Quentin Tarantino



Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. He rapidly rose to fame in the early 1990s as a latter-day auteur whose use of nonlinear storylines, memorable dialogue, and violence brought new life to familiar American film archetypes.

He is one of the most famous of the young directors behind the independent film revolution of the 1990s, well-known for his public persona as a motor-mouthed, geeky hipster with an encyclopedic knowledge of both popular and art-house cinema.

Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Tony Tarantino, an actor and musician of Italian descent, and Connie McHugh, who was of half-Irish and half-Cherokee Indian extraction. Shortly after Quentin's birth, his mother married musician Curt Zastoupil, with whom Quentin would form a strong bond.

He started kindergarten in the Canton high school area in 1968. In 1971, the family moved to El Segundo, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, where Tarantino attended Hawthorne Christian School. At the age of 14, he wrote his first script, Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit. Dropping out of Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California at the age of sixteen, he went on to learn acting at the James Best Theatre Company.

In 1984, Tarantino started working the counter at the Video Archives, a noted Manhattan Beach video store; there he befriended Roger Avary, a fellow employee with whom he would later collaborate. He continued to study acting at Allen Garfield's Actors' Shelter in Beverly Hills, but began to concentrate mainly on screenwriting.

The sale of Tarantino's screenplay True Romance (eventually released in 1993) garnered him attention. He met Lawrence Bender at a Hollywood party and Bender encouraged Tarantino to write a film. The end product was Reservoir Dogs (1992), a dialogue-driven heist movie that set the tone for his later films. The script was read by director Monte Hellman who helped secure funding from Live Entertainment and also Tarantino's directorship of the film. Harvey Keitel heard of the script through his wife, who attended a class with Lawrence Bender (see Reservoir Dogs special edition DVD commentary). He read the script and also contributed to funding, took an executive producer role, and a part in the movie.

Tarantino's second script sold, Natural Born Killers, was changed so much by director Oliver Stone that Tarantino disowned the script, saying, "It was nothing like the original version and it was also made into a piece of shit." Natural Born Killers has caused much controversy over the years and Tarantino prefers to have nothing to do with it.

Following the success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino was approached by Hollywood and offered numerous projects, including Speed and Men in Black. He instead retreated to Amsterdam to work on his script for Pulp Fiction. When finally released, the film won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1994 Cannes film festival and, along with Steven Soderbergh's Palme d'Or winner Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Michael Moore's Roger and Me, revolutionized the independent film industry by showing that such films could also do well at the box office. It featured many critically acclaimed performances, and was noted for reviving the career of John Travolta. Pulp Fiction earned Tarantino and Avary Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, and was also nominated for Best Picture.

After Pulp Fiction he directed episode four of Four Rooms, "The Man from Hollywood", a remake of an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode that starred Steve McQueen. Four Rooms is a collaborative effort with filmmakers Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell and Robert Rodriguez. The film was very poorly received by critics and audiences. He also starred in and wrote the script for Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, which saw mixed reviews from the critics.

Tarantino's next film was Jackie Brown (1997), an adaptation of Rum Punch, a novel by his mentor Elmore Leonard. A homage to blaxploitation films, it also starred Pam Grier, who starred in many of that genre's films of the 1970s. In 1998, he turned his attention to the Broadway stage, where he starred in a revival of Wait Until Dark.

He had then planned to make the war film Inglorious Bastards. However, he postponed that to write and direct Kill Bill (released as two films, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), a highly stylized "revenge flick" in the cinematic traditions of Wuxia (Chinese martial arts), Japanese film, Spaghetti Westerns and Italian horror or giallo. It was based on a character (The Bride) and plot that he and Kill Bill's lead actress, Uma Thurman, had developed during the making of Pulp Fiction.

In 2004, Tarantino returned to Cannes where he served as President of the Jury. Kill Bill was not in competition, but it did screen on the final night in its original 3-hour-plus version. The Palme d'Or that year went to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, despite Tarantino's urging that the award go to Oldboy.

Tarantino is given credit as "Special Guest Director" for his work directing the car sequence between Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro of the 2005 neo-noir film Sin City.

In 2005, Tarantino announced his current project is Grind House, which he is co-directing with Robert Rodriguez, this will now be released April 6th 2007. He has stated he will "probably" follow that with Inglorious Bastards, which is a World War II film, but that he needed to spend another year working on the script before filming. Reportedly, one of the scripts he wrote for Inglorious Bastards would, if filmed complete, make for an 8 hour long film. Also, Quentin has divulged information about possible anime prequels to the Kill Bill films. These would probably center around the DiVAS, Bill or The Bride before the events of the first two films.

There have also been rumors of a film about two characters from Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Vic and Vincent Vega. This would be The Vega Brothers but this has only been hinted at, along with April Fools rumours posted on the internet about Pulp Fiction 2: The Valley Of Darkness.

Among his current producing credits are the horror flick Hostel (which included numerous references to his own Pulp Fiction), the adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Killshot (which Tarantino had once written a script for) and Hell Ride (written & directed by Kill Bill star Larry Bishop).

In 2005 Quentin Tarantino won the "Icon of the Decade" award at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards.

Tarantino directed the fifth season finale to the hit show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which first aired May 19, 2005. The highly rated episode, entitled "Grave Danger", shared a very similar situation from Tarantino's second Kill Bill film: CSI Nick Stokes is captured and buried alive in a Plexiglas coffin while an Internet camera broadcasts the whole thing to CSI headquarters. (In Kill Bill, the Bride (Uma Thurman) was also captured and buried alive in a coffin.)

The episode was delayed in being shown in the UK as the broadcast date coincided with the terrorist attacks in London and it was felt that the underground theme in the episode would cause offense. This double-length episode was released on DVD on October 10, 2005. Tarantino was nominated for an Emmy for his role in this episode.

Tarantino also directed an episode of ER called "Motherhood" that aired May 11, 1995, and an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Although Tarantino is best known for his work behind the camera, he has also appeared on the small screen in the first and third seasons of the TV show Alias. Tarantino once played an Elvis impersonator on an episode of The Golden Girls. He also played cameo roles in Desperado (directed by his friend, Robert Rodriguez), and Little Nicky.

In November 2006, an episode of the Sundance Channel's Iconoclasts features Quentin Tarantino interviewing and spending time with singer Fiona Apple.

Tarantino's movies are renowned for their sharp dialogue, splintered chronology, and pop culture obsessions. Often they are viewed as graphically violent and, certainly in his key films, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, there are copious amounts of both spattered and flowing blood. However, what affects people most is the casualness, and even macabre humour, of the violence, as well as the tension and grittiness of these scenes.

Tarantino is also known to go out of his way to avoid product placement in his films, often going so far as to create fictional brand names, or otherwise using brands that have long been discontinued, when the use of a particular product is necessary in a scene. Fictional brands such as Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burgers have shown up in several movies, including Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill, and even Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. The director is also known for his love of breakfast cereal, and many of his movies feature brands such as Fruit Brute (a monster cereal similar to Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry that was discontinued) in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and Kaboom! in Kill Bill.

In the 2002 Sight and Sound Directors' poll, Tarantino revealed his top-twelve films of all-time:

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2. Rio Bravo
3. Taxi Driver
4. His Girl Friday
5. Rolling Thunder
6. They All Laughed
7. The Great Escape
8. Carrie
9. Coffy
10. Dazed and Confused
11. Five Fingers of Death
12. Hi Diddle Diddle

A previous top-ten list of Tarantino's also included Blow Out, One-Eyed Jacks, For a Few Dollars More, Bande à part, Breathless (the 1983 remake), Le Doulos, They Live By Night, GoodFellas, and The Long Goodbye.

Tarantino also credits Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Stanley Kubrick's The Killing, and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead as strong influences. He owns a rare 35mm copy of Manos: The Hands of Fate, which he cites as his favorite "comedy." He is known as a Godzilla fan. He has also been a supporter of Kevin Smith's work, being that Smith hit success with Clerks. around the time Tarantino released Pulp Fiction. Tarantino also cited Smith's Chasing Amy as his favorite movie of 1997. In one of the Train Wreck making of shorts for Smith's Clerks II, we see that he invited Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez to a private screening of the film at Smith's house.

Tarantino has a group of actors that he often casts in his films, including Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms), Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, "From Dusk Till Dawn"), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill,Sin City), Steve Buscemi (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Sin City), and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill). (Jackson also appeared in True Romance, written but not directed by Tarantino).

He often casts comedians in small roles: Steven Wright as the DJ in Reservoir Dogs, Kathy Griffin as an accident witness in Pulp Fiction, Julia Sweeney as Raquel in Pulp Fiction , Phil LaMarr as Marvin in Pulp Fiction, and Chris Tucker as Beaumont Livingston in Jackie Brown.

He often plays a small role in his own films (Jimmie Dimmick in Pulp Fiction, Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs, Chester Rush in Four Rooms, Richard Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn, the answering machine voice in Jackie Brown and a dead Crazy 88 gang member in Kill Bill).

Tarantino often makes references to and features music from cult movies and television.

He often features a character singing along to a song from the soundtrack: Mr. Blonde, "Stuck in the Middle With You" — Stealers Wheel; Butch, "Flowers on the Wall" — The Statler Brothers; Mia Wallace, "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" — Urge Overkill; Elle Driver, "Twisted Nerve" — Bernard Herrmann; Jackie Brown, "Across 110th Street" — Bobby Womack; Max Cherry, "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" - The Delfonics.

He often incorporates a scene in which music is heard to fade out completely before fading back in again:

* Reservoir Dogs (the ear scene)- Mr Blonde (Michael Madsen) walks to his car, then back inside
* Pulp Fiction (the gimp scene)- Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) escapes upstairs and then returns with a samurai sword
* Jackie Brown (Beaumont Livingston's death) - Beaumont Livingston (Chris Tucker) is in the trunk of a car driven by Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). The radio is playing and the car drives off before performing a U-turn and heading back toward the camera.
* In 1993, soon after Reservoir Dogs and shortly before Pulp Fiction Nirvana thanked Quentin on their album In Utero.

Tarantino sometimes makes vague connections between his films, usually by reusing names and locations. An example of this is Tarantino's assertion that John Travolta's character in Pulp Fiction, Vince Vega, and Michael Madsen's character in Reservoir Dogs, Vic Vega, are brothers. Harvey Keitel's character in Reservoir Dogs, Larry Dimmick, is also said to be related to Tarantino's character in Pulp Fiction, Jimmie Dimmick. Jack Rabbit Slims, the restaruant characters in Pulp Fiction dine at, was mentioned on the radio, and Red Apple cigarettes, the brand smoked by another Pulp Fiction character has a prominent billboard in the subway in Kill Bill.

Tarantino has said that while his films all take place in a certain universe, he sees From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill and Grind House as the movies the characters in Reservoir Dogs, True Romance and Pulp Fiction would watch. He has said that Jackie Brown exists in the world of Elmore Leonard movies.

Tarantino has come under criticism for his use of racial epithets in his films, particularly the word nigger in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, most notably from black American director Spike Lee. In an interview for Variety discussing Jackie Brown, Lee said: "I'm not against the word... and I use it, but Quentin is infatuated with the word. What does he want? To be made an honorary black man?" Samuel L. Jackson, who has appeared in films directed by Tarantino and Lee defended Tarantino's use of the word. At the Berlin Film Festival, where Jackie Brown was being screened, Jackson responded to Lee's criticism by saying, "I don't think the word is offensive in the context of this film. ... Black artists think they are the only ones allowed to use the word. Well, that's bull. Jackie Brown is a wonderful homage to black exploitation films. This is a good film, and Spike hasn't made one of those in a few years."

An oft-cited example is a scene in Pulp Fiction in which a character named Jimmie Dimmick, portrayed by Tarantino himself, rebukes Samuel L. Jackson's character, Jules Winnfield, for using his house as "dead nigger storage", followed by a rant that uses the word profusely. Lee makes direct reference to this in his film Bamboozled when the character Thomas Dunwitty states: "Please don't get offended by my use of the quote-unquote N word. I got a black wife and three biracial children, so I feel I have a right to use that word. I don't give a damn what Spike says, Tarantino is right. Nigger is just a word."

Tarantino has defended his use of the word by arguing that black audiences have an appreciation of his blaxploitation-influenced films that eludes some of his critics, and, indeed, that Jackie Brown, another oft-cited example, was primarily made for "black audiences:"

To me the film is a black film. It was made for black audiences actually. It was made for everybody, but that was, pretty much, the "main" audience. If I had any of them in mind, I was thinking of that because I was always thinking of watching it in a black theatre. I didn't have audiences ridiculously in mind because I am the audience, but that works well for that too because I go to black theatres. To me it is a black film.

Tarantino has also been criticized for borrowing ideas, scenes, and lines of dialogue from other films. For example, the general plot of Reservoir Dogs seems to be culled from Ringo Lam's City on Fire. Stanley Kubrick's The Killing is a direct influence on the fractured narrative structure (Lionel White, author of the novel Clean Break which The Killing was based on, was given a dedication in the end credits of Reservoir Dogs) while the idea of the color-coded criminals is taken from The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. The infamous ear-cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs is similar to a scene from Sergio Corbucci's 1966 Spaghetti Western classic Django, in which a man's ear is cut off and fed to him before he is shot to death.

The Don Siegel version of The Killers played an influence on Pulp Fiction, and the events of the adrenaline-injection scene closely resemble a story related in Martin Scorsese's documentary American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince. The line about going "to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch" is a reference to the line "You know what kind of people they are. They'll strip you naked and go to work on you with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch" from another Don Siegel film, 1971's Charley Varrick.

The glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction is seemingly borrowed from Robert Aldrich's film noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, in which a similar briefcase with a mysterious light coming out is present. In both films the contents of the mysterious cases are never revealed.

The misquoted bible verse Samuel Jackson recites in Pulp Fiction can also be found in the movie Karate Kiba (a 1970s Japanese action film starring Sonny Chiba, also known as The Bodyguard), which Tarantino has mentioned in interviews with The New York Times and Positif. The title crawl of the movie contains the line:

The path of the righteous man and defender is beset on all sides by the iniquity of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper, and the father of lost children. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious anger, who poison and destroy my brothers; and they shall know that I am Chiba the Bodyguard when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 is heavily influenced by the 1973 Toshiya Fujita film Lady Snowblood. The Superman monologue delivered at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 2 took its concept from Jules Feiffer's 1965 book, The Great Comic Book Heroes, which Tarantino confirmed in a 2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Much debate has been sparked on when such references cease to be tributes and become plagiarism. Tarantino, for his part, has always been open and unapologetic about appropriating ideas from films he admires. When confronted about stealing ideas from dozens of movies, he stated, "I lift ideas from other great films just like every other great filmmaker."

Tarantino has been romantically linked with numerous entertainers, including Sofia Coppola, the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning writer/director of Lost In Translation, Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino, director Allison Anders, and comedian Margaret Cho. There have also been rumors about his relationship with Uma Thurman, whom he has referred to as his "muse". However, Tarantino has gone on record as saying that their relationship is strictly platonic. He has also been linked to actress Shar Jackson.

One of Tarantino's closest friends is fellow director Robert Rodriguez (the pair often refer to each other as brothers). Their biggest collaborations have been From Dusk Till Dawn (written by Tarantino, directed by Rodriguez), Four Rooms (they both wrote and direct segments of the film), Sin City and the upcoming Grind House.

It was Tarantino who suggested that Rodriguez name the final part of his El Mariachi trilogy Once Upon a Time in Mexico. They are both members of A Band Apart, a production company that also features directors John Woo and Luc Besson. Rodriguez scored Kill Bill: Volume 2 for one dollar, and the favor was returned in kind, with Tarantino directing a scene in Rodriguez's 2005 film Sin City for the same fee.

Rodriguez was also responsible for introducing Tarantino to digital film. Prior to this, Tarantino was a vocal supporter of using traditional celluloid film.

Tarantino is good friends with Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan, who call him "Q.T." They are often seen together in the VIP room of nightclubs. Wu-Tang member RZA composed the musical score for Kill Bill.

Tarantino spat at Chris Connelly on the red carpet during the 1997 Oscars. He mistakenly thought Connelly edited a story in Premiere magazine about his estranged biological father.

Tarantino has claimed to detest both drugs and violence in real life, in stark contrast to his films. On the other hand, in a recent Playboy interview, he boasts of smoking marijuana and using Ecstasy while filming Kill Bill and his willingness to physically beat people who he has disagreements with.

* He has stated that the character of Clarence in True Romance and My Best Friend's Birthday was somewhat autobiographical.
* He is dyslexic.
* Height: 6'3" (1,9 meters)
* He has an IQ of 160, but dropped out of high school.
* Tarantino pushed for Chinese action filmmaker John Woo to make an American film. When a studio executive once said, "I suppose Woo can direct action scenes," Tarantino replied, "Sure, and Michelangelo can paint ceilings!"
* Was smitten with a documentary in development called Freedom's Fury about the Hungarian uprising of 1956. He described it as the "best story never told" and became an executive producer along with Lucy Liu.
* Was asked to play the president of the United States in Battle Royale 2.
* Tarantino is apparently very interested in the female foot, as indicated in many of his films and as he suggested on America's Next Top Foot Model, which was a spin-off of America's Next Top Model. Tyra Banks did the spin-off for Tarantino on an episode of the Tyra Show that aired early 2006. In particular, Tarantino's interest in feet is suggested in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, with their focus on the feet of actress Uma Thurman, in Jackie Brown, which featured unusual close-up shots of the soles of actress Bridget Fonda's feet, not to mention the famously lengthy discussion of foot-massages in Pulp Fiction. The most evident example of this fetish occurs in From Dusk Till Dawn where Salma Hayek pours liquor down her leg and Quentin drinks it off her foot.
* In the early-mid '90s, when Tarantino was bursting onto the scene, the satirical journal Private Eye featured a series of cartoons based on puns around his name. Memorable ones included: a hand holding a gun appearing out of a mug of hot drink saying, "Go to sleep, you fucking fuck!" with a caption "Ovaltarantino" (pun on Ovaltine); a man shouting at a group of four children and their dog, "Why don't you fucks fuck off and have a fucking adventure or something?!" with the caption "Uncle Quentin Tarantino" (referring to Uncle Quentin from Enid Blyton's Famous Five stories), and a spoof of The Telegraph's society column Peterborough, with Quentin Tarantino instead of its usual writer Quentin Letts.
* On an episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in which Tarantino was a guest, O'Brien showed a mock Three Stooges skit said to be directed by Quentin Tarantino which had the Stooges doing their normal routines with excessive amounts of violence (such as Larry's eyes being gouged out).
* Tarantino is a huge fan of the "Half-Life" computer game series, and has considered possibilities of directing a movie adaptation.

Each of the four films Tarantino has directed and the three movies which he wrote the script for but did not direct have had plots revolving around crime and criminals. Although he uses violence as well as drugs as elements in his films, Tarantino is said to detest both in real life. Much of the violence, as well as much of the minor character dialogue, is offscreen in his films.

Tarantino's only brush with "real" crime was an arrest for shoplifting Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch when he was 15 years old. The book is the first Leonard book to feature the characters of Louis and Ordell, whom Tarantino would bring to life with his 1997 film Jackie Brown.

Characters in nearly all of his movies have aliases. Examples include Honey Bunny and Pumpkin from Pulp Fiction, the heist crew in Reservoir Dogs, and many different characters in Kill Bill.

Most of his movies feature a "Mexican standoff" scene, in which three or more characters are simultaneously pointing guns at each other.

He often uses an unconventional storytelling device in his films, such as retrospective, with frequent flashbacks (Reservoir Dogs), non-linear (Pulp Fiction), "chapter" format (Kill Bill, Four Rooms), or time-twisting (Jackie Brown in the sequence showing what all the main characters did at the money drop in the mall). He also guest directed a scene in Sin City, which uses a similar layout.

Almost all of his films are set in Los Angeles (Kill Bill being a notable exception; even though it did have a minor scene taking place in Los Angeles).

There are a variety of camera angles and types of shots that are considered typical of a Tarantino movie:

* He often frames characters with doorways and shows them opening and closing doors.
* Often films characters from the back.
* Widely imitated quick cuts of character's hands performing actions in extreme closeup, a technique reminiscent of Brian De Palma.
* Long closeup of a person's face while someone else speaks off-screen (closeup of The Bride while Bill talks, of Butch while Marsellus talks).

* Although he did not invent it, Tarantino popularized the trunk shot, which is featured in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill.

His lead characters usually drive General Motors vehicles or an old white Honda Civic.

Cigarette smoking by main characters is a recurring element of Tarantino's movies, a notable exception being The Bride in the Kill Bill series. In his films, he uses the name of a fictional cigarette brand called Red Apple.

Briefcases and suitcases play an important role in many of his films.

While in general film characters are rarely shown using the bathroom, Tarantino often includes a toilet scene (e.g. Tim Roth in Reservoir Dogs, John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, Christian Slater in True Romance, Juliette Lewis in From Dusk Till Dawn, Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill Vol. 2).

Tarantino, who is himself of mixed ethnic heritage (half Italian, one quarter Native American, and one quarter Irish), uses biracial characters in some of his movies. In Pulp Fiction, Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) mentions a half-black, half-Samoan named Antwan "Tony Rocky Horror" Rockamora, and in Kill Bill Vol. 1, O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu) is half-Japanese, half-Chinese-American, and her best friend in the film, Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus), is half-Japanese, half-French. Drexl (Gary Oldman) in True Romance is white, likes to think he is black, and claims that his mother was an Apache.

He often includes characters dressed in black suits with white shirts and black ties: the thieves in Reservoir Dogs, John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction, the Gecko brothers in From Dusk Till Dawn, the crazy 88s in Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Every movie he has directed contains at least one instance of the Wilhelm scream sound effect.

Many of his films feature the line, "All right ramblers, let's get rambling," or a variation thereof ("hard drinkers/drink hard", "vampire killer/kill some vampires").

In recent years, Tarantino has used his Hollywood power to give smaller and foreign films more attention than they would otherwise have received. These films are usually labeled "Presented by Quentin Tarantino." The first of these productions was in 2001 with the Hong Kong martial arts film Iron Monkey which made over $14 million in the United States, seven times its budget. In 2004 he brought the Chinese martial arts film Hero to U.S. shores. It ended up having a #1 opening at the box office and making $53.5 million. In 2006 the latest "Quentin Tarantino presents" production, Hostel, opened at #1 at the box office with a $20.1 million opening weekend, good for 8th all time in the month of January. He will also present 2006's The Protector. He will also be the producer of the (2007) film Hostel 2.

In addition, in 1995, Tarantino formed Rolling Thunder Pictures with Miramax as a vehicle to release or re-release several independent and foreign features. By 1997, Miramax shut down the company due to "lack of interest" in the pictures released. The following films were released by Rolling Thunder Pictures: Chungking Express (1994, dir. Wong Kar-Wai), Switchblade Sisters (1975, dir. Jack Hill), Sonatine (1993, dir. Takeshi Kitano), Hard Core Logo (1996), Mighty Peking Man (1977), Detroit 9000 (1973), The Beyond (1981) and Curdled (1996).

Shorts and TV:

* My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
* ER (1995) Season 1; Episode 24: "Motherhood" (Director)
* CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005) '"Grave Danger: Vols. I & II"

Feature Films:

* Reservoir Dogs (1992)
* Pulp Fiction (1994)
* Four Rooms (segment "The Man from Hollywood") (1995)
* Jackie Brown (1997)
* Kill Bill (Vol. 1 2003, Vol. 2 2004)
* Sin City (2005) (Special Guest Director)
* Grind House (the "Death Proof" half) (2007)
* Inglorious Bastards no official release date announced

Writer

* My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
* Past Midnight (1992) (uncredited rewrite)
* Reservoir Dogs (1992)
* True Romance (1993)
* Pulp Fiction (1994)
* Natural Born Killers (1994) (Story credit, Writer of Original Draft)
* It's Pat (1994) (uncredited rewrite)
* Crimson Tide (1995) (uncredited rewrite)
* Four Rooms (segment "The Man from Hollywood") (1995)
* The Rock (1996) (uncredited rewrite)
* From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
* Curdled (1996) (uncredited Gecko Brothers news report)
* Jackie Brown (1997)
* Kill Bill (Vol. 1 2003, Vol. 2 2004)
* CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005) '"Grave Danger: Vols. I & II" (Story credit)
* Hostel (2006) (uncredited rewrite)
* Grind House ("Death Proof" segment) (2007)
* Inglorious Bastards no official release date announced, possible 2008 release.

Actor

* My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) Clarence Pool
* Reservoir Dogs (1992) Mr. Brown/Archibald Greene
* Pulp Fiction (1994) Jimmie Dimmick
* Sleep With Me (1994) Sid
* Destiny Turns On the Radio (1995) Johnny Destiny
* Four Rooms (segment "The Man from Hollywood") Chester
* Desperado (1995) Pick-up Guy
* From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Richard Gecko
* Girl 6 (1996) Q.T
* Jackie Brown (1997) Default Answering Machine voice
* Little Nicky (2000) Deacon
* Alias (TV Series) (2001) McKenas Cole
* BaadAsssss Cinema (2002) (documentary)
* Kill Bill (2003) Crazy 88 member
* Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (documentary)
* The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005)
* Grind House (2007) The Rapist

Producer

* My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
* Past Midnight (1992)
* Iron Monkey (1993) (2001 U.S. release)
* Killing Zoe (1994)
* Four Rooms (1995)
* From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
* Curdled (1996)
* God Said, 'Ha!' (1998)
* From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
* From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000)
* Daltry Calhoun (2005)
* Freedom's Fury (2005)
* Hero (2002 in China) (2004 in US)
* Hostel (2006)
* Killshot (2006)
* Grind House (2007)
* Hell Ride (2006)
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