In homage to Quentin Tarantino, this article will be done in a non-liner fashion, so here is end of the article. Hope you enjoyed all the amazing connections in the Quentin Tarantino Film universe… just kidding.
Quentin Tarantino is widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers, writers and directors of all time. He has created cult classics, critically acclaimed independent films and commercially successful blockbusters. He is known for having a unique storytelling style, which usually incorporates non-liner storylines, graphic violence and profanity. He is also known for working in several different genres, such as, Martial Arts, Spaghetti Westerns, Crime, Comedy, Mystery and Horror. He also likes to combine genres.
After years of speculation, Tarantino revealed that his films all take place within the same-shared universe, similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However unlike the MCU, characters don’t crossover from film to film. Often, his films will share similar themes and motifs. There are several mind-blowing connections in his films; some are really obvious while others are easy to miss. These include character connections, shared products and some really cool events. The ‘Shared Universe’ features all of his incredible films: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. The shared universe also includes films he has written but did not direct, which are: True Romance, Natural Born Killers and From Dusk Till Dawn. The only film not a part of this is the 1997 Blaxploitation film Jackie Brown, which was an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, Rum Punch. Here is a look at 15 Amazing Connections in the Quentin Tarantino Shared Film Universe.
15) A Movie Universe Within a Film Universe
Each of Quentin Tarantino’s films are complex with flawed characters facing moral dilemmas. His shared film universe is even more complex and some of the connections might be surprising. Tarantino revealed that he actually created two film universes within one. There is the “real” universe, which includes characters from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. However, there is also a movie universe within the film universe. These are movies that the characters from Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction would go to the movie theatre to see. These movies include Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn. So it’s very possible that on Friday Night, Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) might go check out the newest Martial Arts classic, Kill Bill, or maybe a horror movie, such as From Dusk Till Dawn. That would make for a very interesting night at the movies.
14) The Dimmick Family – Reservoir Dogs (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994)
There are several relatives in the Tarantino Universe that appear in different films. The Dimmick family are relatives that show up in Tarantino’s films from time to time. Both have had very significant roles in their respective films. In Reservoir Dogs, the characters all go by code names and don’t reveal their real names to each other. However, Mr. White, played by Harvey Keitel, reveals to Mr. Orange, played by Tim Roth, that his real name is Lawrence Dimmick. Lawrence is betrayed by Mr. Orange and left for dead. Jimmie, played by Quentin Tarantino, is related to Larry Dimmick. Jimmie is different than his relative in that he is terrified of his wife, Bonnie. In Pulp Fiction, Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, show up to Jimmie’s house with a dead body. Jimmie helps them get rid of the body and clean up as long as it’s done before his wife gets home.
13) The Bonnie Situation – Reservoir Dogs (1992) True Romance (1993) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Nurse Bonnie Dimmick (Venessia Valentino) is an important character that plays a minor role in Pulp Fiction. After Vincent Vega accidentally kills an acquaintance, he and Jules Winnfield go to Jimmie Dimmick’s house for assistance. They also call Winston Wolf, played by Harvey Keitel, to direct them on the clean up and disposal of the body. Jimmie needs them to clean up the body and get out before Jimmie’s wife Bonnie, comes home. Bonnie is also mentioned in two other Tarantino films. First, she is mentioned but not seen in Reservoir Dogs. The plot follows criminals after a bank robbery gone wrong. Mr. Orange, Det. Freddie Newandyke (Tim Roth), is shot and dying, and in desperate need of medical attention. “Nice Guy” Eddie, played by Chris Penn, mentions a nurse he knows named Bonnie. Bonnie is also mentioned in True Romance as being an associate of Alabama’s. However, this could be a different Bonnie and not the same as Nurse Bonnie.
12) Seymour and Jack Scagnetti – Reservoir Dogs (1992) Natural Born Killers (1994)
Natural Born Killers followed two psychopathic lovers who go on a killing rampage and commit mass murders. The film starred Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr. The original screenplay was written by Tarantino and rewritten by Oliver Stone, who also directed. Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino’s first film and is considered a cult classic. The plot followed several bank robbers after a botched heist and the violent aftermath. It starred Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Blonde, Vic Vega, portrayed by Michael Madsen, visits his parole officer once he’s released from prison. His parole officer is Seymour Scagnetti, who might have a pretty famous brother. In Natural Born Killers, Detective Jack Scagnetti, played by Tom Sizemore attempts to capture the insane couple of Mickey, portrayed by Woody Harrelson, and Mallory Knox, portrayed by Juliette Lewis.
11) Jack Rabbit Slims – Reservoir Dogs (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reservoir Dogs is a crime-heist film that revolves around a bank robbery gone wrong. Pulp Fiction is a neo-noir crime thriller that features an ensemble cast. Reservoir Dogs is a cult classic and Pulp Fiction was a surprise hit. There are many links between the two films, such as characters and events. There is another easy to miss clue that links that two films together. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) takes out Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) on the orders of his boss. He takes her to a cool 50’s style restaurant called Jack Rabbit Slims, where Mia has one of their famous milkshakes. The two famously dancing at the restaurant is one of the most iconic scenes from the film. However, Jack Rabbit Slims is first mentioned in Reservoir Dogs. After Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) shoots Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), an advertisement for Jack Rabbit Slims can be heard in the background on the radio which mentions their famous milkshakes.
10) The Vega Brothers – Reservoir Dogs (1992) Pulp Fiction (1994)
Many consider Reservoir Dogs to be one of the best Independent films. The film starred Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney and Quentin Tarantino in a minor role. Pulp Fiction is considered a groundbreaking and iconic film, which starred Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman and John Travolta. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. Blonde, real name Vic Vega, played by Michael Madsen, is a sick and sadistic criminal who violently cuts off the ear of a cop. Vic Vega’s brother Vincent Vega appears in Pulp Fiction played by John Travolta. Vincent is one of the hit men hired to retrieve a mysterious briefcase for his boss. At one time, Tarantino discussed the possibility of doing a Vega Brothers Feature Film, which would bring Vic and Vincent together in a film possibly titled Double V Vega. It would have most likely been a prequel. However due to the age of the actors now, he feels it’s too late.
9) Alabama – Reservoir Dogs (1992) True Romance (1993)
Reservoir Dogs revolved around a group of criminals failing to pull off a bank heist and the violent consequences. Romantic-crime thriller, True Romance revolved around comic book fan Clarence Worley, played by Christian Slater, and call girl Alabama Whitman, played Patricia Arquette, who do whatever it takes to be together, including surviving brutal beatings and Mexican standoffs. Early in the film, Clarence ends up killing Alabama’s pimp Drexl, played by Gary Oldman, in order to free her from him. Alabama is actually first mentioned in Reservoir Dogs. During a meeting, Mr. White, real name Lawrence Dimmick, played by Harvey Keitel, reveals that he hasn’t heard from or seen his former partner Alabama, in over two years. According to Lawrence, Alabama and Mr. White used to commit bank robberies together and he was sort of a mentor to her. It’s very likely that they’re the same character. She apparently moved on once she fell in love with a guy obsessed with Elvis.
8) Crazy Craig Koons and Captain Koons – Pulp Fiction (1994) Django Unchained (2012)
It may seem impossible to link a neo-noir crime thriller like Pulp Fiction, to a Spaghetti Western/revenge film set in the south during slavery like Django Unchained. Django Unchained starred Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film revolved around Django, played by Jamie Foxx, a freed slave trying to reunite with his wife. A memorable scene in Pulp Fiction featured Captain Koons, played by Christopher Walken, telling a young Butch about his father and the lucky watch. The Captain had snuck the watch out of a POW camp during the war in a very uncomfortable place. The noble Captain Koons had promised to deliver it to Butch and kept his word. There is a very small clue hidden in Django that links the two movies together. In Django Unchained, a ‘Wanted’ poster is shown and the name “Crazy” Craig Koons appears on the bottom. He was a notorious gang member and killer. Craig is an ancestor of Captain Koons.
7) Texas Rangers Earl & Ed McGraw – From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) Death Proof (2007)
Earl and Ed McGraw are two Texas Rangers who appear in several films of Quentin Tarantino’s, as well as Robert Rodriguez films. The three films they appear in could be considered movies within the film universe. Michael Parks and his real life son, James Parks, portray the characters. The McGraws are first introduced in From Dusk Till Dawn, which was written by and co-starred Quentin Tarantino, but was directed by Robert Rodriguez. The film followed two fugitive bank robbers, The Grecko Brothers who battle a group of vampires. Earl and Ed reappear in Kill Bill Vol. 1 at the scene of the brutal massacre at the church. The McGraw family is expanded on in Grindhouse, which was a double feature of Tarantino’s Death Proof and Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. Both Earl and Ed McGraw appear in Grindhouse and Earl’s daughter Dr. Dakota Block, played byMary Shelton, is introduced. Earl and Dakota appear in Death Proof and are expanded upon in Plant Terror.
6) Inglourious Romance – True Romance (1993) Inglourious Basterds (2009)
True Romance is a crime/romance film, which was written by Tarantino and directed by Tony Scott. The film starred Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken and Dennis Hopper. The film followed two lovers who will go to violent and destructive means to be together. Inglourious Basterds is a war film that occurs during World War 2 in an alternate history. The film revolved around two separate plots to kill Adolf Hitler. The film starred Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Eli Roth. At one point in True Romance, Clarence and Alabama attempt to sell cocaine to a big shot filmmaker, Lee Donowitz, played by Saul Rubinek. It’s a small connection that might be easy to miss but Lee Donowitz’s father is a World War 2 veteran and member of the Inglourious Basterds, “The Bear Jew” Sgt. Donny Donowitz, played by Eli Roth.
5) Big Kahuna Burger
Throughout the Tarantino universe, there are several different products that pop up from time to time. One famous product is the fast food chain, Big Kahuna Burger. It’s most famously linked with Jules Winnfield, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who gives an iconic speech in Pulp Fiction. In the scene, Jules and Vincent Vega are interrogating individuals they believe double-crossed their boss, Marsellus Wallace, played by Ving Rhames. Jules helps himself to some of their “delicious” Big Kahuna Burger. However, that’s not the only time that the fast food chain appeared. In Reservoir Dogs, when we first meet Vic Vega he’s sipping on a Big Kahuna Burger cup. Seth, played by George Clooney, and Richie Gecko, played by Quentin Tarantino, carry a white bag with the Big Kahuna Burger logo on the front in From Dust Till Dawn. Death Proof revolves around Stuntman Mike, played by Kurt Russell, who creates fake car accidents in order to kill young women. At one point, Stuntman Mike mentions a Big Kahuna Burger Billboard.
4) “English” Pete Hicox and Lt. Archie Hicox – Inglourious Basterds (2009) The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Hateful Eight takes place a few years after the American Civil War and revolves around a prisoner being transported during a snowstorm. It starred an ensemble cast, which included Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Brue Dern and Channing Tatum. “English” Pete Hicox, played by Tim Roth, was a notorious outlaw and member of the Domingray Gang. English Pete was so notorious that there was a $15,000 bounty on his head. His great-great grandson decided to take a slightly different path in life. Inglourious Basterds revolved around two separate attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. It starred Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Melanie Laurent. Lt. Archie Hicox, played by Michael Fassbender, was a British Army Solider who served during the Second World War. He was considered an honourable, noble and model solider. He joined The Inglourious Basterds on their mission to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the premiere of a Nazi propaganda film.
3) The Lonely Grave Of Paula Schultz – Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) Django Unchained (2012)
Kill Bill contains elements of Martial Arts, Spaghetti Westerns and revenge films. It starred Uma Thurman as ‘The Bride’, Beatrix Kiddo, as she seeks revenge against those that wronged her and killed her unborn child. Django Unchained followed a freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx), as he searches for his wife with the help of a former dentist turned bounty hunter, Dr. King Schutlz (Christoph Waltz). The last name might seem familiar because it popped up in Kill Bill. During a famous scene in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Budd, played by Michael Madsen, buries The Bride in a grave. The Bride then digs her way out. The name of the grave is Paula Schultz, who might possibly be the wife or relative of Dr. King. Dr. King was married at one point and it’s known that his wife died. The date of the grave would imply that whoever she was to him died prior to the events in Django, which might also help explain why a dentist would become a bounty hunter.
2) Red Apple Cigarettes & Tobacco
Red Apple Cigarettes are a famous and popular brand of cigarettes in the Tarantino universe. The cigarettes come in a distinctive yellow package with a logo of a smoking green worm emerging from a Red Apple. Several characters in Pulp Fiction are shown smoking Red Apple. The brand shows up again in the horror film From Dusk Till Dawn. Red Apple also appeared in the 2015 film, The Hateful Eight. The film takes place just after the American Civil War and revolves around a bounty hunter transporting a prisoner who is then snowed in a tavern with many unsavoury characters. At one point, several of the characters are shown smoking Red Apple Tobacco, meaning the brand has been around for a very long time. Red Apple is most prominently featured in Kill Bill Vol. 1. When The Bride is walking through the Tokyo Airport, a billboard for Red Apple Cigarettes is clearly visible.
1) Mia Wallace & The Bride – Pulp Fiction (1994) Kill Bill (2003/2004)
Pulp Fiction is considered to be Tarantino’s breakthrough movie. The film starred an ensemble cast, which included, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. Kill Bill is a Martial Arts film and Spaghetti Western, which revolved around The Bride, Beatrix Kiddo. It starred Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu and David Carradine. Obviously, a common connection between the two films is Uma Thurman. She was universally praised for her roles as Mia Wallace and Beatrix Kiddo. The two characters have something else in common. In Pulp Fiction, Vincent Vega takes Mia out for dinner on the orders of his boss. She reveals that she is an actress and once appeared in a failed TV pilot, Fox Force. She goes on to describe the series and says, “There was a blonde, she was the leader. The Japanese Fox was a Kung Fu master. The black girl was a demolition expert. The French Fox’s specialty was s*x. The character I played, was the deadliest woman in the world with a knife.” It appears that she’s describing Kill Bill, which is a movie within the Tarantino Film Universe. It’s possible that Mia plays The Bride within the Universe. However, it’s not clear if Fox Force is Kill Bill or if Fox Force was adapted to the big screen. Maybe fans like Vic Vega and Alabama started a fan petition to get the series made into a film.