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Old 08-09-06, 05:37 PM
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PULP FICTION - how can you simply "leave the life?" ***SPOILERS***

In the film, the character Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) is determined to "leave the life" after witnessing a miracle (not getting shot by Seinfeld's "hand-cannon").

Jules friend, Jimmy (played by writer/director Quentin Tarantino), has already "left the life" when he married Bonnie.

I thought mobsters couldn't leave the life. Like in Sopranos, once you're in, you're in. There's no backing out.

What's different with the Pulp Fiction mob?
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It's simple, Buttmunker.

You just have to be a Bad M*thaf*cka.

Like the wallet says.
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It's a movie....
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It's just a movie, it's not real like the Sopranos.
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It's not really a mob is it? My impression is that they're a tiny syndicate of low level criminals, with a few ties, if needed (a la Mr Wolf) to the larger element.
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Yeah, it's just a movie. If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
It's just a movie, it's not real like the Sopranos.
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Originally Posted by Buttmunker
What's different with the Pulp Fiction mob?
As a wild guess I will say it has something to do with the fact that the Pulp Fiction mob is a different mob in a different city run by people from totally different backgrounds with different ways of being criminals.

(I heard a rumor that Samuel L Jackson isn't even Italian!)
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Originally Posted by Inverse
(I heard a rumor that Samuel L Jackson isn't even Italian!)
Luckily Ving Rhames is 100% Italian!
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Originally Posted by mike7162
It's not really a mob is it? My impression is that they're a tiny syndicate of low level criminals, with a few ties, if needed (a la Mr Wolf) to the larger element.
I think this is probably the most likely answer to Buttmunker's question. AFAIK "The Mob" is never mentioned, is it?
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Yeah, it's just a movie. If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor.
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Worst thread. Ever.
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Where in the film does it make it clear that Jimmy use to be a criminal? Seen this film 20 or so times and never picked up on that.
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Originally Posted by Mrs.Nesbit
Where in the film does it make it clear that Jimmy use to be a criminal? Seen this film 20 or so times and never picked up on that.
Women, never paying attention to details.

Jules refers to him as being an old friend and Jimmy doesn't "want to get into it" again with her. He might've been a low-level drug dealer, but whatever he did, she didn't like and asked him to stop.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Women, never paying attention to details.

Jules refers to him as being an old friend and Jimmy doesn't "want to get into it" again with her. He might've been a low-level drug dealer, but whatever he did, she didn't like and asked him to stop.
I don't want to "Get into it again" doesn't necessarily mean that Bonnie and Jimmy have had fights over gangster shit. Maybe he and Bonnie have fought over money issues, cheating, Jimmy's lack of a job, or whatever else married people get into it over.

I've never been a part of the mob but I could easily see myself telling a friend that I don't want to "Get into it again with her" if he brought a dead guy into my house with my wife due home in a few hours.

I think you're all making an ass of yourselves..... and umption.
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Originally Posted by Mrs.Nesbit
Where in the film does it make it clear that Jimmy use to be a criminal? Seen this film 20 or so times and never picked up on that.
Its mentioned in the "Enhanced Trivia Track" on the DVD.
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Originally Posted by Buttmunker
Its mentioned in the "Enhanced Trivia Track" on the DVD.
Oh so that's cannon now?
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Originally Posted by Mrs.Nesbit
Oh so that's cannon now?


I think you meant canon.
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Originally Posted by The Bus


I think you meant canon.
Yeah that too
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Wasn't Jimmy Jules' partner before he started working with Vincent?
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The message is Jules left the life and survived because of the sign from above, Vincent stayed and got killed. Jules lives and Vincent dies...
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Originally Posted by dvdlover631
The message is Jules left the life and survived because of the sign from above, Vincent stayed and got killed. Jules lives and Vincent dies...
I don't believe that this is an intended message of the film. Although Jules does leave and (presumably) live while Vincent dies there are several other people in the film who perform evil deeds or live evil lives that walk away happy. If Jules had asked Vincent if he wanted to walk the Earth with him I could see your point.
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Originally Posted by Buttmunker
I thought mobsters couldn't leave the life. Like in Sopranos, once you're in, you're in. There's no backing out.
At the end of The Godfather, there are a couple of the young scamps that are being excused (as soon as the Corleone operation relocates to Vegas) to form their own families.. I guess that's not entirely "leaving the life" but I'd think "leaving the family" probably would hold similar, if not the same, connotations. And, as others have stated, they're just movies.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Yeah, it's just a movie. If I'm curt with you it's because time is a factor.
This comment makes this entire thread worth while now
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Luckily Ving Rhames is 100% Italian!

Ving Rhames is Sicilian. Have you forgotten Dennis Hopper's monolouge in True Romance ?

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