The year 1994 was an exceptional 12 months as it pertains to the big screen film projects that were released in the United States.
For moviegoers who love action films, “True Lies” (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis) delivered some Academy Award worthy performances. The brilliance of actor Tom Hanks permanently etched “Forrest Gump” into American pop culture.
Also, the timelessness of Disney’s “The Lion King” gave America’s children a movie-watching experience that has been passed down from generation to generation since then. However, in 1994, Lawrence Bender Productions also re-solidified itself in Hollywood.
Case in point: Legendary screenwriter/director Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic “Pulp Fiction.” Two years earlier, film producer Lawrence Bender and Tarantino’s collective genius had already exploded on screen with the release of “Reservoir Dogs.”
This 1992 crime thriller is so significant because it will forever be the project that brought together two of the greatest American filmmakers of all time. For round two, Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino shook the world up again with “Pulp Fiction.”
Much has been written about how Lawrence Bender Productions birthed a film that grossed over $100 million dollars with a budget of $8 million dollars. Bender did an exclusive interview with the New York Times and elaborated on this amazing process.
The 1994 Times article was titled A Film Maker and the Art of the Deal. This piece was written by Bernard Weinraub, a former reporter who is also a veteran playwright. Bender talked about his frugality and how he sacrifices things to make films happen.
“Someone said to me: ‘Don’t they put you up in a hotel? Why are you sleeping on people’s couches?'” Bender told the Times.
“And I say: ‘You don’t understand. “They” is “me.”‘ Instead of spending $10,000 on a hotel, I could get another crew person. I can’t get away from the fact that I want to put everything in the movie,” Bender went on to say.
Bender and Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” follows their signature all-star cast trend. Performances from John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, , Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Ving Rhames make this films the epitome of timeless.
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