smoke in your home or certain designated places. JULES Those are hash bars? VINCENT Yeah, it breaks down like this: it's legal to buy it, it's legal to own it and, if you're the proprietor of a hash bar, it's legal to sell it. It's legal to carry it, which doesn't really matter 'cause – get a load of this – if the cops stop you, it's illegal for this to search you. Searching you is a right that the cops in Amsterdam don't have. JULES That did it, man – I'm fuckin' goin', that's all there is to it. VINCENT You'll dig it the most. But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is? JULES What? VINCENT It's the little differences. A lotta the same shit we got here, they got there, but there they're a little different. JULES Examples? VINCENT Well, in Amsterdam, you can buy beer in a movie theatre. And I don't mean in a paper cup either. They give you a glass of beer, like in a bar. In Paris, you can buy beer at MacDonald's. Also, you know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? JULES They don't call it a Quarter Pounder with Cheese? VINCENT No, they got the metric system there, they wouldn't know what the fuck a Quarter Pounder is. JULES What'd they call it? VINCENT Royale with Cheese. JULES (repeating) Royale with Cheese. What'd they call a Big Mac? VINCENT Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac. JULES Le Big Mac. What do they call a Whopper? VINCENT I dunno, I didn't go into a Burger King. But you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup? JULES What? VINCENT Mayonnaise. JULES Goddamn! VINCENT I seen 'em do it. And I don't mean a little bit on the side of the plate, they fuckin' drown 'em in it. JULES Uuccch! CUT TO: INT. CHEVY (TRUNK) – MORNING The trunk of the Chevy OPENS UP, Jules and Vincent reach inside, taking out two .45 Automatics, loading and cocking them. JULES We should have shotguns for this kind of deal. VINCENT How many up there? JULES Three or four. VINCENT Counting our guy? JULES I'm not sure. VINCENT So there could be five guys up there? JULES It's possible. VINCENT We should have fuckin' shotguns. They CLOSE the trunk. CUT TO: EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING COURTYARD – MORNING Vincent and Jules, their long matching overcoats practically dragging on the ground, walk through the courtyard of what looks like a hacienda-style Hollywood apartment building. We TRACK alongside. VINCENT What's her name? JULES Mia. VINCENT How did Marsellus and her meet? JULES I dunno, however people meet people. She usta be an actress. VINCENT She ever do anything I woulda saw? JULES I think her biggest deal was she starred in a pilot. VINCENT What's a pilot? JULES Well, you know the shows on TV? VINCENT I don't watch TV. JULES Yes, but you're aware that there's an invention called television, and on that invention they show shows? VINCENT Yeah. JULES Well, the way they pick the shows on TV is they make one show, and that show's called a pilot. And they show that one show to the people who pick the shows, and on the strength of that one show, they decide if they want to make more shows. Some get accepted and become TV programs, and some don't, and become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing. They enter the apartment building. INT. RECEPTION AREA (APARTMENT BUILDING) – MORNING Vincent and Jules walk through the reception area and wait for the elevator. JULES You remember Antwan Rockamora? Half- black, half-Samoan, usta call him Tony Rocky Horror. VINCENT Yeah maybe, fat right? JULES I wouldn't go so far as to call the brother fat. He's got a weight problem. What's the nigger gonna do, he's Samoan. VINCENT I think I know who you mean, what about him? JULES Well, Marsellus fucked his ass up good. And word around the campfire, it was on account of Marsellus Wallace's wife. The elevator arrives, the men step inside. INT. ELEVATOR – MORNING VINCENT What'd he do, fuck her? JULES No no no no no no no, nothin' that bad. VINCENT Well what then? JULES He gave her a foot massage. VINCENT A foot massage? Jules nods his head: "Yes." VINCENT That's all? Jules nods his head: "Yes." VINCENT What did Marsellus do? JULES Sent a couple of guys over to his place. They took him out on the patio of his apartment, threw his ass over the balcony. Nigger fell four stories. They had this garden at the bottom, enclosed in glass, like one of them greenhouses – nigger fell through that. Since then, he's kinda developed a speech impediment. The elevator doors open, Jules and Vincent exit. VINCENT That's a damn shame. INT. APARTMENT BUILDING HALLWAY – MORNING STEADICAM in front of Jules and Vincent as they make a beeline down the hall. VINCENT Still I hafta say, play with matches, ya get burned. JULES Whaddya mean? VINCENT You don't be givin' Marsellus Wallace's new bride a foot massage. JULES You don't think he overreacted? VINCENT Antwan probably didn't expect Marsellus to react like he did, but he had to expect a reaction. JULES It was a foot massage, a foot massage is nothing, I give my mother a foot massage. VINCENT It's laying hands on Marsellus Wallace's new wife in a familiar way. Is it as bad as eatin' her out – no, but you're in the same fuckin' ballpark. Jules stops Vincent. JULES Whoa... whoa... whoa... stop right there. Eatin' a bitch out, and givin' a bitch a foot massage ain't even the same fuckin' thing. VINCENT Not the same thing, the same ballpark. JULES It ain't no ballpark either. Look maybe your method of massage differs from mine, but touchin' his lady's feet, and stickin' your tongue in her holyiest of holyies, ain't the same ballpark, ain't the same league, ain't even the same fuckin' sport. Foot massages don't mean shit. VINCENT Have you ever given a foot massage? JULES Don't be tellin' me about foot massages – I'm the foot fuckin' master. VINCENT Given a lot of 'em? JULES Shit yeah. I got my technique down man, I don't tickle or nothin'. VINCENT Have you ever given a guy a foot massage? Jules looks at him a long moment – he's been set up. JULES Fuck you. He starts walking down the hall. Vincent, smiling, walks a little bit behind. VINCENT How many? JULES Fuck you. VINCENT Would you give me a foot massage – I'm kinda tired. JULES Man, you best back off, I'm gittin' pissed – this is the door. The two men stand in front of the door numbered "49." They whisper. JULES What time is it? VINCENT (checking his watch) Seven-twenty-two in the morning. JULES It ain't quite time, let's hang back. They move a little away from the door, facing each other, still whispering. JULES Look, just because I wouldn't give no man a foot massage, don't make it right for Marsellus to throw Antwan off a building into a glass- motherfuckin-house, fuckin' up the way the nigger talks. That ain't right, man. Motherfucker do that to me, he better paralyze my ass, 'cause I'd kill'a motherfucker. VINCENT I'm not sayin' he was right, but you're sayin' a foot massage don't mean nothing, and I'm sayin' it does. I've given a million ladies a million foot massages and they all meant somethin'. We act like they don't, but they do. That's what's so fuckin' cool about 'em. This sensual thing's goin' on that nobody's talkin about, but you know it and she knows it, fuckin' Marsellus knew it, and Antwan shoulda known fuckin' better. That's his fuckin' wife, man. He ain't gonna have a sense of humor about that shit. JULES That's an interesting point, but let's get into character. VINCENT What's her name again? JULES Mia. Why you so interested in big man's wife? VINCENT Well, Marsellus is leavin' for Florida and when he's gone, he wants me to take care of Mia. JULES Take care of her? Making a gun out of his finger and placing it to his head. VINCENT Not that! Take her out. Show her a good time. Don't let her get lonely. JULES You're gonna be takin' Mia Wallace out on a date? VINCENT It ain't a date. It's like when you and your buddy's wife go to a movie or somethin'. It's just... you know... good company. Jules just looks at him. VINCENT It's not a date. Jules just looks at him. INT. APARTMENT (ROOM 49) – MORNING THREE YOUNG GUYS, obviously in over their heads, sit at a table with hamburgers, french fries and soda pops laid out. One of them flips the LOUD BOLT on the door, opening it to REVEAL Jules and Vincent in the hallway. JULES Hey kids. The two men stroll inside. The three young caught-off-guard Guys are: MARVIN, the black young man, who open the door, will, as the scene progresses, back into the corner. ROGER, a young blond-haired surfer kid with a "Flock of Seagulls" haircut, who has yet to say a word, sits at the table with a big sloppy hamburger in his hand. BRETT, a white, preppy-looking sort with a blow-dry haircut. Vincent and Jules take in the place, with their hands in their pockets. Jules is the one who does the talking. JULES How you boys doin'? No answer. JULES (to Brett) Am I trippin', or did I just ask you a question. BRETT We're doin' okay. As Jules and Brett talk, Vincent moves behind the young Guys. JULES Do you know who we are? Brett shakes his head: "No." JULES We're associates of your business partner Marsellus Wallace, you remember your business partner dont'ya? No answer. JULES (to Brett) Now I'm gonna take a wild guess here: you're Brett, right? BRETT I'm Brett. JULES I thought so. Well, you remember your business partner Marsellus Wallace, dont'ya Brett? BRETT I remember him. JULES Good for you. Looks like me and Vincent caught you at breakfast, sorry 'bout that. What'cha eatin'? BRETT Hamburgers. JULES Hamburgers. The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast. What kinda hamburgers? BRETT Cheeseburgers. JULES No, I mean where did you get'em? MacDonald's, Wendy's, Jack-in-the- Box, where? BRETT Big Kahuna Burger. JULES Big Kahuna Burger. That's that Hawaiian burger joint. I heard they got some tasty burgers. I ain't never had one myself, how are they? BRETT They're good. JULES Mind if I try one of yours? BRETT No. JULES Yours is this one, right? BRETT Yeah. Jules grabs the burger and take a bite of it. JULES Uuummmm, that's a tasty burger. (to Vincent) Vince, you ever try a Big Kahuna Burger? VINCENT No. Jules holds out the Big Kahuna. JULES You wanna bite, they're real good. VINCENT I ain't hungry. JULES Well, if you like hamburgers give 'em a try sometime. Me, I can't usually eat 'em 'cause my girlfriend's a vegetarian. Which more or less makes me a vegetarian, but I sure love the taste of a good burger. (to Brett) You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in France? BRETT No. JULES Tell 'em, Vincent. VINCENT Royale with Cheese. JULES Royale with Cheese, you know why they call it that? BRETT Because of the metric system? JULES Check out the big brain on Brett. You'a smart motherfucker, that's right. The metric system. (he points to a fast food drink cup) What's in this? BRETT Sprite. JULES Sprite, good, mind if I have some of your tasty beverage to wash this down with? BRETT Sure. Jules grabs the cup and takes a sip. JULES Uuuuummmm, hit's the spot! (to Roger) You, Flock of Seagulls, you know what we're here for? Roger nods his head: "Yes." JULES Then why don't you tell my boy here Vince, where you got the shit hid. MARVIN It's under the be – JULES – I don't remember askin' you a goddamn thing. (to Roger) You were sayin'? ROGER It's under the bed. Vincent moves to the bed, reaches underneath it, pulling out a black snap briefcase. VINCENT Got it. Vincent flips the two locks, opening the case. We can't see what's inside, but a small glow emits from the case. Vincent just stares at it, transfixed. JULES We happy? No answer from the transfixed Vincent. JULES Vincent! Vincent looks up at Jules. JULES We happy? Closing the case. VINCENT We're happy. BRETT (to Jules) Look, what's your name? I got his name's Vincent, but what's yours? JULES My name's Pitt, and you ain't talkin' your ass outta this shit. BRETT I just want you to know how sorry we are about how fucked up things got between us and Mr. Wallace. When we entered into this thing, we only had the best intentions – As Brett talks, Jules takes out his gun and SHOOTS Roger three times in the chest, BLOWING him out of his chair. Vince smiles to himself. Jules has got style. Brett has just shit his pants. He's not crying or whimpering, but he's so full of fear, it's as if his body is imploding. JULES (to Brett) Oh, I'm sorry. Did that break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue. I believe you were saying something about "best intentions." Brett can't say a word. JULES Whatsamatter? Oh, you were through anyway. Well, let me retort. Would you describe for me what Marsellus Wallace looks like? Brett still can't speak. Jules SNAPS, SAVAGELY TIPPING the card table over, removing the only barrier between himself and Brett. Brett now sits in a lone chair before Jules like a political prisoner in front of an interrogator. JULES What country you from! BRETT (petrified) What? JULES "What" ain't no country I know! Do they speak English in "What?" BRETT (near heart attack) What? JULES English-motherfucker-can-you-speak- it? BRETT Yes. JULES Then you understand what I'm sayin'? BRETT Yes. JULES Now describe what Marsellus Wallace looks like! BRETT (out of fear) What? Jules takes his .45 and PRESSES the barrel HARD in Brett's cheek. JULES Say "What" again! C'mon, say "What" again! I dare ya, I double dare ya motherfucker, say "What" one more goddamn time! Brett is regressing on the spot. JULES Now describe to me what Marsellus Wallace looks like! Brett does his best. BRETT Well he's... he's... black – JULES – go on! BRETT ...and he's... he's... bald – JULES – does he look like a bitch?! BRETT (without thinking) What? Jules' eyes go to Vincent, Vincent smirks, Jules rolls his eyes and SHOOT Brett in the shoulder. Brett SCREAMS, breaking into a SHAKING/TREMBLING SPASM in the chair. JULES Does-he-look-like-a-bitch?! BRETT (in agony) No. JULES Then why did you try to fuck 'im like a bitch?! BRETT (in spasm) I didn't. Now in a lower voice. JULES Yes ya did Brett. Ya tried ta fuck 'im. You ever read the Bible, Brett? BRETT (in spasm) Yes. JULES There's a passage I got memorized, seems appropriate for this situation: Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. 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. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you." The two men EMPTY their guns at the same time on the sitting Brett.
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