Quentin Tarantino (info)

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.
“ He is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, an aestheticization of violence, utilization of ensemble casts consisting of established and lesser-known performers, references to popular culture, soundtracks primarily containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, and features of neo-noir film … “

In January of 1992, first-time writer-director Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992) appeared at the Sundance Film Festival. The film garnered critical acclaim and the director became a legend immediately. Two years later, he followed up Dogs success with Pulp Fiction(1994) which premiered at the Cannes film festival, winning the coveted Palme D'Or Award. At the 1995 Academy Awards, it was nominated for the best picture, best director and best original screenplay. Tarantino and writing partner Roger Avary came away with the award only for best original screenplay. In 1995, Tarantino directed one fourth of the anthology Four Rooms (1995) with friends and fellow auteurs Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Allison Anders. The film opened December 25 in the United States to very weak reviews. Tarantino's next film was Abierto hasta el amanecer (1996), a vampire/crime story which he wrote and co-starred with George Clooney. The film did fairly well theatrically.

Since then, Tarantino has helmed several critically and financially successful films, including Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003), Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004),Malditos bastardos (2009), and Django desencadenado (2012). - IMDb Mini Biography By: Kale Whorton <nikko11@mind.net>

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Lead characters usually drive General Motors vehicles, particularly Chevrolet and Cadillac, such as Jules' 1974 Nova and Vincent's 1960s Malibu.

Briefcases and suitcases play an important role in Pulp Fiction (1994), Reservoir Dogs(1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Amor a quemarropa (1993) and Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004).

Makes references to cult movies and television

Frequently works with Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Uma Thurman, Michael Bowen, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz.

His films usually have a shot from inside a car trunk

He always has a Dutch element in his films: The opening tune, "Little Green Bag", inReservoir Dogs (1992) was performed by George Baker Selection and written by Jan Gerbrand Visser and Benjamino Bouwens who are all Dutch. The character Freddy Newandyke, played by Tim Roth is a direct translation to a typical Dutch last name, Nieuwendijk. The code name of Tim Roth is Mr. Orange, the royal color of Holland and the last name of the royal family. The Amsterdam conversation in Pulp Fiction (1994), Vincent Vega smokes from a Dutch tobacco shag (Drum), the mentioning of Rutger Hauer inJackie Brown (1997), the bride's name is Beatrix, the name of the Royal Dutch Queen.

[The Mexican Standoff] All his movies (including Amor a quemarropa (1993), which he only wrote and did not direct) feature a scene in which three or more characters are pointing guns at each other at the same time.

Often uses an unconventional storytelling device in his films, such as retrospect (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), non-linear (Pulp Fiction (1994)), or "chapter" format (_Kill Bill: Vol.1 (2003)_).

His films will often include one long, unbroken take where a character is followed around somewhere.

Often casts comedians in small roles: Steven Wright as the disc jockey in Reservoir Dogs(1992), Kathy Griffin as an accident witness and Julia Sweeney as the junkyard guy's daughter in Pulp Fiction (1994), Chris Tucker as Beaumont in Jackie Brown (1997), Mike Myers as General Ed Fenech in Malditos bastardos (2009), and Jonah Hill in Django desencadenado (2012).

Widely imitated quick cuts of character's hands performing actions in extreme closeup, a technique reminiscent of Brian De Palma.

Long close-up of a person's face while someone else speaks off-screen (close-up of The Bride while Bill talks, of Butch while Marsellus talks).

[Aliases] He uses aliases in nearly all of his movies: Honey Bunny and Pumpkin from Pulp Fiction (1994), Mr White, Blonde, Orange etc. from Reservoir Dogs (1992). Bill's team inKill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) (Black Mamba, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and California Mountain Snake), The Basterds and other major characters in Malditos bastardos (2009)

[Director's Cameo] Often plays a small role in all his films (ex.) (Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jimmie Dimmick in Pulp Fiction (1994), the answering machine voice inJackie Brown (1997), The Rapist in Grindhouse (2007) and Warren in Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007)).

Frequently uses mêlée weapons, such as the "samurai sword" (Katana) that Butch uses inPulp Fiction (1994) and The Bride uses in the Kill Bill films, also the stake attached to a jackhammer used by George Clooney in Abierto hasta el amanecer (1996).

Extreme violence, much of which is suggested off-screen

Frequently has a female character who wears a black and white pant suit (Uma Thurmanin Pulp Fiction (1994), Pam Grier in Jackie Brown (1997), Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004)).

Often creates fictional brands of objects due to his dislike of product placement. The Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna burger established in Pulp Fiction (1994) are often referenced in his other films.

Frequently sets his films in Los Angeles, California

Often frames characters with doorways and shows them opening and closing doors.

Minor character dialogue is off-screen in his films

A character cooly talks through an intense situation, either delaying the occurrence of violence or avoiding it through resolution.

Interjects scenes with introduction of a character's background (Hugo Stieglitz is introduced in the middle of the Nazi torture scene in _Inglorious Basterds (2009)_, O-Ren is introduced with an interuption in the main story in _Kill Bill: Vol.1 (2003)_).

Frequently uses Spanish classical guitar for the soundtracks

Known for giving comebacks to "forgotten" actors and/or cult actors by giving them important roles in his movies: John Travolta (Pulp Fiction (1994)), David Carradine (Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004)), Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown (1997)), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown (1997)), Shin'ichi Chiba (Kill Bill. Volumen 1(2003))... even in smaller/cameo roles: Sid Haig (Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004)), Edward Bunker (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), Rod Taylor in _Inglorious Basterds (2009)_) and Michael Parks (Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003), Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004) and_From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)_).

Frequently references his home state Tennessee in his films: In Pulp Fiction (1994), Butch plans to meet his connection in Knoxville, which is also where his grandfather bought the gold watch; the song "Tennessee Stud" by Johnny Cash appears in Jackie Brown (1997);Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007) is set in Lebanon, Tennessee; Lt.. Aldo Raine in Malditos bastardos (2009) hails from Maynardville, Tennessee.

Often interjects titles to tell the audience of a new portion of the story. (Character names in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Chapter form in Malditos bastardos (2009), Explanations of what audience will see such as in Pulp Fiction (1994))

Characters frequently use the phrase bingo

Shots with only a woman's bare feet (Uma Thurman is barefoot in the introduction of Mia in Pulp Fiction (1994) and while the Bride is sitting in the back of Buck's truck trying to move her big toe in _Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)_. In Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007) Sydney Tamiia Poitier (Jungle Julia) is barefoot almost constantly and Rosario Dawson(Abernathy) has her feet hanging out the window of a car while she is asleep) or characters who discuss bare feet (Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) discusses the ethics of foot massages with Vincent (John Travolta) in Pulp Fiction (1994), In Grindhouse: Death Proof(2007) Abernathy (Rosario Dawson) talks about Stuntman Mike ('Kurt Russell') bumping into her feet when he walks by.

Prefers to start most of his films with a scene before the main titles are shown

All of his films feature one or more scenes in a restaurant

Characters often utilize sharp, bladed weapons. (Mr. Blonde uses a straight razor to cut off Marvin Nash's ear in _Reservoir Dogs (1993)_, Butch uses a samurai sword to kill Maynard in Pulp Fiction (1994), The Bride uses a samurai sword to kill several characters in _Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)_ and _Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)_, Lt. Aldo Raine uses a Bowie knife to cut a swastika in Col. Hans Landa's forehead in _Inglorious Basterds (2009)_, Vernita Greene fights The Bride with a butcher knife in _Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)_)

Often shows a relationship between an older experienced character and a younger character in a manner similar to a parent or teacher

Cleft chin

His characters often discuss their favorite films or series while carrying out their activities

His films often feature at least one character who is deeply religious or spiritual and tries to reconcile that faith with their actions (Jules in Pulp Fiction (1994), Jacob in Abierto hasta el amanecer (1996)).

Revenge is a common theme in his films

Often frames dialogue scenes around a character preparing food, usually intercut with close-ups of their hands and food items: Vernita Green making her daughter cereal in Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003), Bill making B.B. a sandwich in Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004), Hans Landa offering Shosanna Dreyfus a strudel in Malditos bastardos (2009), King Schultz pouring beers in Django desencadenado (2012).

Usually when giving an interview, he will greet the audience with a peace sign

Many of his protagonists are morally suspect, violent-tempered individuals who ultimately best their antagonists by outmatching them in sheer brutality

Colorful main antagonists with an elaborately thoughtout, vivid but extremely twisted (and often bigoted) world view and philosophy

Scenes are more often than not loaded with homages or visual references to other director's works

Often times, the violence in his films is over exagerrated and rooted in a darkly comic context.

Never includes his name in a director's credit in the opening titles of his films. The credits always end with the name of his producer(s).

Soundtracks often feature dialogue from their respective films.

It is common for the antagonist character in Quentin Tarantino films to have a low or non-existent on-screen body count, although many can be seen to torture others, kill off-screen or order others to kill. Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs (1992), Marsellus Wallace from Pulp Fiction (1994), Bill from _Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)_ and _Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004)_ and Calvin Candie from Django desencadenado (2012) don't kill anyone on-screen, Hans Landa from Malditos bastardos (2009) kills one person on-screen, Ordell from Jackie Brown (1997) kills two on-screen but Stuntman Mike from Grindhouse: Death Proof(2007) kills several on-screen.

Almost always uses pre-recorded music for his films

Frantic scenes are often intercut with a character taking their time and behaving methodically

Was sued by Don Murphy for $5,000,000, accused of assault. Tarantino attacked Murphy in restaurant, slammed him against the wall and punched him. [November 1997]

Together with Lawrence Bender founded record company called A Band Apart Records. It will focus on film soundtracks and its releases will be distributed through Maverick Records, owned by Madonna. [July 1997]

Was planning to direct an episode of Expediente X (1993) but refused to join the Director's Guild of America. The Guild refused his request for a waiver so that he could direct the series. [November 1996]

Claims that Tarantino acted in the film Zombi. El regreso de los muertos vivientes (1978) or the film King Lear (1987) are incorrect. Quentin falsely listed these credits years ago on his acting resume to compensate for his lack of experience and these incorrect credits have subsequently been attributed to him in such places as Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide and the Cinemania CD ROM.

First noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit", which was written in 1985.

Tarantino claims that James Best taught him how to act.

Collects old board games having to do with television series like Mi bella genio (1965), El sheriff chiflado (1979), El equipo A (1983), etc.

In all of his original screenplays, the name of a police detective named Scagnetti is referred to at least once. Most of the times, the particular scene was cut out of the final versions.

He was an unlisted screenwriter for Tony Scott's Marea roja (1995). He was brought in to punch up the script's dialogue, reportedly adding the Silver Surfer scene, submarine movie scene, racist horse monologue among other polishes.

He delayed production of Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) several months when Uma Thurmanbecame pregnant. He refused to recast her, as he had written the role specifically for her, based on an idea the two conceived on the set of Pulp Fiction (1994).

Is a huge fan of The Three Stooges.

His parents are Tony Tarantino and Connie McHugh. His father is from New York, and Quentin's paternal grandparents, Dominic James Tarantino and Elizabeth Jean Salvaggio, had Italian ancestry. Quentin's mother was born in LaFollette, Tennessee, to Edwin William McHugh and Betty June Woody, was raised in Ohio, and has English and Irish ancestry.

Although he uses both elements in his films, he strongly detests violence and drugs.

Is listed in the acknowledgments of actor Ethan Hawke's novel, "Ash Wednesday".

Two of Tarantino's favorite films are Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) (which he owns a 35mm copy of) and Star Trek II - La ira de Khan (1982), which he references in Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003).

Was the head judge at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where Pulp Fiction (1994) won the Palme D'or, the top honor, only ten years earlier.

Considers A través del huracán (1966) one of the finest Westerns ever made, even writing an extensive article about it for Sight & Sound magazine titled A Rare Sorrow. The article was featured in the Pulp Fiction (1994) Special Edition DVD as an extra and also appears in Paul A. Woods' Film Geek Files (pgs. 129-132). Interestingly, the director of Ride in the Whirlwind, Monte Hellman, was the executive producer of Reservoir Dogs(1992).

Good friends with Robert Rodriguez and Kristin Chenoweth.

He has called Uma Thurman his muse.

Named after the Burt Reynolds character Quint Asper from La ley del revólver (1955)

Was at one point in his life considering to become a novelist. He said that he tried writing two chapters of a novel about his experiences working at the Video Archives in Manhattan Beach. As can be immediately seen, novelistic narrative techniques bear a strong influence on his distinct filmmaking style.

In 1994, before Pulp Fiction (1994), in an interview with Charlie Rose, he cited his three favorite films as Impacto (1981) (directed by Brian De Palma), Río Bravo (1959) (directed by Howard Hawks) and Taxi Driver (1976) (directed by Martin Scorsese).

In the last Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll (2002), he listed his Top Ten films as: El bueno, el feo y el malo (1966) (Leone), Río Bravo (1959) (Hawks), Taxi Driver (1976) (Scorsese), Luna nueva (1940) (Hawks), El ex-preso de Corea (1977) (Flynn), Todos rieron (1981) (Bogdanovich), La gran evasión (1963) (J. Sturges), Carrie (1976) (De Palma), Coffy (1973) (Hill), Movida del 76 (1993) (Linklater), De profesion - Invencible(1972) (Chang) and Casados sin casa (1943) (Stone).

Despite the constant comparison between them amongst fans, he considers fellow director Paul Thomas Anderson to be one of his best friends. In fact, Tarantino has praised Anderson's work, calling him a "filmmaking artist".

His mother Connie McHugh was only age 16 when she gave birth to him.

A vocal proponent of celluloid-over-digital filmmaking, Tarantino got his first experience with the latter technology by directing a segment of the film Sin City: Ciudad del pecado(2005) with his friend Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who lauds the technology at every opportunity, made this his mission to convert Tarantino as well. At the end of shooting, Tarantino is reported to have said simply, "Mission accomplished.".

On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), he stated his all-time favorite James Bond film is Desde Rusia con amor (1963).

Hates product placement hence, the use of the fictional cigarette Red Apple and now-defunct cereal Fruit Brute in his films.

His mother reluctantly consented to allow him to drop out of Narbonne High School at age 16 on the condition he get a job." I wanted him to see that life without education would not be a picnic". She thought he would return more focused and go onto college. Tarantino with a reported 160 IQ wanted to study acting and felt he could learn more following his own path.

Six of his movies are mentioned in FHM's (DK) 100 Best Male Movies Ever (7 October 2004 issue): Amor a quemarropa (1993) at #75, Abierto hasta el amanecer (1996) at #73, Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004) at #26, Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) at #25, Reservoir Dogs (1992) at #11, and Pulp Fiction (1994) at #1.

Was offered the role of the President of the United States of America in Battle Royale 2: Réquiem (2003) but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.

Has stated that he would like to direct a James Bond movie at some point in his career.

Frequently cites Río Bravo (1959), El bueno, el feo y el malo (1966) and Battle Royale(2000) among his favorite films.

Named his production company, A Band Apart, after the Jean-Luc Godard film Banda aparte (1964).

Often references numerous attributes of the works of Jean-Luc Godard, particularly inPulp Fiction (1994). The disjointed structure of Pulp Fiction (1994) may itself be an homage to Godard's use of jump cuts in Al final de la escapada (1960), the film that launched the French New Wave of cinema.

Is a huge fan of the Half-Life computer game series, and has considered possibilities of directing a movie adaptation.

Ranked #81 on Premiere magazine's 2004 annual Power 100 List. He was unranked in 2003.

Cites his influences as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Sergio Leone and Jean-Luc Godard.

Ranked #8 in Empire (UK) magazine's greatest directors ever 2005 poll.

Was the spokesman for SkyperfecTV, a Japanese based satellite TV network, a competitor to the now locally defunct DirecTV endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Was guest director for one scene for Robert Rodriguez' Sin City: Ciudad del pecado(2005).

Eli Roth wanted to have the world premiere of Hostel (2005) at the 2005 Iceland Film Festival. During the festival, Roth and Quentin Tarantino were made honorary vikings at Viking Village, in a ceremony arranged by Eythor Gudjonsson. Roth's Icelandic name is Eli Sheldonsson, and Tarantino's Icelandic name is Quentin Conniesson.

His all-time favorite director is Howard Hawks.

Each of his movies, with the exception of Grindhouse: Death Proof (2007), features someone from the cast of Martin Scorsese's Malas calles (1973). Harvey Keitel fromReservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994), Robert De Niro from Jackie Brown (1997),David Carradine from Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) and Kill Bill. Volumen 2 (2004), andDavid Proval is in Four Rooms (1995).

Was originally offered the chance to direct Hombres de negro (1997), which he turned down.

Was originally offered the chance to direct Speed - Máxima potencia (1994), which he turned down.

Is godfather to two of Michael Madsen's sons Hudson and Calvin Michael. Michael and his wife DeAnna joked in OK! magazine about naming Quentin godfather to their newest son Luke Ray as well.

Is spoofed in the short film Let's Get Real! (1999), which contains several satirical references to Pulp Fiction (1994).

Has stated that he would like to make and star in a film telling the story of John Brown, the abolitionist.

Named his favorite films of 2005 as Sin City: Ciudad del pecado (2005), Domino (2005),Hustle & Flow (2005) and Los renegados del diablo (2005).

Has named San Valentín sangriento (1981) his all-time favorite slasher film.

During his stay in the Philippines, Tarantino got trapped in traffic due to flooding as he was traveling to Malacanang Palace to meet President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and receive a lifetime achievement award. Refusing to give up, he and his partner Tikoy Aguiluz got off their limousine and took a pedicab each to reach the palace. After arriving, Tarantino stated "It was a lot of fun. It just took a long time but it was not bad at all.".

Has two sisters and one brother: Tanya Marie Tarantino (b. Pasadena, California, 4 October 1964), Ronnajean Tarantino (b. Phoenix, Arizona, 22 June 1969) and Edward James Tarantino (b. Simi Valley, California, 3 October 1974).

His father was born in Queens, New York, and has a sister named Diane. Their parents are Dominic Tarantino and wife Elizabeth.

His mother was born in Tennessee on September 3, 1946. She is the adopted daughter of Ellis and Elizabeth (Betty) Shaffer.

After his parents divorced, his mother married musician Curtis Zastoupil.

As a child, one of his favorite movies was Abbott y Costello contra los fantasmas (1948). He credits the film with helping him learn genre distinctions.

Wrote the forward for the book "Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi".

Was offered a chance to direct Westworld (2016), which he turned down.

Was ex-girlfriend Mira Sorvino's date the night she won her best supporting actress Oscar.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was raised in Los Angeles, California.

Close friends with Jennifer Beals and Sofia Coppola.

In the 2008 Empire magazine poll of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time, Tarantino listed his favorite films as: 1. El bueno, el feo y el malo (1966), (Sergio Leone), 2. Río Bravo(1959), (Howard Hawks), 3. Impacto (1981), (Brian De Palma), 4. Taxi Driver (1976), (Martin Scorsese), 5. Luna nueva (1940), Howard Hawks), 6. 5 Fingers of Death / King Boxer (1972), (Chang-hwa Jeong), 7. Pandora's Box (1929), ('Georg Wilhelm Pabst'), 8.Carrie (1976), (Brian De Palma), 9. Infielmente tuyo (1948), (Preston Sturges), 10. Cinco tumbas al Cairo (1943), (Billy Wilder), 11. Tiburón (1975), (Steven Spielberg). Choices #2, 3 and 4 are marked as "interchangeable".

Lived with Jennifer Beals while getting his first films produced.

Directed 6 actors in Oscar nominated performances: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson,Uma Thurman, Robert Forster, Christoph Waltz (twice), and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Waltz won for his performances in both Malditos bastardos (2009) and Django desencadenado(2012).

His three favourite Alfred Hitchcock movies are; La mujer solitaria (1936), Sospecha(1941) and Cortina rasgada (1966).

He is mentioned in the cartoon "Courage the Cowardly Dog" as the zombie director Quintin Tarantella in several episodes, the first being "Everyone Wants to Direct".

He screens Río Bravo (1959) for potential girlfriends as a test of their compatibility.

Thanked by the rock band Nirvana in the liner notes of their album "In Utero".

His films mainly feature criminals and characters committing horrible crimes involving murder and drugs. The only crime Tarantino has committed was shoplifting from a bookstore when he was a teenager.

Has said that the three films that have most influenced him as a director are: El bueno, el feo y el malo (1966) (which he says "is obvious"), Mario Bava's Las tres caras del miedo(1963) (because that taught him the importance of having a distinct directorial voice), and Abbott y Costello contra los fantasmas (1948) (because that taught him about mixing genres).

Did not become interested in writing and directing until he was in his early twenties.

Is a huge fan of filmmaker Roger Christian and named Christian's film Sueños siniestros(1982) as his favorite movie of that respective year. He also attended the premiere ofCampo de batalla: la Tierra (2000) along with Christian, John Travolta and George Lucasand according to Christian, Quentin really liked it, claiming it to be the kind of movie he always wanted to make but never could since he knew it would kill his career given Hollywood's reputation.

Amor a quemarropa (1993) character Clarence Worley personifies Quentin Tarantino's passions in life.

The Big Kahuna burger is mentioned in at least three of Tarantino films.

Stated on a radio interview that the one thing he cannot stand seeing in movies is real animal and insect death or torture, and that real acts of violence have no place in film, which is about realism through artifice.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy introduced the subject of movie violence during an interview, in the wake of "Django Unchained", with Quentin Tarantino on Channel Four News. Quentin Tarantino responded memorably that he refused the question, that he had given his opinion exhaustively in other settings and that he was "shutting [Krishnan's] butt down" about the matter.

Cites Melville's El confidente (1962) as the best screenplay ever.

Cites Jean-Pierre Melville as the greatest director of gangster movies.

Was working on a script titled The Vega Brothers, which would follow Vincent Vega fromPulp Fiction (1994) played by John Travolta, and Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs (1992) played by Michael Madsen. However, when considering the current ages of the actors, he said "It's kind of unlikely now." Tarantino made Malditos bastardos (2009) instead.

Has expressed his desire to work with Kate Winslet, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Simon Pegg and Michael Caine.

As of September 2015, Tarantino's films have grossed $1,407,548,403 worldwide.

First job was collecting quarters and restocking magazines from automated magazine boxes that dispensed pornographic titles.

Worked at Video Archives in Manhattan Beach, California from 1985-1990 with future filmmakers Roger Avary and Daniel Synder. He became well know to local residents for his extensive knowledge of world cinema and eclectic, customer tailored video recommendations. He wrote several screenplays during his time at Video Archives including Reservoir Dogs (1992) Amor a quemarropa (1993) and Asesinos natos (1994). He purchased the entire stores video inventory of 8000 titles when it closed that he prefers watching to using video streaming services, like Netflix.

Got his first job in the film industry at age 16, by lying about his age, as an usher at Pussycat Theater, a porn theater in Torrance, California.

Plans to retire after his 10th major film. He has stated he would like to write novels, books on film history, plays and work as a theater director.

Filmed his latest film Los odiosos ocho (2015) using the Ultra Panavision 70 film process This rare film process has not been used for 50 years despite the technical advantages it offers over current technology.

Has indicated a desire to adapt his screenplays Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Los odiosos ocho (2015) for theatrical live performances.

Owns the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, the theater where he often saw double features as a kid. He helped the prior owner to keep it afloat and stay open with a $5000/mo subsidy. Subsequently, he bought the building in December 2007 to save the revival theater from being redeveloped into a Supercuts. In October 2014, he assumed full ownership and programs the theater's slate personally with kid's matinées, double features nightly, midnight showings on the weekends, vintage shorts/cartoons and a commitment to always show in 35mm celluloid film.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 21, 2015.

Among his favorite authors is a Russian poet Boris Pasternak, whose grave Tarantino had visited in June 2004, while visiting Moscow Film Festival.

One of his favorite horror films is the original Navidades negras (1974). His tradition is to watch the film in his home theater every Christmas season.

Is a huge fan of the cult classic drama film Showgirls (1995) by Paul Verhoeven.

Forbids all cell phones on the set when shooting, insisting that all such devices be turned in at point of entry - no exceptions.

Counts director Terry Gilliam as a major mentor, even according him a "Special Thanks" credit in Reservoir Dogs (1992).

Insists on being beside the camera at all times during a take. The notion of being in another room watching his actors perform on a video-assist monitor is both anathema and unacceptable to him.

Detests CGI (Computer-generated imagery) trickery, opting not to shoot a sequence at all unless it can be accomplished 'in-camera'. If a chase has to be filmed at 80mph, it must be captured as it happens and not faked with camera under-cranking.

Personal Quotes 
[at the MTV Movie Awards 1994 as he won Best Picture for Pulp Fiction (1994)] Pop quiz, hotshot: you go to the awards ceremonies all year long; you keep losing to Forrest Gump(1994)! It's really annoying the hell out of you - what do you do? You go to the MTV Awards!

[on "rival" director Guy Ritchie marrying Madonna] I guess I'll have to marry Elvis Presleyto get even.

If I've made it a little easier for artists to work in violence, great! I've accomplished something.

When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them "No, I went to films.".

On using surfing music, when hating the surfing culture: It's like surf music, I've always like loved that but, for me, I don't know what surf music has to do with surf boards. To me, it just sounds like rock and roll, even Morricone music. It sounds like rock and roll Spaghetti Western music, so that's how I kind of laid it in.

Movies are my religion and God is my patron. I'm lucky enough to be in the position where I don't make movies to pay for my pool. When I make a movie, I want it to be everything to me; like I would die for it.

[on the comparison between Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003)'s group fight and Neo vs. 100 Agent Smiths in Matrix Reloaded (2003)] First off, I've always thought of the black suits as mine, so I don't think of them as Agent Smiths, I think of them as Reservoir Dogs with less cool sunglasses. The similarities between the fight sequences never occurred to me until I had a director's screening and Luc Besson turned up with Keanu Reeves as his guest. I watched Keanu watching and suddenly I felt it.

On media criticisms of violence in his movies: Sure, Kill Bill's a violent movie. But it's a Tarantino movie. You don't go to see Metallica and ask the fuckers to turn the music down.

On media criticisms of violence in his movies: What if a kid goes to school after seeing Kill Bill and starts slicing up other kids? You know, I'll take that chance! Violent films don't turn children into violent people. They may turn them into violent filmmakers but that's another matter altogether.

On collecting movies: If you're a film fan, collecting video is sort of like marijuana. Laser discs, they're definitely cocaine. Film prints are heroin, all right? You're shooting smack when you start collecting film prints. So I kinda got into it in a big way, and I've got a pretty nice collection I'm real proud of.

On how to take the violence in Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) (The final duel with Lucy Liu): It's supposed to be kind of amusing and poetic at the same time. And also just a teeny-tiny bit solemn. When you see her head, it's funny. And then her line, "That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword," that's funny. But then, the next shot is not funny, when she tips over and Meiko Kaji is singing about revenge on the soundtrack. So it's all together. Funny. Solemn. Beautiful. Gross. All at the same time.

On becoming famous: Going into a video store and going through the videos, looking at every title they have, trying to find some old Spaghetti Western, that's gone.

I have an idea for a Godzilla movie that I've always wanted to do. The whole idea of Godzilla's role in Tokyo, where he's always battling these other monsters, saving humanity time and again - wouldn't Godzilla become God? It would be called Living Under the Rule of Godzilla. This is what society is like when a big fucking green lizard rules your world.

On violence in Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003): When I was on The View (1997), Barbara Walters was asking me about the blood and stuff, and I said, "Well, you know, that's a staple of Japanese cinema." And then she came back, "But this is America." And I go, "I don't make movies for America. I make movies for planet Earth.".

On directing the Urgencias (1994) episode "Motherhood": When I was directing ER, I didn't want to stand out. Everyone else is wearing all that crap. I wanted to fit in. I didn't want to be the odd man out. I wanted to be inside, not on the outside. When I was directing the ER thing, the emergency room guys wore the green scrubs. I wore those for a few days. Then, I wore the blue scrubs, which were the surgeons', for a few days. When I wore the nurse's pink scrubs, though, that's when I became a hero on the set. The nurses didn't think I was going to throw in with them. I ended the episode, the last two days, wearing the nurses' scrubs. When I walked on the set all the nurses applauded me. They were like "Oh my God, he's so cool!".

On Thriller - en grym film (1973) and its influences on Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003): And that is, of all the revenge movies I've ever seen, that is definitely the roughest. The roughest revenge movie ever made! There's never been anything as tough as that movie.

If you want to make a movie, make it. Don't wait for a grant, don't wait for the perfect circumstances, just make it. - Giving advice to young aspiring filmmakers at the 1994 Independent Spirit Awards.

I hope to give you at least 15 more years of movies. I'm not going to be this old guy that keeps cranking them out. My plan is to have a theater by that time in some small town and I will be the manager - this crazy old movie guy. (March 2005)

I will never do 'Pulp Fiction 2', but having said that, I could very well do other movies with these characters.

I've come to a point where I like Pauline Kael's reviews of Godard more than Godard's films.

[on making another "Kill Bill" movie] Oh yeah, initially I was thinking this would be my "Dollars Trilogy". I was going to do a new one every ten years. But I need at least fifteen years before I do this again. I've already got the whole mythology: Sofie Fatale will get all of Bill's money. She'll raise Nikki, who'll take on The Bride. Nikki deserves her revenge every bit as much as The Bride deserved hers. I might even shoot a couple of scenes for it now so I can get the actresses while they're this age.

I'm never going to be shy about anything, what I write about is what I know; it's more about my version of the truth as I know it. That's part of my talent, really - putting the way people really speak into the things I write. My only obligation is to my characters. And they came from where I have been.

The exploitation films were made in such an artless way with these big wide shots of Sunset Boulevard or of Arcadia or downtown L.A. or wherever. In mainstream films, especially in the 1980s, the Los Angeles you saw wasn't the real one; it was a character with this back-lot sort of atmosphere. They tried to luxuriate it. In exploitation films, you see what the place really looked like, you see the bars and mom-and-pop restaurants.

There's only one list that's more illustrious than the list of directors who won the Palme d'Or. It's the list of directors who didn't.

I don't believe in putting in music as a band aid to get you over some rough parts or bad film making. If it's there it's got to add to it or take it to another level.

When I give props to these movies, you have to understand - it's not like they were all good. There's an expression: You have to drink a lot of milk before you can appreciate cream. Well, with exploitation movies, you have to drink a lot of milk-gone-bad before you can even appreciate milk! That's what part of the love of these movies is - going through the rummage bin and finding the jewels.

[on the death of David Carradine] He was a dream to direct, a fantastic actor, a great character actor and really one of Hollywood's great mad geniuses.

[on how Doce del patíbulo (1967) could never be made today] Ernest Borgnine. Charles Bronson. Those guys were real men. They were a different breed. Many of them had been to war. Today's young actors are soft.

[on the Cannes Film Festival] I just like Cannes. It's like the whole planet is checking your movie out - boom! - at one time, and - bam! - it either works or it doesn't. And especially when I'm there - it's the closest thing to Muhammad Ali having a championship fight. It's just - bam! You're throwing it down.

I've had people write that I've seen too many movies. In what other art form would being an expert be considered a negative? If I were a poet, would I be criticized for knowing too much about Sappho? Or Aristotle?

Some people will like Malditos bastardos (2009). Some people won't. But it was made with all the passion I've made everything with - except maybe my first film, which was probably made with more passion than I'll ever have again.

When you gotta go out and make a movie to pay for the kid's private school and for the three ex-wives, don't talk to me about your artistry. It's their job. It's not my job. It's my calling.

[on why his characters in Malditos bastardos (2009) use Native American fighting tactics] I'm actually equating the Jews in this situation, in World War II, with the Indians. It's not nothing that they're doing Apache resistance. It's not about dying. It's about killing. They ambush their guys. They trick the enemy. It's not a straight-up fight. And then they go and they just completely desecrate the bodies to win a psychological war.

[on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993)_, when asked how he comes up with such good dialog] Well, not to be facetious or anything, but... I'm a good writer!

I think the opening chapter of Malditos bastardos (2009) is one of the best things I've ever written - before that sequence my best piece of writing would be the Sicilian sequence in the Amor a quemarropa (1993) script; that was the best thing I'd ever done in a beginning to end piece. And I think I finally matched it, or topped it with that sequence so I knew I couldn't just let it go. I would have been haunted by it and I wouldn't be able to move on to anything else until I had it out of the way.

CGI has fully ruined car crashes. Because how can you be impressed with them now? When you watch them in the '70s, it was real cars, real metal, real blasts. They're really doing it and risking their lives. But I knew CGI was gonna start taking over.

There's my realer-than-real movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992). And then there's my movie-movies. And Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) is definitely one of those. It's the movies that Jules and Vince (from Pulp Fiction (1994)) would go and see...I always thought of Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) as my Apocalypse Now (1979) and that House of Blue Leaves is my 'Ride of the Valkyries' helicopter sequences.

When I first discovered Howard Hawks, I spent a year and a half reading the TV Guide and they played about 80 percent of his entire oeuvre on Los Angeles television. Brian De Palma, Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone and Hawks were a huge influence on me.

[on Avatar (2009)] I'm not James Cameron and I could never think like that - I don't think he could think like me either - but if I could go into a time machine and think like that and be able to do what he could do, that would be great.

[on Malditos bastardos (2009) being a catharsis and multi-layered] - I mean, it would be easy to just set up a situation where we just go oh, kill the Nazis, rah, rah. But I don't play it that easy. Like for instance, on the interrogation scene that you just saw, under any criteria of bravery in warfare, that German passes the test under any criteria.

And, yes it would have been easy to make him a cringing coward and it would have been more rah, rah, rah in the audience. It would be like watching "Rocky". But you know, that's too easy for what I'm trying to do.

[on Malditos bastardos (2009) being the modern strategic history of al-Qaeda] - Yes. ... Now, I've seen people who have seen the movie like three or four times and it never quite sinks into them. But that was never something that I necessarily set out to do. I wasn't trying to make a terrorist Iraq commentary with the film.

It was just what made sense for the characters to do at that time. Yes they're strapping bombs on themselves.

... And they're walking into a theater crowded with evil civilians and they are prepared to blow it up.

... Even the character, Landa, the Jew hunter, the Nazi character in the film - he even makes a reference to it. He goes your mission - some would call it a terrorist plot - is kaput.

... It was funny. Again, I wasn't trying to necessarily make a political point in there. It literally was just the next step in the story as far as I was concerned.

However, once I did it, the irony was not lost on me at all. But you know, that was one of the things that I actually thought that - it was one of the things that when I was all done. Because I think there are a lot of things like that - not about that issue, but there's a lot of things in this movie that are not used to seeing in other World War II movies.

I thought that was one of the aspects that would actually make the movie not just seem like a World War II movie that it's like here and you're looking at it in the eyes of the past.

I wanted the film sort of the way "Bonnie and Clyde" worked when it came out. It was an old genre took place in the '30s, but it was actually telling you something about the time today. And that was what I was trying to do with this in this genre.

[on Malditos bastardos (2009) being not just a revenge fantasy about World War II, but a torture and terrorism fantasy] - Definitely. You took it right out of my mouth. Yes. I mean, basically what they're doing - you described it really, really well. To put in even shorter nutshell, they're actually doing literally the Apache resistance, but against the Nazis, against the Germans.

And that was one of the things - one of the reasons I wanted to do something like that, other than for all the other reasons you said before about - it's a revenge fantasy and this and that. We've never seen it before. I was trying to do like a spaghetti western but using World War II iconography.

So in my re-imagining of this whole thing, I kind of placed the Jews as the Indians in this scenario. And that is part of the whole thing. You know, when they say they ambush a German patrol of six guys and then they scalp them, maybe even take their shoes off, so when they are found there is even less dignity in the death - all these little things that they do.

[on the time spent watching old World War II movies that gave him the confidence to embark on Malditos bastardos (2009)] - It wasn't that I needed permission. But what really struck me was that these were films made by directors who'd had to flee their country because of Hitler, and yet the movies they made weren't all terror or horror. In fact, while they definitely showed the Nazis and their cruelty, they were adventure films, whether you're talking about "Hangmen Also Die" or "Reunion in France" or "To Be or Not to Be" or "O.S.S.", an Alan Ladd film that's like a prequel to "The Good Shepherd".

They were fun and thrilling and exciting and, most amazingly, they had a lot of comedy in them, which really made an impact on me. I mean, for every movie with a sadistic Nazi, there's one with a Nazi who's more of a buffoon or a figure of ridicule.

Here's my problem with this whole influence thing. Instead of critics reviewing my movies, now what they're really doing is trying to match wits with me. Every time they review my movies, it's like they want to play chess with the mastermind and show off every reference they can find, even when half of it is all of their own making. It feels like the critics are IMDB-ing everything I do. It just rubs me the wrong way because they end up using it as a stick to beat me down with.

If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it's because I put the character first.

[on the British film industry] When I first came here in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs (1992) the film industry was very dire. The movies were Screen Two: Un abril encantado (1991) and crap like that. But that has changed, and this year has highlighted how it's changed. You guys actually have a genuine, honest-to-goodness, bona fide film industry again, and that is fantastic.

If I was doing Kill Bill all over again - I'd be tempted to do it in 3D, at least Volume I.

If I wasn't a filmmaker, I'd be a film critic. It's the only thing I'd be qualified to do.

[on the inspiration for Pulp Fiction (1994)] And so I thought the idea that would, in the case of Pulp Fiction, would be kind of cool, was to take three separate stories, and make them the oldest stories in the book, whether it be, um...Vincent's character, the hoodlum, has to go out with the boss's lady, but don't touch her! And there's the whole history of people who *have* touched her, and what happens. Well we've seen that before, a zillion times...and the case of the Bruce Willis story, that the boxer's supposed to throw the fight, and he doesn't, and now the mob's after him...we've seen that story a million times as well. And one of the things I thought about, like, the third story, was basically kind of the beginning of, at that time, almost every Joel Silver movie, which would start off with like a couple hit men showing up, boom boom, alright, 'you wanna witness something witness this!' (makes gun shooting noise, laughs). And then they shoot the guy and it cuts to Arnold Schwarzenegger walking through the forest and eventually he's gonna meet those guys. And so I thought, what happens if we hung out with them? All night long? Or...all day long? After they've killed the guy, what happens with the rest of their day? And so it was like taking these, these chestnuts and putting them together and then, actually having the characters kind of intertwine and it all kind of takes place in one...city, and it's an environment that they all live in, and characters kind of know each other, but you don't know that for a while. And we're just kind of hanging out with them for those two days.

(on once working at an adult movie theater) To me, the greatest job a person could ever have is being an usher at a movie theater. You get to go to a movie theater all day long, and then you get to see all the movies for free. Irony of ironies, I end up getting a job at a movie theater where I could care less about the movies and was totally bored by them.

If you just love movies enough, you can make a good one.

[on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] This movie was never meant to be everything for everybody. And I don't mean that as a slam. I'm just saying I made this movie for myself and everybody else is invited.

[on Pulp Fiction (1994)] Three stories about one story.

[acceptance speech winning the Oscar for Best Screenplay for Pulp Fiction (1994)] Uh thanks! Uh, this has been a very strange year. I can definitely say that. Uh, you know what? I was trying to think...I think this is the only award I'm going to win here tonight, so I was trying to think, maybe I should say a whole lot of stuff, right here right now, just get it out of my system, you know, all year long, everything roiling up, and everything, just blow it all, just tonight, just say everything! But I'm not. Thanks.

[on what his most personal film is] Probably "Kill Bill".

I'm very happy with the way I write. I think I do it good. But I've never really considered myself a writer.

I've always considered myself a filmmaker who writes stuff for himself to do.

If I'm on an airplane, a Kate Hudson movie is what I'm looking for. I'll sit there and I'll cry... I think it's the altitude or something like that.

I've always actually thought of Pulp Fiction (1994) as a Rock 'n' Roll Spaghetti Western.

[on fan expectations] That's not a pressure I ever feel. That should always be there. I want people to expect a lot from me, I want people waiting with great anticipation for my next movie. Growing up I felt that way. The week before El precio del poder (1983) came out was Scarface week... That kind of excitement is what helps keep a filmmaker alive and vital.

As far as I'm concerned, digital projection is the end of cinema. The fact that most films aren't presented in 35 mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema. I'm very hopeful that future generations will be much smarter than this generation and realize what they lost.

[in response to criticisms that Kill Bill. Volumen 1 (2003) is overly brutal] Innocent people die along the way because, unfortunately that's the story of revenge. Revenge is messy. It never works out the way you want it to.

[on film violence vs real-life violence] All the movies I'm basing my movies on I saw as a kid and yes, kids go to a movie theater, they can tell the difference. Maybe you couldn't when you were a kid but I could.

I don't want to talk about the implications of violence. The reason I don't want to talk about it is because I've said everything I have to say about it. If anyone cares what I have to say about it they can Google me and they can look for twenty years what I have to say. I haven't changed my opinion one iota.

When people in America talk about the great writer-director auteurs, they don't talk aboutPedro Almodóvar enough. For 30 years, he has dwarfed almost all of his American peers. He went through a slightly weak period around the time of Kika (1993) and Todo sobre mi madre (1999). I didn't get Los abrazos rotos (2009), but it was still okay. But the things he's been doing the last seven years, he's been on a magnificent roll. He's a fantastic director. His scripts are wonderful, and he's just money in the bank. And he's so specific, but as opposed to a lot of these specific art-film directors that you're going to get tired of, like Kar-Wai Wong, you never get tired of Almodóvar. Because as much as he has these recognizable elements, it never just seems like the same movie over and over again.

[on La piel que habito (2011)] That was [Pedro Almodóvar] doing a horror film, and it was fucking amazing. I totally got the impression that - and I'm fairly sure I'm right about this - Pedro was watching The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009) and thinking, "You know, I know how to do this. I could do something really special with this." And that wasLa piel que habito (2011)

To me, Godard did to movies what Bob Dylan did to music - they both revolutionized their forms.

I think Kate Winslet is one of the best actresses that ever lived, so I would be honored to work with her.

My dialogue are not for everyone. Doesn't matter the quality of the actor, not everyone has timing or humor for the lines I wrote.

[November 23, 2015] I'd really love to work with Kate Winslet, I think she's amazing and does a great job.

[on Johnny Depp - The Playlist, December 30, 2012] We would love to work together. We've talked about it for years. Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time. We're obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we'll do it. And then it'll be magical. I haven't written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won't. We'll see.

[in answer to film critic why his films were always extremely violent] Because it's so much fun, Jan!

[on Kodak's new Super 8 camera and film in general] On film, there's a special magic on a set when you say 'action' and to the point that the take runs until you say 'cut,' that's a sacred time. I've always believed in the magic of movies and to me the magic is connected to film. When you're filming something on film you aren't recording movement, you're taking a series of still pictures and when shown at 24 frames per second through a lightbulb, THAT creates the illusion of movement. That illusion is connected to the magic of making movies. The fact that Kodak is giving a new generation of filmmakers the opportunity to shoot on Super 8 is truly an incredible gift. [2016]