Genius Fan Theories About the Tarantino Universe
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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Mia Wallace's Failed Pilot Turns Into Kill BillPhoto: Miramax Films
We know Kill Bill exists in the movie movie universe. Therefore, it's a film characters from Pulp Fiction could go to see.
When Vincent Vega takes Mia Wallace to Jack Rabbit Slims in Pulp Fiction, she tells him about a failed pilot she made called Fox Force Five, about a gang of deadly female assassins. According to one theory, Fox Force Five was turned into a movie starring Mia as The Bride.
From Mia's description of Fox Force Five in Pulp Fiction: "There was a blonde one...she was a leader [Daryl Hannah's character]. The Japanese fox was a kung fu master [Lucy Liu], the Black girl was a demolition expert [Vivica A. Fox]. French fox's [Julie Dreyfus] specialty was sex. Mine [Thurman] was knives."
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All Tarantino's Movies Are ConnectedPhoto: Miramax Films
The Tarantino universe is a well known fan theory confirmed by Tarantino. As per this theory, all of Tarantino's movies take place in the same universe, which is a unique to his films. For example, Vince Vega from Pulp Fiction and Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs are brothers. Sleazy film producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance is the son of the Bear Jew Sgt. Donny Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds. The Tarantino universe extends beyond just characters, incorporating nonexistent products and cultural references such as Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burger.This Tarantino universe is called "the realer than real world universe" by QT himself. It's essentially an alternate reality similar to our world. The following films take place in this universe: Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. What about Kill Bill, you might be asking yourself. Well, read on.
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Bad Things Happen When Vincent Goes to the Bathroom in Pulp FictionPhoto: Miramax Films
You may remember that Vincent goes to the bathroom after dinner with Mia, in order to figure out how he's gonna get out of her house without being rude. During that pit stop, Mia overdoses on heroin she finds in Vincent's coat.
At the diner, Vincent goes to bathroom while Honey Bunny and Pumpkin hold up the restaurant. Finally, Vincent gets shot by Butch with Marsellus's gun (Marsellus went to get donuts; he's on his way back when Butch runs into him) during yet another trip to the bathroom.Vincent does take a really long time in the restroom. It seems that he's really into reading Modesty Blaise, which is his literature of choice for lavatory visits.
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The Violence in Tarantino's Films Is Perfectly JustifiedPhoto: The Weinstein Company
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 FictionPhoto: Miramax FilmsA 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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There's a Different Bible in Tarantino's UniversePhoto: Miramax Films
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.
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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.