Quentin Tarantino is something of a moviemaking genius. The guy got into the business simply because he loved movies and wanted to make his own - his way. He's certainly done that over the years. Since directing his first film, Reservoir Dogs, in 1992, he's consistently released one hit after another. The man knows movies, and he's proven himself time and time again.
Whether you're a fan of just one of his flicks or all of them, odds are you know a lot about Tarantino's movies. Most of his fans have rewatched their favorites time and time again, but everybody misses something. There's a good chance there are details found in Tarantino movies you may have missed. This list features some of the more fascinating aspects of Tarantino movies from Reservoir Dogs to Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. Don't forget to vote up the most interesting facts in the bunch.
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The Glove Guns In 'Inglourious Basterds' Are A Real ThingPhoto: The Weinstein Company
When the Basterds make their way into the cinema and begin their onslaught on the Nazis on their big night, there's a moment in which two of them use guns fastened to the back of their gloves, which they set off by punching their targets. If this looks a bit too unreal in a movie that doesn't exactly follow history as it actually happened, you might be surprised to learn that those things were real and developed for use in WWII.
They were manufactured for the US Navy by the RF Sedgley company and are known as Sedgley Guns. The guns are single-shot .38 Smith & Wesson barrels mounted alongside a plunger. The plunger extends beyond the muzzle, and when the user makes a fist and punches someone or something, the plunger is depressed, and the bullet is fired. Only about 50 to 200 were made, and while there is no record of their being used in combat, they were likely used by covert operatives in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).Cool fact?
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Originally, Marvin Wasn't Supposed To Die Right Away In 'Pulp Fiction'Photo: Miramax Films
One of the many rules of moviemaking is that a final film will look very different from the original script. Through the course of filming, script changes are common, so the original intent of a scene or character often turns out very differently. One of the scenes in Pulp Fiction that shifted from the original script is the moment Vincent "accidentally" shoots Marvin in the face.
Originally, he was supposed to shoot him in the throat, which wouldn't have claimed his life right away. Instead, he was supposed to fight for life while bleeding out and gurgling. As that was happening, Jules and Vincent were to have a discussion about what to do while Marvin listened to their discussion in horror. The scene wasn't changed too much for the film, and while it certainly was gory, it could have been much worse. Phil LaMarr spoke about the scene during an appearance on Nerdist's Talkin' Toons:
We were rehearsing, and originally my character in the back of the car is supposed to be shot twice... he was supposed to shoot me in the throat, and I was supposed to sit there gurgling while they have Tarantino-esque banter: 'So put him out of his misery.' So he was supposed to shoot me a second time. And that’s when the blood sprays all over, and everything continues as it is in the movie. And John [Travolta] said, 'I gotta kill him? Oh man, the audience is going to hate me.' And Quentin stopped and said, 'You’re right.' And he realized the slight difference between, '[a gun shot] What happened?' and aiming at this kid in the back and, 'I’m just going to put him down like a dog.' [Travolta] just had such an understanding of his relationship to the audience, and he was like, 'This will ruin everything else I have in the movie.' You don't like him if he does that. And Quentin was like, 'You’re right.' And he changed it.Cool fact?
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Leonardo DiCaprio Was Injured While Filming 'Django Unchained'Photo: The Weinstein Company
While filming the tense dinner table scene in Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio's Calvin Candie was supposed to repeatedly slam his hand onto the table. In the final cut, he only hit the table once, breaking a crystal glass in the process, which cut his hand. The cut on his hand was real, and the breaking of the glass was entirely accidental.
If you watch the scene closely but focus on the man to Candie's right (the left side of the screen), he's taken aback momentarily when he sees the extent of his co-star's injury. DiCaprio, being the professional he is, continued the scene in character, and that's the cut that made it into the film. He even picked some of the glass out of his hand, but otherwise, he didn't really acknowledge the injury.
Stacey Sher, the film's producer, described the incident, saying, "Leo had slammed his hand on the table countless times, and he moved his hand further, and he crushed a crystal cordial glass. Blood was dripping down his hand. He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches."Cool fact?
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All Of Tarantino's Movies Are Connected
If you watch Tarantino's first two movies, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, you will notice some similarities. There's the theory that the briefcase in Pulp Fiction contains the diamonds from the earlier film, and Vincent's last name (Vega) connects to a brother named Vic Vega, otherwise known as Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs. As his filmography continues, more and more references can be found from one film to another, leading to a plethora of theories online.
Internet theories are one thing, but Tarantino has confirmed that all of his films are connected, and they inhabit two fictional universes. He explained this while speaking to The Project in 2016:
There is actually two separate universes. There is the realer than real universe, alright, and all the characters inhabit that one. But then there's this movie universe. So From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, they all take place in this special movie universe. So when all the characters of Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction, when they go to the movies, Kill Bill is what they go to see. From Dusk Till Dawn is what they see.
A good example of the one universe touching on the other comes in Pulp Fiction when Mia Wallace explains the plot of her pilot, Fox Force Five. The plot she described fits the plot of the two Kill Bill films rather perfectly, and this was done by design. For The Hateful Eight, one character from that film links to another from a movie that takes place in the 20th century. While the director hasn't confirmed it, it seems likely that Tim Roth's character, Oswaldo Mobray, whose real name is English Pete Hicox, shares the surname held by Michael Fassbender's Archie Hicox from Inglourious Basterds. Incidentally, that part was originally intended for Roth.Cool fact?