Basic Information About Quentin Tarantino
|Category||Celebrities › Directors|
|Professions||Screenwriter, Film director, Actor, Film Producer, Writer, Television Director, Voice Actor|
|Date of birth||1963-03-27 (60 years old)|
|Place of birth||Knoxville|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||Lead characters usually drive General Motors vehicles, particularly Chevrolet and Cadillac, such as Jules' 1974 Nova and Vincent's 1960s Malibu.|
Briefcases and suitcases play an important role in Pulp Fiction (1994), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), True Romance (1993) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
Makes references to cult movies and television
Frequently works with Tim Roth, Harvey Keitel, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, Uma Thurman, Michael Bowen, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Parks and Christoph Waltz.
His films usually have a shot from inside an automobile trunk
He always has a Dutch element in his films: The opening tune, "Little Green Bag", in Reservoir Dogs (1992) was performed by George Baker Selection and written by Jan Gerbrand Visser and Benjamino Bouwens who are all Dutch. The character Freddy Newandyke, played by Tim Roth is a direct translation to a typical Dutch last name, Nieuwendijk. The code name of Tim Roth is Mr. Orange, the royal color of Holland and the last name of the royal family. The Amsterdam conversation in Pulp Fiction (1994), Vincent Vega smokes from a Dutch tobacco shag (Drum), the mentioning of Rutger Hauer in Jackie Brown (1997), the bride's name is Beatrix, the name of the Royal Dutch Queen.
[The Mexican Standoff] All his movies (including True Romance (1993), which he only wrote and did not direct) feature a scene in which three or more characters are pointing guns at each other at the same time.
Often uses an unconventional storytelling device in his films, such as retrospect (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), non-linear (Pulp Fiction (1994)), or "chapter" format (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)).
His films will often include one long, unbroken take where a character is followed around somewhere.
Often casts comedians in small roles: Steven Wright as the disc jockey in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Kathy Griffin as an accident witness and Julia Sweeney as the junkyard guy's daughter in Pulp Fiction (1994), Chris Tucker as Beaumont in Jackie Brown (1997), Mike Myers as General Ed Fenech in Inglourious Basterds (2009), and Jonah Hill in Django Unchained (2012).
Widely imitated quick cuts of character's hands performing actions in extreme closeup, a technique reminiscent of Brian De Palma.
Long close-up of a person's face while someone else speaks off-screen (close-up of The Bride while Bill talks, of Butch while Marsellus talks).
[Aliases] He uses aliases in nearly all of his movies: Honey Bunny and Pumpkin from Pulp Fiction (1994), Mr. White, Blonde, Orange etc. from Reservoir Dogs (1992). Bill's team in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) (Black Mamba, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and California Mountain Snake), The Basterds and other major characters in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
[Director's Cameo] Often plays a small role in all his films (ex.) (Mr. Brown in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jimmie Dimmick in Pulp Fiction (1994), the answering machine voice in Jackie Brown (1997), The Rapist in Grindhouse (2007) and Warren in Death Proof (2007)).
Frequently uses mêlée weapons, such as the "samurai sword" (Katana) that Butch uses in Pulp Fiction (1994) and The Bride uses in the Kill Bill films, also the stake attached to a jackhammer used by George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
Extreme violence, much of which is suggested off-screen
Frequently has a female character who wears a black and white pant suit (Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction (1994), Pam Grier in Jackie Brown (1997), Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)).
Often creates fictional brands of objects due to his dislike of product placement. The Red Apple cigarettes and Big Kahuna burger established in Pulp Fiction (1994) are often referenced in his other films.
Frequently sets his films in Los Angeles, California
Often frames characters with doorways and shows them opening and closing doors.
Minor character dialogue is off-screen in his films
A character cooly talks through an intense situation, either delaying the occurrence of violence or avoiding it through resolution.
Interjects scenes with introduction of a character's background (Hugo Stieglitz is introduced in the middle of the Nazi torture scene in Inglourious Basterds (2009), O-Ren is introduced with an interuption in the main story in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)).
Frequently uses Spanish classical guitar for the soundtracks
Known for giving comebacks to "forgotten" actors and/or cult actors by giving them important roles in his movies: John Travolta (Pulp Fiction (1994)), David Carradine (Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)), Lawrence Tierney (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown (1997)), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown (1997)), Shin'ichi Chiba (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003))... even in smaller/cameo roles: Sid Haig (Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)), Edward Bunker (Reservoir Dogs (1992)), Rod Taylor (Inglourious Basterds (2009)) and Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)), most recently with Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight (2015)).
Frequently references his home state Tennessee in his films: In Pulp Fiction (1994), Butch plans to meet his connection in Knoxville, which is also where his grandfather bought the gold watch; the song "Tennessee Stud" by Johnny Cash appears in Jackie Brown (1997); Death Proof (2007) is set in Lebanon, Tennessee; Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds (2009) hails from Maynardville, Tennessee.
Often interjects titles to tell the audience of a new portion of the story. (Character names in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Chapter form in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Explanations of what audience will see such as in Pulp Fiction (1994))
Characters frequently use the phrase bingo
Prefers to start most of his films with a scene before the main titles are shown
Most of his films feature one or more scenes in a restaurant
Characters often utilize sharp, bladed weapons. (Mr. Blonde uses a straight razor to cut off Marvin Nash's ear in Reservoir Dogs (1992), Butch uses a samurai sword to kill Maynard in Pulp Fiction (1994), The Bride uses a samurai sword to kill several characters in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Lt. Aldo Raine uses a Bowie knife to cut a swastika in Colonel Hans Landa's forehead in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Vernita Greene fights The Bride with a butcher knife in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003))
Often shows a relationship between an older experienced character and a younger character in a manner similar to a parent or teacher
His characters often discuss their favorite films or series while carrying out their activities
His films often feature at least one character who is deeply religious or spiritual and tries to reconcile that faith with their actions (Jules in Pulp Fiction (1994), Jacob in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)).
Revenge is a common theme in his films
Often frames dialogue scenes around a character preparing food, usually intercut with close-ups of their hands and food items: Vernita Green making her daughter cereal in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Bill making B.B. a sandwich in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Hans Landa offering Shosanna Dreyfus a strudel in Inglourious Basterds (2009), King Schultz pouring beers in Django Unchained (2012).
Usually when giving an interview, he will greet the audience with a peace sign
Many of his protagonists are morally suspect, violent-tempered individuals who ultimately best their antagonists by outmatching them in sheer brutality
Colorful main antagonists with an elaborately thoughtout, vivid but extremely twisted (and often bigoted) world view and philosophy
Scenes are more often than not loaded with homages or visual references to other director's works
Often times, the violence in his films is over exagerrated and rooted in a darkly comic context.
Never includes his name in a director's credit in the opening titles of his films. The credits always end with the name of his producer(s).
Soundtracks often feature dialogue from their respective films.
It is common for the antagonist character in Quentin Tarantino films to have a low or non-existent on-screen body count, although many can be seen to torture others, kill off-screen or order others to kill. Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs (1992), Marsellus Wallace from Pulp Fiction (1994), Bill from Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and Calvin Candie from Django Unchained (2012) don't kill anyone on-screen, Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds (2009) kills one person on-screen, Ordell from Jackie Brown (1997) kills two on-screen but Stuntman Mike from Death Proof (2007) kills several on-screen.
Almost always uses pre-recorded music for his films
Frantic scenes are often intercut with a character taking their time and behaving methodically
His films usually pay a homage to genres that were highly popular in the 1960s and 1970s such as Heist (Reservoir Dogs), Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown), Kung Fu (Kill Bill), and Spaghetti Western (Django Unchained)
His characters often pretend to be people they are not.
His films often feature a plan that goes horribly wrong.
His films often subvert cliches of certain genres (ex. Reservoir Dogs is a heist movie where the actual heist is never shown).
His films often makes usage of voiceovers or narration.
Recurring theme of honor among criminals
|Spouse||Daniella Pick - (28 November 2018 - present) (1 child)|
|Height||6 ft (1.85 m)|
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What Movie Awards did Quentin Tarantino win?
Quentin Tarantino awards
|Award Name||State||Movie / Series Name||Year|
|Oscar - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Golden Globe - Best Screenplay - Motion Picture||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Honorable Mention - Best Foreign Film||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Best Foreign Film Award -||Nominee||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Blue Ribbon Award - Best Foreign Language Film||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Palme d'Or -||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1994|
|CFCA Award - Best Director||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|César - Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)||Nominee||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures||Nominee||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Edgar - Best Motion Picture||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Empire Award - Best Director||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Golden Train Award - Jury Prize||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1994|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)||Nominee||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|Kinema Junpo Award - Best Foreign Language Film Director||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1995|
|NYFCC Award - Best Director||Winner||Pulp Fiction||1994|
|Amanda - Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm)||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Top 10 Film Award - Best Film||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2009|
|Cinema Brazil Grand Prize - Best Foreign-Language Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Robert - Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film)||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|David - Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|DGA Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Audience Award - Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|FCCA Award - Best Foreign Film - English Language||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Golden Eagle - Best Foreign Film||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Grammy - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media||Nominee||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Silver Ribbon - Best Non-European Director (Regista del Miglior Film Non-Europeo)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Jupiter Award - Best International Director||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|NYFCO Award - Best Screenplay||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2009|
|Premio Guarani - Best Foreign Film||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|White Elephant - Best Foreign Film||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2009|
|SFFCC Award - Best Original Screenplay||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2009|
|Sant Jordi - Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Audience Award - Best Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro)||Winner||Inglourious Basterds||2010|
|Silver Condor - Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera)||Nominee||The Hateful Eight||2017|
|CinEuphoria - Best Film - Audience Award||Winner||The Hateful Eight||2017|
|Golden Schmoes - Best Screenplay of the Year||Winner||The Hateful Eight||2015|
|Felix - Best Original Screenplay||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||2013|
|Prix Tournage - USA||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|ACCA - Best Original Screenplay||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|CFCA Award - Best Picture||Nominee||Reservoir Dogs||1993|
|Gold Hugo - Best Feature||Nominee||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|International Fantasy Film Award - Best Film||Nominee||Reservoir Dogs||1993|
|ALFS Award - Newcomer of the Year||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1994|
|NYFCC Award - Best New Director||Nominee||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|Best Director -||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|Bronze Horse -||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic||Nominee||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI) -||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1992|
|Critics Award -||Winner||Reservoir Dogs||1993|
|Empire Award - Best Director||Winner||Kill Bill: Vol. 1||2004|
Quentin Tarantino roles
Quentin Tarantino's Quotes
- [at the MTV Movie Awards 1994 as he won Best Picture for Pulp Fiction (1994)] Pop quiz, hotshot: you go to the awards ceremonies all year long; you keep losing to Forrest Gump (1994)! It's really annoying the hell out of you - what do you do? You go to the MTV Awards!
- [on "rival" director Guy Ritchie marrying Madonna] I guess I'll have to marry Elvis Presley to get even.
- If I've made it a little easier for artists to work in violence, great! I've accomplished something.
- When people ask me if I went to film school, I tell them, "No, I went to films".
- [on using surfing music, when hating the surfing culture] It's like surf music, I've always like loved that but, for me, I don't know what surf music has to do with surf boards. To me, it just sounds like rock and roll, even Morricone music. It sounds like rock and roll Spaghetti Western music, so that's how I kind of laid it in.
Net Worth Details
Quentin Tarantino is an American writer, producer, director, and actor known for his unique and innovative approach to filmmaking. As of this writing, Tarantino’s net worth is estimated to be $120 million. His success in the film industry can be attributed to his distinctive style, unconventional storytelling, and box office hits. Throughout his career, Tarantino’s films have generated over $1.5 billion globally.
What is Quentin Tarantino known for?
Tarantino is best known for his exceptional writing and directing skills. He has gained a reputation for his distinct style, which blends genres such as crime, thriller, and black comedy. In addition to his ability to craft intricate plots and memorable characters, Tarantino is also praised for his masterful use of dialogue.
Early life and education
Quentin Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 27th, 1963. From a young age, he was exposed to the world of filmmaking, as his father was an actor and filmmaker. Growing up, Tarantino had a deep passion for movies and would often attend screenings with his mother and stepfather.
At the age of 15, Tarantino dropped out of high school to pursue his dreams in the film industry. He started working as an usher at a local movie theater and began taking acting classes. These early experiences ignited his love for cinema and set him on a path towards a successful career.
Tarantino’s career in film began to take off in the 198s when he wrote and directed his first film. However, his breakthrough came with the release of “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992. The film showcased Tarantino’s talent for storytelling and dialogue, and it quickly gained critical acclaim.
Following the success of “Reservoir Dogs,” Tarantino went on to write and direct several iconic films, including “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Kill Bill” (2003-2004), “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), “Django Unchained” (2012), and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019).
Tarantino’s films are known for their gripping narratives, fascinating characters, and clever references to pop culture. His ability to blend genres and create unique cinematic experiences has earned him a dedicated fan base and numerous awards and accolades.
- Tarantino has received two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, one for “Pulp Fiction” (1994) and another for “Django Unchained” (2012).
- He has also won two BAFTA awards for Best Original Screenplay, once again for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained.”
- In addition, Tarantino has been honored with four Golden Globe Awards for his outstanding contributions to the film industry.
Tarantino’s passion for cinema, music, and commitment to traditional filmmaking methods
Beyond his filmmaking career, Quentin Tarantino is known for his passion for cinema. He is an avid collector of film memorabilia and often incorporates his vast knowledge of movies into his works. Tarantino’s love for music is also evident in his films, as he carefully selects soundtracks that enhance the overall experience for viewers.
Furthermore, Tarantino is admired for his dedication to preserving the art of traditional 35mm filmmaking. In a time when digital technology dominates the industry, Tarantino continues to shoot his movies on film, advocating for its unique visual quality and timeless charm.
With an undeniable talent for storytelling and a commitment to pushing boundaries in filmmaking, Quentin Tarantino has solidified his place as one of the most influential and iconic figures in the world of cinema.
Interesting Facts about Quentin Tarantino
- Was sued by Don Murphy for $5,000,000, accused of assault. Tarantino attacked Murphy in restaurant, slammed him against the wall and punched him. [November 1997]
- Together with Lawrence Bender founded record company called A Band Apart Records. It will focus on film soundtracks and its releases will be distributed through Maverick Records, owned by Madonna. [July 1997]
- Was planning to direct an episode of The X Files (1993) but refused to join the Director's Guild of America. The Guild refused his request for a waiver so that he could direct the series. [November 1996]
- Claims that Tarantino acted in the film Dawn of the Dead (1978) or the film King Lear (1987) are incorrect. Quentin falsely listed these credits years ago on his acting resume to compensate for his lack of experience and these incorrect credits have subsequently been attributed to him in such places as Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide and the Cinemania CD ROM.
- First noted screenplay was titled "Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit", which was written in 1985.
- Collects old board games having to do with television series like I Dream of Jeannie (1965), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), The A-Team (1983), etc.
- In all of his original screenplays, the name of a police detective named Scagnetti is referred to at least once. Most of the times, the particular scene was cut out of the final versions.
- He was an unlisted screenwriter for Tony Scott's Crimson Tide (1995). He was brought in to punch up the script's dialogue, reportedly adding the Silver Surfer scene, submarine movie scene, racist horse monologue among other polishes.
- He delayed production of Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) for several months when Uma Thurman became pregnant. He refused to recast her, as he had written the role specifically for her, based on an idea the two conceived on the set of Pulp Fiction (1994).
- Is a huge fan of The Three Stooges.
- His parents are Tony Tarantino and Connie McHugh. His father is from New York, and Quentin's paternal grandparents, Dominic James Tarantino and Elizabeth Jean Salvaggio, had Italian ancestry. Quentin's mother was born in LaFollette, Tennessee, to Edwin William McHugh and Betty June Woody, was raised in Ohio, and has English and Irish ancestry.
- Although he uses both elements in his films, he strongly detests violence and drugs.
- Is listed in the acknowledgments of actor Ethan Hawke's novel, "Ash Wednesday".
- Two of Tarantino's favorite films are Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) (which he owns a 35mm copy of) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), which he references in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).
- President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival in 2004.
- He considers Ride in the Whirlwind (1966) one of the finest Westerns ever made, even writing an extensive article about it for Sight & Sound magazine titled A Rare Sorrow. The article was featured in the Pulp Fiction (1994) Special Edition DVD as an extra and also appears in Paul A. Woods' Film Geek Files (pgs. 129-132). Interestingly, the director of Ride in the Whirlwind, Monte Hellman, was the executive producer of Reservoir Dogs (1992).
- Good friends with Robert Rodriguez and Kristin Chenoweth.
- He has called Uma Thurman his muse.
- Named after the Burt Reynolds character Quint Asper from Gunsmoke (1955)
- Was at one point in his life considering to become a novelist. He said that he tried writing two chapters of a novel about his experiences working at the Video Archives in Manhattan Beach. As can be immediately seen, novelistic narrative techniques bear a strong influence on his distinct filmmaking style.