The A-Z of Quentin Tarantino

A is for A Band Apart

Tarantino A A Band Apart is Tarantino and Lawrence Bender€™s production company and is the familiar name/logo that has been seen at the opening of every Tarantino film since Pulp Fiction. Formed in 1991, the company takes its name from Jean Luc-Godard€™s French new-wave film Bande à part, which in English means €˜Band of Outsiders€™. Other than producing Tarantino€™s films and his collaborations with Robert Rodriquez, credits for the company include 1995€™s John Travolta film White Man€™s Burden, 1996 black comedy Curdled (produced by Tarantino) and the two From Dusk Till Dawn sequels that were released direct-to-video.

B is for Bruce Willis

Tarantino B While igniting the career of one Samuel L. Jackson and saving the career of John Travolta, Pulp Fiction also resurrected the career of Bruce Willis who since the release of Die Hard 2: Die Harder in 1990 had struggled with a series of forgettable thrillers or downright flops like Striking Distance, The Bonfire of the Vanities and Hudson Hawk. Willis€™ performance as aging boxer Butch Coolidge, a man who is offered a large sum of money by crime figure Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) to throw a fight brought Willis back to prominence and earned him strong critical acclaim for his performance. Since his role in Pulp, he has remained one of the most consistent and reliable box-office performers in Hollywood starring in films like Die Hard With a Vengeance, The Sixth Sense, Armageddon, Sin City and Planet Terror.

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