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Pulp Fiction

Following his ultra-hip, gangster-cool debut, Reservoir Dogs, writer-director Quentin Tarantino delivered an equally confident and more ambitious second film. Multiple storylines interweave as characters from one thread bump into those of another, and time sequences are thrown into disarray as the plots unfurl inside-out and upside-down, introducing us to a brutal Los Angeles milieu populated by gangster junkies, honest thieves and tender murderers. Mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) entrusts low-rent hit men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) to collect a stolen briefcase. He also pays off ageing boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight - a literal fall from grace that sits awkwardly with Butch's competitive spirit. The fates of these characters collide after Marsellus asks Vincent to entertain his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) in his absence and the cool cats head down to Jack Rabbit Slims for a hip-swivelling turn on the dance floor.