With the release of Inglourious Basterds, out on August 21, we decided to find some of Quentin Tarantino’s greatest movie moments, from his areas of directing, writing and also acting. Here are ten of his best, from Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and more. Enjoy! **WARNING: Some of these clips are R-rated and contain strong language and violent content. Viewer discretion advised.**
Reservoir Dogs - Stuck in the Middle With You (ear scene)
Tarantino’s writing and directing debut was the ultra-violent 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs about a jewelry heist gone terribly wrong, starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Steve Buscemi. In this memorable scene, Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) tortures a cop while listening to the song, “Stuck in the Middle with You.”
Pulp Fiction - Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest
Uma Thurman and John Travolta take to the dance floor for a twist contest and show off their mad skills together to the song, ‘’You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry. Tarantino’s 1994 follow-up to Reservoir Dogs earned Tarantino the Palm D’Or Award at Cannes and was also nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Pulp Fiction - Royale with Cheese
John Travolta and Samuel Jackson play hired killers Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield discussing the finer dining choices in France such as McDonald’s and why a Quarter Pounder there is called a ‘Royale with Cheese.’
From Dusk Till Dawn - Salma Hayek’s erotic dance
Although directed by his friend Robert Rodriguez, Tarantino wrote and starred as George Clooney’s brother (there’s a stretch!) in this 1996 action/horror movie about vampires. In this scene, a very sexy Salma Hayek performs quite a erotic dance involving a huge yellow python. Nice writing, Quentin.
Jackie Brown - Jackie takes control
Tarantino is not known for having much of a romantic storyline in his movies, but Jackie Brown (1997) is the rare exception, with the title character played by Pam Grier falling for her bail bondsman, played by Robert Forster, in this adaptation from an Elmore Leonard novel. Jackie is protecting her own in this scene where she pulls a gun on her former gun-dealing boss played by Samuel Jackson.
Kill Bill: vol.1 - The Bride vs. The Crazy 88
Uma Thurman stars as the lead character know only as ‘The Bride’ in Taranatino’s 2-part work, Kill Bill. In the first part, The Bride sets out to kill the 5 people responsible for ruining her wedding day by killing everyone at the ceremony. To get to one of them, O-Ren Ishii, she must first get through O-Ren’s crime gang, The Crazy 88, using nothing but her sword. There is so much killing and blood squirting from bodies in this sequence, Sam Peckinpah would be proud!
Kill Bill: vol. 1 - The Bride vs. O-Ren Ishii
In this last fight scene in the first Kill Bill, Uma’s character has a beautifully choreographed samurai sword battle with O-Ren Ishii, played by Lucy Liu, at night in the snow.
Kill Bill: vol. 2 - The Bride vs. Elle Driver
Uma Thurman takes on Daryl Hannah’s Elle Driver in an epic fight and sword battle that takes place in a very small mobile home that gets destroyed in the process.
Grindhouse - Death Proof Car Chase
In this double bill co-directed with Robert Rodriquez known as Grindhouse, Tarantino’s segment, Death Proof featured many car chase sequences including this one with stuntwoman/actress Zoe Bell holding on for dear life on the hood of her friend’s car while Kurt Russell’s ‘Stuntman Mike’ slams into them repeatedly with his own muscle stunt car.
Inglourious Basterds - 3 clips
Even though the movie hasn’t been released yet, and we’re not sure which scenes will go down in Tarantino history as some of his best, here are 3 clips spliced together to give you a sense of his latest WWII epic, starring Brad Pitt.
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