Pulp Fiction Movie References Guide

From The Quentin Tarantino Archives


  • Amos and Andy - A black comedy duo who were on the radio and TV in the early 20th century. (Mia's milkshake choice #1)
  • James Dean - Legendary 50s actor. A waiter in Jack Rabbit Slim's.
  • Anne Frank - Not necessarily a celebrity, but is mentioned during a deleted extended portion of the JRS's date.
  • Cary Grant - Legendary actor. In the script, instead of Jules' "Charming Pig" dialogue referencing Arnold from Green Acres, he says "It would have to be the Cary Grant of pigs".
  • Lash La Rue - The Wolf asks Vincent "What about you, Lash La Rue? Can you keep your spurs from jingling and jangling?", a reference to the famous cowboy actor.
  • Jerry Lewis - Famous comedian/actor/director. Part of Martin & Lewis. Seen in JRS's with Dean Martin.
  • Jayne Mansfield - Model/actress. Died in the 60s in a car accident. Vincent mentions her.
  • Dean Martin - Famous singer/actor. Part of Martin & Lewis. Seen in JRS's with Jerry Lewis.
  • Marilyn Monroe - Legendary film icon/sex symbol. Died in the early 60s. One of the costumed waitresses Vincent points out.

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  • Martin & Lewis - Mia's milkshake choice #2
  • Nick Nolte - Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Donna Reed - A waitress in JRS's.
  • Johnny Roventini - The Phillip Morris midget in JRS's is a reference to this 'living mascot' for the Phillip Morris company.
  • Peter Strauss - Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Ken Takakura - In the script, Butch is said to be pointing his katana downward, Ken Takakura style.
  • Mamie Van Doren - One of the costumed waitresses Vincent points out.

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  • Jimmie Walker - In the script, Jules mentions Jimmie Walker in his "You ready to blow?" rant.
  • Barbara Walters - Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Andy Warhol - Mia reference's Warhol's line about "15 Minutes of Fame".


  • Mario Bava - One of the kinds of heroin Lance (Eric Stoltz) offers Vincent (John Travolta) is "Bava", a homage to Mario Bava.
  • Joe Dante - "Monster Joe's Truck & Tow" is a homage to Director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The 'burbs).
  • Douglas Sirk - Vincent orders the Douglas Sirk steak. Director Douglas Sirk made several classic 1950s melodramas such as Written on the Wind and Magnificent Obsession. Sirk's films were usually very colorful and could be seen as cinematically delicious.


  • A Flock of Seagulls - 80s New Wave band. Jules calls Roger 'Flock of Seagulls', due to his hairstyle.
  • The Beatles - Music Group. Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • The Frames - Trudi wears a 'Frames' t-shirt.
  • Buddy Holly - A legendary 50s rock n roll singer who was killed in a plane crash. A waiter in JRS's played by Steve Buscemi.

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  • Kool & the Gang - Song "Jungle Boogie" is featured; band name referenced by Jules.
  • Madonna - Singer/actress. Fabienne says she has a bit of a tummy, like Madonna when she was doing "Lucky Star".
  • Ricky Nelson - A Ricky Nelson lookalike is performing when Mia and Vincent first arrive and JRS's.
  • Elvis Presley - Mia says "An Elvis man should love it", referring to JRS's.
  • Steppenwolf - Mia quotes Steppenwolf's song "The Pusher" after snorting coke in the bathroom of JRS's.
  • Ringo Starr - Member of the Beatles. Jules calls Pumpkin 'Ringo' due to his British accent.
  • Suzanne Vega - Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent. Vincent and Vic Vega (Reservoir Dogs) were named after Suzanne Vega, one of QT's favorite musicians.

TV Hosts/Shows/Cartoons

  • Durward Kirby: Mia orders the Durward Kirby burger from JRS's.
  • Ed Sullivan: The Maître d' of JRS's is an Ed Sullivan impersonator.
  • Archie, Betty & Veronica from Archie Comics - Referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951-53) - Mia is asked if she would like her milkshake; "Amos 'n Andy" or "Martin & Lewis".
  • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952-1966) - An impersonator of Ozzie & Harriet star Ricky Nelson is performing when Mia & Vincent first arrive at JRS's. He is playing the song "Waitin' in School", a song actually performed by Nelson on an episode of the show.
  • The Brady Bunch (1969-74) - Is referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Candid Camera - Is referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Captain Kangaroo (1955-1992)- Butch sings a lyric mentioning this show right before he's spotted by Marcellus in his car.
  • Clutch Cargo (1959) - Is the show little Butch is watching before Cpt. Koons tells him about the gold watch.
  • The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950-55) - Is the show featuring the "Martin & Lewis" comedy duo.
  • Cops (1989-)- Vincent mentions an incident involving shots fired in a hallway he saw on this show.
  • The Flintstones (1960-66) - Jody is wearing a t-shirt with Fred Flintstone on it when Vincent shows up.
  • Force Five (1975) - Is the real pilot show the idea for "Fox Force Five" is based on.
  • Good Times (1974-79) - In the original draft of the script, Jules mentions Jimmie Walker in his "You ready to blow?" rant. Presumably, he is referencing Jimmie Walker's famous line from Good Times, "Dynomite!".
  • Green Acres (1965-1971) - During the discussion of what constitutes a filthy animal, Jules says that in order for a pig's personality to be enough to outweigh it's filthiness, it would have to be at least as charming as Arnold the pig from Green Acres.
  • Gunsmoke (1955-1975) - The "Get the hell out of dodge" line said by The Wolf.
  • Happy Days (1974-1984) - Jules tells Yolanda and Pumpkin they're all going to be cool like Fonzie, the famous star of Happy Days. Jules also quotes Fonzie's famous line "Correct-amundo"
  • I Spy (1965-68) - In the original draft of the script, Raquel says to the hitmen "If they ever made 'I Spy: The Motion Picture', I'd be great." This was obviously written and excised from the film years before the actual film starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson was made, so it would have to be considered a reference to the television show.
  • Kung Fu (1972-1975) - Jules says he plans to walk the earth like the character Caine from Kung Fu.
  • Speed Racer (1967-68) - Lance is seen wearing a Speed Racer t-shirt at one point. This was also the cartoon Butch is shown to be watching in the original draft of the script.
  • The Partridge Family (1970-74)- Is referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Rich Man, Poor Man (miniseries) (1976) - Is referenced in the deleted scene where Mia interviews Vincent.
  • Three Little Bops (1957) - This Looney Toons short was referenced by Mia's "Don't Be a Square" line, in which a square is shown drawn physically in the air.
  • The Three Stooges - Lance is watching an episode of The Three Stooges, "Brideless Groom", when Vincent calls about Mia.
  • Toast of the Town (1948-1971)- The Maître d' of JRS's is an impersonator of Ed Sullivan, the host of Toast of the Town.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-79) - Mia says that a gimmick for "Fox Force Five" would have been that her character would tell a joke at some point in every episode. This is a reference to 'Welcome Back, Kotter', wherein Gabe Kotter would tell his wife an old joke at the beginning and end of each episode. John Travolta also found his first big break starring on 'Welcome Back, Kotter".
  • Zorro (1957-59) - One of the waiters in JRS's is attired in a Zorro outfit.


  • Grease: Reference to cooties. Dancing. John Travolta movie.
  • The Great Train Robbery (1903): Pumpkin & Honey Bunny's newfound method of robbery--rounding up a mass of people in a public place and stealing each's money--is taken directly from 'The Great Train Robbery'.
  • Pandora's Box (1929): Several of Mia Wallace's moves during the twist sequence are taken from 'Pandora's Box'.
  • Mad Love (1935): The backstory for Mia's Fox Force Five character, that she became a master of blades via her upbringing among circus performers; Rollo the knifethrower has the same back story in 'Mad Love'.
  • His Girl Friday (1941): Mia's line "Mind rolling me one of those?" is an almost identical quote from 'His Girl Friday'.
  • Wake Island (1942): Captain Koons refers to the Battle of Wake Island in his story.
  • Air Force (1943): Captain Koons mentions an air force gunner named Winocki in his story; the name and military position was taken from this film.
  • Murder, My Sweet (1944): During the 'Heroin Montage', the shots of Vincent driving, including the black-and-white process shot of the road behind him mirror shots from 'Murder My Sweet'.
  • It's a Wonderful Life (1946): The small path to Mia's house after the dance sequence identical to the one in this film.
  • The Killers (1946): The killing of Brett mirrors the killing of Swede in 'The Killers', including flashing lights and the shot of the two hitmen firing their weapons.
  • Out of the Past (1947): Vincent & Mia's "They" conversation inspired by dialogue from 'Out of the Past'; influential film-noir.
  • King of the Bullwhip (1950): The Wolf calls Vincent 'Lash La Rue', referencing this film's main character/actor.
  • Lili (1953): Lili draws apparent influence on Fabienne's naive, waifish French girl character, also; Lili's most treasured possession is her deceased father's gold pocket watch, unmistakably referenced in 'Pulp Fiction'.
  • On the Waterfront (1954): Draws influence on Butch's washed up boxer character. Also, the fighter Butch is supposed to take a dive against is named Wilson, the same name as the fighter Terry Malloy actually does dive against.
  • All That Heaven Allows (1955): Vincent orders the Douglas Sirk steak, referencing this film's director.
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955): The mysterious suitcase's glowing properties are inspired by this film.

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  • The Seven Year Itch (1955): Marilyn Monroe's blown-up skirt in JRS's mirrors this film's famous scene.

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  • The Ten Commandments (1956): Quoted during the deleted scene at Monster Joe's Truck and Tow.
  • Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Dragstrip Girl (1957): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957): Multiple dialogue lifts; Vincent is called 'An Elvis man'; Elvis plays main character named Vince.
  • Motorcycle Gang (1957): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.

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  • Daddy-O (1958): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.; Mia calls Vincent "daddy-o" shortly before entering JRS's.
  • High School Confidential (1958): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Machine Gun Kelly (1958): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Something for the Girls (1958): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Rio Bravo (1959): Butch insisting Zed pick up his gun is taken directly from a scene in 'Rio Bravo'.
  • Roadracers (1959): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.
  • Psycho (1960): The shot of Marcellus turning his head to see Butch in his car is taken directly from Psycho.

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  • Shoot the Piano Player (1960): Identical shot of a finger ringing a doorbell.
  • The Guns of Navarone (1961): Jules mentions this film by title during his "You Ready to Blow?" rant at Vincent.
  • The Hustler (1961): During the taxicab sequence, in the process shot of the streets behind the cab, a marquee is visible advertising 'The Hustler'.
  • Jules and Jim (1962): Is covertly referenced in Jimmie's "Don't fucking Jimmie me Jules!" rant.
  • My Life to Live (1962): Mia's dialogue pondering why people can't comfortably share silences is inspired by dialogue from this film.
  • 8 1/2 (1963): Mia and Vincent's twist mirrors the brief dance scene between Guido and Gloria.
  • Black Sabbath (1963): The three-story plot structure of Pulp Fiction is influenced by this film.
  • The Young Racers (1963): A poster for this film can be seen in JRS's.

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  • Band of Outsiders (1964): Uma Thurman and John Travolta were shown this film's famous dancing scene to give them an idea of how to perform in their own dance sequence. Mia Wallace's look was also partially influenced by Anna Karina's look in this film. Quentin Tarantino's production company is also named after this film's French title, "Bande a part".
  • Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution (1965): The shots of Jules & Vincent as they walk through the apartment building halls mirror shots of Lemmy & the "Seductress" walking down the hotel hallways; same type of hallway, same angles, use of long-take, etc.
  • Red Line 7000 (1965): The race car game seen briefly in JRS's is taken from this film. It is also mentioned in the original draft of the script by Vincent during his "Racecar in the Red" rant.
  • Batman (1966): John Travolta has said that he based some of his dance moves on the Batusi dance seen here first.

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  • Modesty Blaise (1966): Vincent reads a novelized version of 'Modesty Blaise' in the bathrooms of the diner and in Butch's apartment.

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  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966): The scene in which Jules eats Brett's food and talks to him before killing him mirrors a scene from early in 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly'.
  • The Graduate (1967): The popping toaster at the end of the sequence where Ben Braddock tells his parents about his wedding plans is referenced in the scene where Butch kills Vincent. Also, Jules' "Believe it now!" line is inspired by dialogue from this film.
  • In Cold Blood (1967): 'In Cold Blood' features the earliest use of the "Trunk Shot" later made famous in Tarantino's films.
  • Speedway (1968): The automobile dining tables in JRS's are taken from 'Speedway'.

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  • Easy Rider (1969): "Grace", the chopper motorcycle that Butch & Fabienne ride at the film's end is a reference to 'Easy Rider'. Mia Wallace also quotes "The Pusher", 'Easy Rider's opening song.

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  • The Wild Bunch (1969): The opening robbery and subsequent freeze-frame directly reference the opening scenes of 'The Wild Bunch'.
  • The AristoCats (1970): Uma Thurman was told to dance like Duchess from The AristoCats for her dance sequence.
  • Nam's Angels (a.k.a. "The Losers") (1970): This is the film on television when Butch wakes up after coming home from the match.


  • A Clockwork Orange (1971): The infamous basement rape sequence references the equally notorious rape scenes in 'A Clockwork Orange', including the orange gag balls used on the victims and pop music used in contrast.
  • The Panic in Needle Park (1971): The scenes in Lance's house after Mia OD's directly reference scenes from 'The Panic in Needle Park', including dialogue and use of handheld camera.
  • Shaft (1971): Jules' Bad Mother fucker wallet is a direct reference to Shaft's main theme song.
  • Cabaret (1972): The font used for Pulp Fiction's production company credits is taken from Cabaret's opening credit font.
  • Deliverance (1972): The scenes involving Zed raping Marcellus are inspired by scenes from this film.


  • Charley Varrick (1973): The line "They're gonna strip you naked and go to work on you with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch." from this film is paraphrased by Marcellus Wallace in reference to how he's going to punish Zed.
  • Coffy (1973): Jimmie Dimmick's wife Bonnie is an African-American nurse that works the night shift, an homage to Coffy.

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  • Super Fly T.N.T. (1973): Is one of the films mentioned as an indication of Jules' anger during his "You Ready to Blow?" rant.
  • Walking Tall (1973): The baseball bat Butch wields briefly in Maynard's shop is a reference to Walking Tall.
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974): Scenes in 'The Gold Watch' segment, including the outdoor gundown & Marcellus Wallace being hit by a car and rolling off the hood are directly inspired by scenes in 'The Godfather: Part II'.
  • McQ (1974): The scene where Butch uses the submachine gun is inspired by McQ.
  • Policewomen (1974): The font and font coloring used for the opening title sequence of Pulp Fiction was taken from this film.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): As Butch sorts through weapons, deciding which to use on Zed and Maynard, one of the ones he picks up is a chainsaw. This is a reference to this film.
  • Truck Turner (1974): The "That's my wife" gag between Vincent and Lance is taken from 'Truck Turner'.
  • Zardoz (1974): The inspiration for the character name "Zed" and the line "Zed's dead" are taken from this film.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975): Antwan Rockamora's nickname, "Tony Rocky Horror", is inspired by this film's title.
  • Three Days of the Condor (1975): Vincent Vega's death in the bathroom is cited from a similar scene in this film.

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  • Foxforce (1976): "Fox Force Five", the failed action show Mia starred in is a reference to "Foxforce"; the plots of both revolve around an ethnically diverse squad of females with unique skills.
  • Karate Kiba (1976): Jules' paraphrased "Ezekiel 25:17" speech is taken directly from the opening sequence of 'The Bodyguard'.
  • Rocky (1976): Upon returning to the hotel, Butch, having emerged victorious from a severe beating, calls out Fabienne's name like Rocky calling to Adrian.
  • Taxi Driver (1976): The shot of Esmeralda's taxi license is taken from 'Taxi Driver'.

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  • Rolling Thunder (1977): Captain Koons' 7 years of imprisonment is a reference to Major Charles Rane's 7 years imprisonment in 'Rolling Thunder'.
  • Saturday Night Fever (1977) - Disco referenced by Mia, while talking to 'Fever' star John Travolta.
  • American Boy: A Profile of: Steve Prince (1978): Lance's explanation on how to administer the adrenaline shot is taken practically verbatim from an anecdote related in this documentary.
  • The Deer Hunter (1978): Christopher Walken's role as a Vietnam veteran alludes to his previous role as the same in 'The Deer Hunter'.
  • The Driver (1978): The shot and setup of Vincent skidding out into the road with Mia ODing is taken from the opening chase of 'The Driver'.
  • The Fury (1978): Vincent's line about the car going over a bump causing his gun to go off is inspired by dialogue from this film.
  • Halloween (1978): In the script, Tarantino's description of the "Stabbing motion" Lance demonstrates is referred to as "'The Shape' killing it's victims in 'Halloween'"
  • The Toolbox Murders (1978): One of the weapons Butch wields in Maynard's shop is a claw hammer, a reference to this film's weapons.
  • Apocalypse Now (1979): Captain Koons' saying that he would want someone to tell his son everything that had happened to him, had he not survived the war is inspired by dialogue from this film.
  • The Warriors (1979): Identical closeup shot of lips speaking into microphone/needle on vinyl record.

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  • Dressed to Kill (1980): Mia's line about powdering her nose references a line from 'Dressed to Kill'.
  • Raging Bull (1980): Fabienne's "I like the way you stink" dialogue is inspired by dialogue from 'Raging Bull'.
  • Urban Cowboy (1980): Mia Wallace calls Vincent a cowboy. Vincent is played by John Travolta, who previously starred in Urban Cowboy.
  • The Dead Zone (1983): Winston Wolf tells Jules and Vincent "It's your future: I see...a cab ride." in reference to Johnny Smith's powers in The Dead Zone.
  • The Evil That Men Do (1984): Butch and Fabienne's dialogue about Butch talking in his sleep is taken from 'The Evil That Men Do'.
  • Once Upon a Time in America (1984): The briefcase scenes in Pulp Fiction directly reference those in Once Upon a Time in America.
  • Stranger Than Paradise (1984): Jules & Vincent's brief exchange about 'the invention called television' references dialogue from this film.
  • Fandango (1985): Both films feature a dictionary definition of its title preceding the film.
  • The Color of Money (1986): Winston's line to Raquel about her not having character simply because she is one is taken from this film.
  • Mona Lisa (1986): In the scenes following the JRS's twist contest, Mia wears the same heavy gray overcoat as Simone in 'Mona Lisa'.
  • RoboCop (1987): In the script, while Vincent is driving Mia to Lances, he is described as having one hand firmly on the wheel and the other shifting like RoboCop.
  • School Daze (1988): In the car, leaving KFC, one of Da Fellas says, "My name is Paul and this is between y'all."
  • God of Gamblers (1989): Every time Vincent goes to the bathroom, something bad is shown to happen. This is a plot aspect taken from God of Gamblers.
  • Wild at Heart (1990): Lookalikes of main characters Sailor & Lulu can be seen sitting in a Cadillac during the dance sequence.
  • Beauty & the Beast (1991): Referenced during the deleted scene at Monster Joe's Truck and Tow.
  • Curdled (1991): The basis for the character Esmeralda Villalobos is taken from the main character of this film, also played by Angela Jones.
  • Night on Earth (1991): Butch & Esmeralda's taxi cab conversation mirrors the five taxi cab stories in 'Night on Earth', down to shot composition and the nature of their passenger-driver relationship.
  • The Crying Game (1992) When Mia sings/dances to "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", her moves mimic Dil's as she sings/dances to 'The Crying Game'; Mia's hairstyle is identical to Jude's in the second half of the film.
  • Eddie Presley (1992): Duane Whitaker (Maynard) asks "Is it Tuesday or Wednesday?" the same question as he asks in Eddie Presley.
  • Unforgiven (1992): Both films feature a character named 'English Bob'.
  • Point of No Return (1993): Harvey Keitel's character in PF, "The Wolf", is based on his character "Victor the Cleaner" in this film.
  • True Romance (1993): Fabienne says "Any time of day is a good time for pie." This line was first heard in True Romance, also written by Tarantino.
  • Natural Born Killers (1994): "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" sequence in both films.

Tarantino Movies

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  • The suit that Jackie buys is the same that Mia Wallace wears in Pulp Fiction (1994).

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  • Director Trademark: Classic trunk Shot
  • Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [corpse view] After Ordell is shot and killed, the camera points up from his "head" and we see Jackie, Max, and Ray looking down at his body.
  • Director Trademark: [Quentin Tarantino] [bare feet] Melanie is barefoot in all the scenes that take place in the apartment.
  • Director Trademark [long shot] When Jackie leaves the dressing room after making the switch.
  • Director Trademark [singing along to music] Melanie sings along in the car.
  • Director Trademark : Jackie Brown looking in the mirror.

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  • Director Trademark : the vinyl record player close up like in Pulp Fiction and Death Proof.

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  • Butch uses a samurai sword just like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol 1.

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  • The gas can used by Mr Blonde in Reservoir Dogs is found in Vincent's car trunk.

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  • Lance eats Fruit Brute cereal also seen in Mr Orange's apartment in Reservoir Dogs.

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  • Jules eats a Big Kahuna Burger like the Gecko Brothers in From Dusk Till Dawn.

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  • Butch and Mia both smoke red Apple like most of the characters in Tarantino's movies.

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  • Close up on Uma Thurman's lips, also seen in Kill Bill Vol 1

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