Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and actor. In the early 1990s he was an independent filmmaker whose films used nonlinear storylines and aestheticization of violence. He is known for his absurdly encyclopedic knowledge of film history. His films have earned him Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Palme d'Or Awards and he has been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. In 2007, Total Film named him the 12th greatest director of all-time. Known for being very excited about his movies in interviews, using many different sources of inspiration with his work and having many Shout Outs. Notable for his witty dialog and frequently using the same actors in his movies. He also likes womens' bare feet.

Brad Pitt presented him like this. Suits well for the trope page.


Directed:[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Reservoir Dogs -- A heist film that skips the heist, jumping back and forth between the set-up and the calamitous aftermath of a jewelry store robbery. This film uses a nonlinear narrative that became a trademark of Tarantino's.
  • Pulp Fiction -- Various tales of sex, violence, drugs, and redemption intersect in the underworld of LA. This film put Tarantino on the map and had tremendous influence on the way films were made for the next decade.
  • The ER episode "Motherhood", arguably one of the best of the series, features his trademark motifs.
  • Four Rooms (segment "The Man from Hollywood") -- A group of Hollywood power players hire the bellhop to serve as an impartial hatchet-man to preside over an ill-advised dare. Contains a particularly impressive Oner.
  • Jackie Brown -- A just-making-it flight attendant collaborates with a bail bondsman to pull a heist on an arms dealer. This is generally considered to be Tarantino's most disappointing film due to comparisons to Pulp Fiction, though it has its following. Loosely adapted from the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, and a subtle homage to the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s.
  • Kill Bill, Vols. 1 & 2 -- An Action Girl, Left for Dead, goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • A scene in the Sin City movie, specifically, Dwight driving to the tar pits.
  • The CSI episode "Grave Danger" -- which is highly regarded as the best two-part episode of the entire series and features a lot of his motifs while staying within the confines of a CSI episode.
  • Death Proof -- A pastiche of exploitation and musclecar films of the 1970's: A serial-killing stuntman targets young women, using his Cool Car as the murder weapon. This was Tarantino's half of the double-feature collaboration Grindhouse.
  • Inglourious Basterds (sic) -- A group of Jewish-American Nazi-killers and a Jewish-French cinema-owner hatch separate plots to kill Adolf Hitler at the premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film.
  • Django Unchained -- Tarantino's take on the Western, or "Southern" as he's calling it. Follows a freed slave as he is mentored by a German bounty hunter (played by Christoph Waltz of Basterds fame) to save his wife from an evil plantation owner. As of May 2011, the script is finished and a few actors have signed on, namely Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, the aforementioned Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Johnson, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Wrote but did not direct:[edit | hide]

  • True Romance -- A hipster with a screw loose marries a Hooker with a Heart of Gold, steals a cache of cocaine, and flees to Hollywood with the mob and police in pursuit. Directed by Tony Scott, who gave the film a happy ending.
  • Natural Born Killers -- Serial-murdering lovers on the lam allegedly illustrate something about violence, media, and the American psyche. Directed by Oliver Stone, who altered the story so much that Tarantino disowned his version.
  • From Dusk till Dawn -- A pair of hardened criminals (Tarantino and George Clooney) abduct a preacher and his family, then get ambushed by vampires in Mexico. Directed by Robert Rodriguez.
  • Crimson Tide -- Uncredited, but rewrote or added many scenes to include his signature pop culture references.

His film roles include:[edit | hide]

  • Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs.
  • Jimmie in Pulp Fiction. You'll recognize him when he asks what sign does not appear over his garage. Tarantino was going to play either Jimmie or Lance the drug dealer. He decided on Jimmie so he could be behind the camera during the adrenaline shot scene.
  • Johnny Destiny in Destiny Turns On The Radio, his only major role.
  • A gangster in Desperado. He tells a classic joke and then gets shot.
  • Famous Hollywood director Chester Rush in Four Rooms.
  • Richard Gecko in From Dusk till Dawn, brother of the main character and one of his largest roles.
  • His smallest role is Jackie Brown, where he just plays a voice on an answering machine.
  • Little Nicky, where he plays an evangelist.
  • He appears as a corpse in Kill Bill, Episode 1.
  • Planet Terror as an infected soldier that attempts to rape one of the main characters.
  • Warren in Death Proof, the bar owner.
  • Sukiyaki Western Django, a Japanese Western with a very similar modus operandi to his own works, directed by Takashi Miike.
  • Sid in Sleep With Me, where he goes on a filibuster on the Ho Yay in Top Gun.
  • Inglourious Basterds as a dead Nazi being scalped. Also seen from behind in Nation's Pride as the American soldier who says, "I implore you, we must destroy that tower!" His hands also strangle Bridget von Hammersmark.

Executive produced:[edit | hide]

  • Killing Zoe, the directorial debut of former writing partner Roger Avary. Avary had previously written a script titled The Open Road, which was the basis for True Romance, and Pandemonium Reigns, which became "The Gold Watch" story in Pulp Fiction.

Distributed:[edit | hide]

  • Chungking Express (Tarantino founded Rolling Thunder Pictures specifically to provide Wong Kar-wai's film with a US release)
  • Sonatine by Takeshi Kitano
  • Switchblade Sisters (initially released in 1975)
  • Hard Core Logo
  • The Mighty Peking Man (initially released in 1977)
  • Detroit 9000 (initially released in 1973)
  • The Beyond
  • Curdled
  • Rolling Thunder (Initially released in 1977)

Each of his films is packed chock-full of references to other films: here is a far from complete list.


Quentin Tarantino provides examples of the following tropes: