One of the top 10 favourite films for movie lovers, the classic crime drama “Pulp Fiction”, released in 1994 and, the greatest Quentin Tarantino‘s masterpiece, has a thrilling and spectacular soundtrack. I couldn’t leave it out of my special list of 28 best film soundtracks of the past 3 decades . Created by Tarantino and Roger Avary, the motion picture tells several stories of criminal Los Angeles. Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, the film became a commercial and critical success, and it had a huge impact on independent cinema due to the great Marketing and Distribution strategies.
Directed in a highly stylised way, “Pulp Fiction” tells three different intertwined stories about two professional killers, the gangster who heads them and his wife, a boxer paid to lose a fight, and a couple robbing a restaurant in Los Angeles, in the 90s. Most of the time, the narrative is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ life perspectives and sense of humour.
It is undeniable to say that the soundtrack played an important role in the success of the movie. It not only reached 21st place on the Billboard 200, but it was also certified platinum album three times and put Urge Overkill cover artist on the chart for an alternative Neil Diamond song, “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”.
However, the great contribution of this iconic Pulp Fiction soundtrack, created by Tarantino, inspired by his musical influences, was the fact that he and his producers managed to give new life to classic songs of artists such as Al Green, Dusty Springfield, Chuck Berry and Rick Nelson.
Play the soundtrack below and have fun!
The title Pulp Fiction refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence. It is also known for its punchy dialogues, an ironic mixture of humour and violence, non-linear narrative, a series of allusions to other cinematographic productions, and pop culture’s references.
“Pulp Fiction” was nominated for seven Oscars, including “Best film”. Tarantino and Avary won the award for “Best Original Screenplay”. They also won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, in 1994.
Pulp Fiction boosted the careers of its protagonist, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Actor”, as well as Samuel L. Jackson, nominated for an Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor” and Uma Thurman, nominated for an Oscar for “Best-Supporting Actress”.