Pulp Fiction Cast & Character Guide

Pulp Fiction was a groundbreaking event back in 1994 and made Quentin Tarantino a household name. Here's a breakdown of the main characters and cast.

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Pulp Fiction was the film that firmly established Quentin Tarantino as one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation, so let's revisit the cast and characters. Pulp Fiction was only Tarantino's second film after Reservoir Dogs and told three interlocking locking tales. The film's instantly quotable dialogue, unique structure, shocking outbursts of violence and fantastic cast made it a smash hit in 1994.

Tarantino would follow up with arguably his most underrated film Jackie Brown, and while he's made lots of great movies in the years since like Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction is still considered one of his defining works. The film would also lead to a lot of other filmmakers attempting to copy his zippy dialogue and style, though few could do it as well.

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Pulp Fiction is also famous for its sprawling cast, so let's look back on the main characters and the actors who played them.

Harvey Keitel as Wolf in Pulp Fiction

John Travolta - Vincent Vega

Vincent is a hitman working for crime boss Marsellus Wallace and is partners with Jules. In the opening, the pair retrieve a briefcase for their boss and murder the men who took it. Vincent is dismissive of Jules' spiritual awakening after they survive a shootout, and is later tasked with taking Marsellus' wife out for food, which ends with her almost dying of an overdose. Vincent is later killed in Butch's apartment. Pulp Fiction revived John Travolta's acting career leading to Get Shorty and Face/Off.

Samuel L. Jackson - Jules Winnfield

A hitman working with Vincent but after they survive a close range gun battle, he decides to leave the business. He also imparts some wisdom to a couple robbing a restaurant. Jules would be a star-making role for Jackson, who has rarely stopped working since and recently appeared in Glass and Captain Marvel.

Uma Thurman - Mia Wallace

Mia is Marcellus' wife, a former actress who forms a connection with Vincent after they have dinner and win a dance competition together. Vincent later saves her from a drug overdose. Pulp Fiction would also be a star-making part for Thurman, who re-teamed with Tarantino for the Kill Bill movies and was recently seen in The House That Jack Built.

Bruce Willis - Butch

A boxer who goes on the run from Marsellus after he's supposed to throw a fight - only to end up killing his opponent. Butch risks his life to return home to retrieve his father's prized watch, leading to him shooting Vincent. Butch and Marcellus are later captured by a sadistic pawnshop owner. Willis was already a huge star when he made Pulp Fiction and recently re-teamed with Samuel L. Jackson in Glass, a sequel to 2000's Unbreakable.

Harvey Keitel - Winston Wolf

When Vincent and Jules leave a literal bloody mess in their car, cleaner Winston Wolf is called in to help them fix it in record time. Screen legend Keitel previously worked with Tarantino on Reservoir Dogs and will next be seen in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. He also reprised Wolf for a series of adverts in the UK.

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Tim Roth - Ringo

One half of a duo that tries to rob a restaurant Vincent and Jules just happen to be eating in. Jules holds Ringo at gunpoint and explains why he's not going to kill him after his recent day from hell. Roth later worked with Tarantino on The Hateful Eight and plays the lead role in TV thriller Tin Star.

Amanda Plummer - Yolanda

Ringo's girlfriend who doesn't react well when he's held at gunpoint by Jules. Ringo and Yolanda leave the restaurant together after Jules lets them go. Amanda Plummer has also appeared in The Fisher King and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Ving Rhames - Marsellus Wallace

Pulp Fiction's powerful and feared crime boss, who tasked Vincent and Jules with recovering a mysterious object from a briefcase. He and Butch are later taken hostage in a pawnshop, with Marsellus making peace with Butch when the latter saves his life. Ving Rhames is a regular presence on the big screen, recently taking roles in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 and Mission Impossible - Fallout.

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