View Full Version : Pulp Fiction Question

08-26-2001, 11:49 PM
What's in the briefcase?


08-27-2001, 02:31 AM
I think it was the same thing Indiana Jones had when the Nazi's were chasing him.

08-27-2001, 02:35 AM
I read somewhere that Quentin Tarantino told his actors (it may have been an interview with Samuel Jackson) that when they opened the briefcase they should imagine they were looking at the greatest thing they could think of.

Personally I think it is similar to the stuff in the trunk in Repo Man.

08-27-2001, 02:56 AM
It's called a "mcguffin", a term used in film study, which basically means it is more a symbolic thing than an actual physical thing.

It could represent anything including riches (money, gold, jewels, etc), someone's soul, or any other number of things.

I like to think of it as a shiny golden dildo that gives any woman who uses it a million orgasms. Now that would be a prize!

08-27-2001, 03:35 AM
i always thought it was the soul of marcellus wallace. there used to be an explanation to this, but i can't recall it now...

08-27-2001, 07:20 AM

08-27-2001, 10:42 AM
the bandaid on the back of his neck maybe had something to do with it???

08-27-2001, 11:13 AM

08-27-2001, 12:48 PM
Quentin Tarantino's ego.

08-27-2001, 01:57 PM
How 'bout diamonds from Reservoir Dogs.

Remember the rescusitation seen? There are two games on the shelf behind them: Operation and Life.

08-27-2001, 03:04 PM

08-27-2001, 03:45 PM
Odd, I was just thinking about that this weekend. I always thought it was Marcellus' soul, but someone else told me that that doesn't synch with the timeline of the film. I was going to watch again last night, but Paradise beckoned. Here's a link I came across this weekend:



08-27-2001, 04:27 PM
Perhaps, but the bandaid also foreshadows the rape scene, I think. Remember that the first shot we see of Marsellus is from the rear.


08-27-2001, 11:23 PM
I love a good exegesis as much as the next guy, but. . .

I read somewhere (so it must be true) that Tarantino slapped the band-aid on at the last second because Ving Rames has a scar on the back of his neck. QT didn't want us obsessing on the scar, so, now we obsess about the band-aid!

Murray Who loves PF to death. And who firmly believes that Samuel L Jackson should have won best actor, not just been nominated for best-supporting.

08-28-2001, 05:24 AM

It's not just the bandaid but the first shot of Marsellus, along with many of the subsequent shots, which show him from the rear. Agree on Jackson, and many of the other actors give fine performances.


08-28-2001, 02:54 PM
PF is a classic. Can't wait for "Vega brothers" sometime next year i heard.


08-28-2001, 04:52 PM
Vega Brothers? You mean QT is filming a new flick featuring V and V? God, now I can't think of anything else until I see it. (I still get all goofy over the opening scene, beginning of music, of Pulp Fiction. Boy do I love that movie.

Adam, any plans to play with your old pals at the HI? Lots of new blood/action/insanity.


08-29-2001, 01:16 AM
Hey Murray,

No plans to come downtown anytime soon. Bought a house out in Maple Ridge and stay pretty close to home and computer! Plan on buying a pick-up truck with a gun rack very soon...

Good luck at Hi,


08-29-2001, 10:40 PM
Maple Ridge? Jesus, that's in Alberta, isn't it?

Congrats on the house (and the wife, of course). And I'll be pleased as punch not to see you at the HI!

all the best,


08-31-2001, 07:20 AM
No one mentioned the reference to the Robert Aldrich flick. Seemed obvious to me.

(I also knew we were just never gonna see what's inside! Bravo, maestro.)