Happy Birthday Pulp Fiction! Here’s Some Cool Facts….

That’s right peeps! One of our all-time favourite retro flicks Pulp Fiction was released today back in 1994! A cool 19 years ago, some of the coolest cats ever to hit the silver screen first wowed us with it’s amazing action, dark comedy moments and possibly one of the best all-star cast ever!

Directed and written by one of our heroes Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a super mysterious briefcase. A lot of the screen time is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ senses of humor and perspectives on life. Known for its slightly different film style which became slightly fragmented story telling style of the different characters, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s you know.

Well, anywho we’re sure you guys have certainly seen it once or twice in your time and could tell us even more reasons to love it, so we’ve decided to search the web and pick out some cool lesser-known facts about this movie masterpiece that might shock, amaze or simply have you wanting to go back and watch it once more. Check out some of our Pulp Fiction Did You Know Facts!

So why was is called Pulp Fiction? Well the film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction is self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of “pulp.” The plot, as in many of Tarantino’s other works, is presented out of chronological sequence.

 Men's Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****r T-Shirt
Men's Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****r T-Shirt

Tarantino actually wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role as Paul.

Not really shocking…but the F bomb is used an F#@*ing insane 265 times in the film!

Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace’s neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus’s soul… but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up. Simples.

The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: “Coolidge vs Wilson” and “Vossler vs Martinez”. The first is a reference to United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, the second is a reference to Russell Vossler and Jerry Martinez, who are two friends of Tarantino’s from when he worked in a video store.

The classic Bible verse told by Jules known as ‘The Righteous Man and the Shepherd’ doesn’t actually exist and was made up mostly by Tarantino and Jackson.

The movie cost an amazing $8 million to make, $5 million of which went just to pay the actors’ salaries. Wowzersss!

The movie’s line “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.” was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.  Simple things huh.

Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm
Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm

Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered for the role of Butch. BONUS: Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.

Jules’ “Bad Mother F**ker” wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jules, would later go on to play Shaft in the 2000 remake, Shaft.

 Pulp Fiction Wallet
Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****R Wallet

Jules’s character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.

Aaaand that’s a wrap folks! Hopefully you’ve had fun and maybe learned a little something along the way.

So what are you top gangster films? Let us know by leaving us a comment below 🙂

xoxo

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Jeepers Peepers! It’s weekend time once more.

So on a tropical beach beneath the bright yellow sun, gently shaded by a plume of palm trees, lent against a ramshackle Tiki bar made from bamboo, decorated with Mayan figurines and coconuts let us be your Sunkist Hawaiian shirted bar keep as we mix for you a brightly coloured fruity cocktail of mega cinematic greatness, with a zesty after taste of retro movie awesomeness and a  tiny squeeze of celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 27th July

The Goonies (1985) GOLD 12:00pm-2:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Seven youngsters uncover an old map and set out on the adventure of a lifetime to save their homes from a land developer by finding a legendary pirate’s hidden treasure. However, they first have to navigate a series of booby-trapped underground caverns and outwit a family of crooks also after the loot. Children’s adventure, starring Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin and Martha Plimpton

Ladies Goonies Never Say Die T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
Ladies Goonies Never Say Die T-Shirt

Goonies Hey You Guys Mug
Goonies Hey You Guys Mug

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) ITV London 3:05pm-6:00pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
The young wizard and his friends return for their second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover a strange serpentine power is petrifying the other students. Meanwhile, Harry is haunted by a sinister voice in his head urging him to uncover the dark force that is stalking the corridors of the school. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Kenneth Branagh

Ladies Grey Harry Potter Gryffindor Team Quidditch T-Shirt
Ladies Grey Harry Potter Gryffindor Team Quidditch T-Shirt

Men's Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle
Men's Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) BBC1 London 7:00pm-8:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The intrepid archaeologist, with his young sidekick and a nightclub singer in tow, is stranded in India, where he takes on a mission to recover magical sacred stones from the hands of an evil cult engaged in human sacrifice and child slavery. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Harrison Ford

There’s Something About Mary (1998) E4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A lovelorn man hires a sleazy private eye to track down his high-school sweetheart in the hope of rekindling their brief relationship. By unfortunate coincidence, the detective also falls for her, and then it emerges there are even more men out there competing for her affections. Comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Matt Dillon and Lee Evans

SUNDAY 28th July

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992) Channel 5 2:55pm-4:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A tough Los Angeles cop receives a visit from his overprotective mother. Not content with tidying his home and meddling in his love life, she joins him on duty to rid the streets of crime after witnessing a murder. Comedy, starring Sylvester Stallone, Estelle Getty, JoBeth Williams, Roger Rees and Martin Ferrero. Edited for daytime broadcast

Legend (1985) Film4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A peasant boy, who has a special bond with animals and fairies, shows his sweetheart the last surviving unicorns. Unfortunately, a monstrous demon and his goblin henchmen despise the mythical creatures and trick the girl into harming one of them, forcing Jack to act quickly to save her immortal soul. Ridley Scott’s fantasy adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry and David Bennent

WALL.E (2008) BBC3 8:30pm-10:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
In the far future, waste collection robot WALL.E is the only unit left to clean up a desolate and dilapidated Earth. But when a survey droid arrives to search for any signs of life, WALL.E is lovestruck and hitches a ride on the spaceship sent to collect her, embarking on a journey that could determine the future of the human race. Pixar animated sci-fi adventure, with the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard and Sigourney Weaver

Superbad (2007) Comedy Central 9:00pm-11:15pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Two teenage friends are on the brink of going to different colleges, so decide to mark the event by going to a party where they hope to lose their virginity. However, they have promised to supply the booze for the event, a task that proves much harder than expected because they are under age. Unfortunately, when a friend steps in to help, the situation gets even worse. Comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Piff Paff Poof! It’s bonus movie clip time. A little Mclovin to get you in the mood.
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Whatever you get up to this weekend remember never poke the tiger and always enjoy yourselves.

Happy Birthday to the Italian Stallion

And in the blue Corner, the birthday boy, weighing in at 202 lbs, from the great city of New York, The Italian Stallion, Sylvester Stallooooone!

Yes if you haven’t already heard, it’s Rambo himself’s birthday! To honour one of our favourite action stars on his b-day, I decided to put together my Top Five Stallone movie moments for all you guys (and gals!) to remember and enjoy all over again!

Let’s take peep…

1 Over the Top
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2 Cliffhanger opening scene
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3 Rambo final scene
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4 Rocky 4 Training scene
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5 Rocky final scene
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So if thats sent you over the top for all things Balboa, why not check out some of our awesome official Rocky Tees….

Rocky Balboa T-Shirt
Ladies Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt

Rocky T-Shirt
Men's Rocky Italian Stallion T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top five, What are your favourite Stallone moments? We’d love you to share your best moments.

Until next time, Happy Birthday Mr Stallone from all of us at here at the home of retro clothing, TruffleShuffle.com 🙂

xoxo

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Bears in jumpers! Is it the weekend?

So, as the sun descends over the dusty planes of old wild west, where herds of cattle graze freely on the lush vegetation, let us be your band of sun-kissed, dirt covered cowboys as we attempt to drive this cattle train over fields of retro movie greatness, across rivers of mega cinematic awesomeness and through valleys of celluloid amazement. Yeeehaw!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 20th APRIL

Kindergarten Cop (1990)ITV London 3:30pm-5:30pm (2 hours)
A tough detective is forced to pose as a pre-school teacher in a bid to capture a drug dealer whose son is one of the pupils. However, his biggest challenge turns out to be controlling a class full of five-year-olds. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Linda Hunt, Pamela Reed and Richard Tyson.

Rocky IV (1985)Channel 5 7:40pm-9:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The Italian Stallion agrees to help former champion Apollo Creed train for a match against a seemingly invincible boxer from the Soviet Union, only to see his friend die as a result of injuries sustained in the fight. Rocky vows to avenge him, and prepares to take on the Russian heavyweight in his own country. Drama sequel, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers and Brigitte Nielsen.

Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)
Men's Rocky Balboa vs Clubber Lang T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)Film4 9:00pm-10:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A stressed businessman just wants to make it home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. However, when his flight is forced to land miles from its destination, he finds himself sharing a disaster-strewn journey across America with an amiable but slobbish salesman. Comedy road movie, starring Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins, Kevin Bacon and Michael McKean.

Parenthood (1989)ITV London 10:45pm-1:00am (2 hours 15 minutes)
Anxious family man Gil Buckman is determined to have a better relationship with his three children than he had with his tough father. Elsewhere, his two sisters are also having family problems – one is struggling to understand her two troubled teenagers, while the other’s husband wants to turn their toddler into a child genius. Comedy drama, starring Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest.

SUNDAY 21st APRIL

Toy Story (1995)ITV2 12:10pm-1:55pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Toy Story 2 (1999)ITV2 1:55pm-3:45pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Cowboy doll Woody is stolen by an unscrupulous toy collector, who knows he is worth a fortune as a collectible, prompting fearless Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear to lead a daring across-town mission to rescue him. However, Woody is tempted to spend his life languishing in the safety of a museum rather than face the prospect of his owner growing up. Animated sequel, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack and Kelsey Grammer.

Jurassic Park (1993)ITV London 3:55pm-6:15pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Risky Business (1983)Sky Living 10:00pm-11:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
An upper-class suburban teenager gets involved with a prostitute while his parents are away on holiday, turning the family home into a brothel and jeopardising his plans for the future. Coming-of-age comedy, starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Bronson Pinchot and Joe Pantoliano.

Whopbopalooba-awhopbamboo! It’s bonus movie clip time!

This time from the best supply teacher of all time Mr Schwarzenegger. I only want one of these kids dads jobs, I’ll let you guess which one!

Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember, if it aint broke, break it and always enjoy yourselves.

Toodaloo.

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Three legged donkey! Weekend fun for all!

So, in a darkened city with towering sky scrapers adorned with gargoyles overlooking it’s streets. A city overrun with crime and debauchery, a  city where it’s inhabitants live in fear to even go outside at night, a city with a  crooked system controlled by a megalomaniac war lord with his evil thumb pressed down hard over whomever tries to overthrow him. Let us be your dynamic, fast as lightning, ever powerful, courageous Superhero as we pull our underpants up over our tights, strap on our boots and tie on our eye mask, we’ll use super powers of retro movie awesomeness, mega cinematic greatness and celluloid wonder.

Not only to end his evil reign but also bring you a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 13th APRIL

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987)Channel 5 2:45pm-4:25pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Commandant Lassard comes to the conclusion that his staff are overworked, so in an attempt to solve the problem, he assigns the cluelesscops to teach a group of equally inept civilians how to combat crime. Comedy sequel, with Steve Guttenberg, Sharon Stone, Bubba Smith,Michael Winslow and David Graf.

Rocky III (1982)Channel 5 4:25pm-6:20pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Balboa settles down into a life of luxury – but a cloud appears on the horizon in the shape of ambitious contender Clubber Lang, whose brutal fighting style represents a serious threat to his title. Drama, starring Sylvester Stallone, Mr T, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Hulk Hogan.

Men's Rocky Logo T-Shirt £16.99 (also available for ladies!)
Men's Rocky Logo T-Shirt £16.99 (also available for ladies!)

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)ITV2 6:00pm-8:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the extraterrestrial to contact his own people and call for rescue. However, living on Earth starts to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, while a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.

 Ladies Blue Keep Calm And Phone Home E.T. Acid Wash Vintage T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men!)
Ladies Blue Keep Calm And Phone Home E.T. Acid Wash Vintage T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men!)

Alien (1979)Film4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The crew of a cargo spacecraft answer a distress call from a derelict alien spacecraft. However, their mission of mercy has fatal repercussions when a deadly, seemingly indestructible alien monster gets aboard their ship and starts killing them one by one. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm and John Hurt.

SUNDAY 14th APRIL

The Addams Family (1991)Channel 4 1:40pm-3:40pm (2 hours)
Creepy couple Morticia and Gomez find their unconventional life threatened by a man claiming to be a long-lost relative. When they welcome him with open arms, they fall prey to a plot that could cost them their ancestral home and the family fortune. Black comedy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken.

Three Men and a Baby (1987)Film4 4:40pm-6:40pm (2 hours)
The lives of three flat-sharing bachelors are turned upside down when they discover a baby left on their doorstep. Unfortunately, while trying to get to grips with the necessary parenting skills, they find themselves menaced by criminals searching for missing drugs. Comedy, directed by Leonard Nimoy, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Nancy Travis.

Weird Science (1985)Syfy 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
Two sexually frustrated teenagers use their computer to design the perfect woman, but are ill prepared for the outcome when their creation comes to life. She decides to make men of them, by putting them in a series of situations that will force them to stand up for themselves. John Hughes’ sci-fi comedy, starring Kelly LeBrock, Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Robert Downey Jr and Bill Paxton.

Cocktail (1988)Channel 4 11:50pm-1:40am (1 hour 50 minutes)
An ambitious bartender and his mentor become the talk of New York before their differences drive them apart. Relocating in Jamaica, the barman is torn between the waitress he loves and a wealthy older woman who can make his dreams of running his own establishment come true. Drama, starring Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue and Lisa Banes.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember never cross the road behind a bus and enjoy the little things.

Tata!