Top 10 things you didn’t know about Tarantino films

Anyone who’s ever seen a movie by boy-wonder Quentin Tarantino knows that the director has a very unique – often copied but never matched – style.

The quirky dialogues, the many pop-culture references, the winks and nods to other films and directors, the stylised violence, and the feet... Tarantino flicks are a hoot, no doubt about it.

And because we’re sure you’re looking for an excuse to watch them all over again, here are the top 10 things you didn’t know about Tarantino films.

Red Apple cigarettes
For Quentin Tarantino, there is only one brand of cigarettes worth smoking: Red Apple. Why? Because he made it up. Look for the Red Apple packs in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and Death Proof.

Female feet fetish
Tarantino loves female feet. He’s obsessed with them. And that’s why he’ll try his best to have as many shots as possible of the feet of the actresses (and even extras) in his movies. Some of the actresses who have exposed their beautiful (and not so beautiful) feet in Tarantino movies are: Uma Thurman, Angela Jones, Jennifer Beals, Bridget Fonda, Lucy Liu, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Mélanie Laurent.

Captain America
All the girls in Kill Bill's Deadly Viper Assassination Squad are named after snakes and members of the Marvel Comics fictional organisation The Serpent Society – sworn enemies of Captain America.

Trunk with a view
One of Tarantino’s trademarks is the trunk shot: filming the action with the camera positioned inside the open trunk of a car. Tarantino didn’t invent the trunk-shot, but he has used it to great effect in most of his movies.

The Mexican tribute
Then name of the character Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz from Inglourious Basterds (played by Til Schweiger), is a tribute to a Mexican B-Movie actor with the same name who was particularly popular during the 70s and 80s. One of Hugo Stiglitz’s most “famous” movies is Tintorera, a British-Mexican killer-shark film that shamelessly cashed in on the success of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.

What’s the name of the movie?
Everyone knows that the name of Tarantino’s homage to Grindhouse films is Death Proof, right? So, how come then that, for about a second in the opening credits, the title on the screen is Quentin Tarantino’s Thunder Bolt? Well, Thunder Bolt was the original title for the movie, and Tarantino decided to have it pop up for a second as a tribute to all the Grindhouse films that had different names depending on the country and cinema where they were shown.

Please leave a message
Does the voice on Jackie’s answering machine in Jackie Brown sound familiar to you? Well, that’s because it belongs to Mr. Tarantino!

Walk the walk
All the actors who played criminals in Tarantino’s debut feature film, Reservoir Dogs, have spent time in jail. Talk about perfect casting.

Payback time
Tarantino directed a short scene in Sin City as a return favour to director and friend Robert Rodriguez, who wrote some music for Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Both Rodriguez and Tarantino charged $1 for their services.

Dude, Where’s My Car?
In the Tarantino-directed segment “The Man from Hollywood” (from the movie Four Rooms), Chester (played by Tarantino himself) shows a magazine to Ted the Bellhop (Tim Roth). The car on the cover of the magazine is the same one that John Travolta’s character, Vincent Vega, drives in Pulp Fiction.

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  1. BONGANE08:05pm Friday 12th August 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    there is always the briefcase in pulp fiction...what is in that case???? \

  2. Scott01:26pm Friday 15th July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    @CALINATIVE, QT has specifically said that its not marcellus wallace's soul. He never actually thought of anything to put in the briefcase, its just a macguffin.

  3. CALINATIVE01:53am Friday 01st July 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    @Shaner, you are wrong it wasn't diamonds. It was marcellus wallace's soul. The band aid on the back of his neck was where the devil took it out. I dare anyone to challenge me on this.....

  4. dutchbob105:12pm Sunday 15th May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I robbed the Amsterdam video store QT was working in and when you shove a gun in his face he's, like, really different from his onscreen personas

  5. Dylan12:30am Sunday 01st May 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I knew all of this.

  6. Heather12:57pm Monday 25th April 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I stumbled upon this. I can't stand Quentin Tarantino. I feel like all his movies, even if it's an homage, are just created out of him stroking his own ego--"look how indie I am!" I mean, yes, I liked Pulp Fiction, but one after another it builds up this image that all his films are just ego-driven nonsense. Yes, he is taking trivial things and giving them meaning, but that is working because YOU are assigning meaning to something trivial because you think Tarantino, as a person, is the shit. If these movies were made by someone who didn't have this cool "indie" image, no one would think much of them. My History of Cinema teacher in college wasn't crazy about the man either, and I didn't figure out why until I watched a couple more of his movies. They are all the same. The man is making the same trivial thing over and over and watching and laughing as everyone throws money at him, all the while thinking they are watching some unique independent film. Inglorious Bastards was devoid of substance because it was just one "QUENTIN TARANTINO MADE THIS" scene after another.

  7. valerie11:59am Monday 25th April 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Buscemi only did time after being arrested in a firehouse protest in 2003. He had not served time at the time of the filming of Reservoir Dogs.

  8. Elaine10:32am Saturday 23rd April 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I was watching an old episode of ER and was amazed to see Q.T. was the director. As far as I'm aware he only did the one episode.

  9. shaner04:30pm Wednesday 20th April 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Clay, the only thing in the suitcase was diamonds. It's in the original script, Tarantino just decided not to say it in the movie.

  10. Greg09:52am Friday 15th April 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    im also pretty sure that the sunglasses appear in several of his other movies


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