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Genius Fan Theories About the Tarantino Universe 

Ann Casano
Updated July 6, 2020 10.9k votes 3k voters 235.4k views 14 items

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Imagine it’s the 1980s and you’re working in a video store. You’re not just a movie fanatic, but a true student of cinema. You write a script that gets made into a movie directed by Tony Scott called True Romance, and have the wherewithal to link one of the characters in that script (Alabama) with a character from another script you have,  Reservoir Dogs (Mr. White). You also lay out plans for the next script, and the script after that, and even work out connections for five scripts down the line. You plan to expertly intertwine characters and create alternate universes where these characters exist. Then you have to sit, wait, and hope someone notices your elaborate plans. Welcome to the world of Quentin Tarantino. 

Fan theories about Tarantino's films are all over the internet. Such theories begin with the (now confirmed) interconnected universe idea and expand from there. Not all these theories have been proven, and some are pretty far fetched, such as one claiming Bill from Kill Bill survived the five-point-palm-exploding-heart technique.

Regardless of whether a theory proves true, perusing these wildly imaginative works of fan fiction is a bloody good time for Tarantino fans, film buffs, and casual moviegoers alike. 
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The Violence in Tarantino's Films Is Perfectly Justified
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According to this theory, Americans are desensitized to extreme violence because of their history. Imagine a world in which the Nazis weren't beat by methodically-fought campaigns but a group of savage guerilla warriors who scalped and slaughtered enemy soldiers before burning hundreds of people to death in a movie theater. Because such extreme and brutal violence won the war, it is both justified and accepted in the Tarantino universe.   
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Mr. White Is Related to Tarantino's Character in Pulp Fiction
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Photo: Miramax Films
A redditor discovered a possible connection between Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) from Reservoir Dogs, whose real name is Lawrence Dimmick, and Jimmie Dimmick (Quentin Tarantino) from Pulp Fiction. The exact relationship remains unknown; they could be father/son or uncle/nephew. Or, maybe they're not related at all. Keitel appears in Pulp Fiction as The Wolf during "The Bonnie Situation," with Tarantino as Dimmick. If you recall, The Wolf is extremely nice to Dimmick. He complements his coffee and even offers to buy him new oak furniture for the trouble that Vincent and Jules have put him through. He also refers to himself as "uncle Winston," perhaps entirely coincidentally. 
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Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction Take Place on the Same Day
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Ever wonder why Jules and Vincent can ride around in a car covered in Marvin's blood and not get pulled over? Where are the cops? There's a fan theory suggesting that most of the LAPD was busy with the jewel heist from Reservoir Dogs, and that's why the boys in blue are non-existent in Pulp Fiction on the day most of the action takes place.

Pulp Fiction actually takes place over three days, so this theory would just be for the day where a chunk of the action takes place, especially the blood-soaked scenes involving the retrieval of Marsellus's briefcase.
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There's a Different Bible in Tarantino's Universe
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One of the most famous scenes in any Tarantino film is Jules and Vincent retrieving the briefcase from Brett's apartment in Pulp Fiction. During this scene, we see Jules' hitman routine, which involves quoting Ezekiel 25:17:

The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

But here is the actual verse:

And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon thee.

So what gives? We all know that Tarantino is a big fan of martial arts films. Jules's quote is actually an adaptation from the prologue from the American version of the Sonny Chiba movie The Bodyguard. Tarantino is throwing out an homage to one of his favorite filmmakers, and, in a sense, rewriting the Bible to fit his own universe.
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