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Lawrence Bender, Hollywood’s Golden Boy

Pulp Fiction, produced by Lawrence Bender, is a 1994 film staring John Travolta, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film follows the stories of criminals in Los Angeles. It follows philosophical hitmen, a no nonsense gangster boss and his lively actress wife, and a troubled boxer. The main plot follows the hitmen who are sent to retrieve a special briefcase and return it to their gangster boss, Marcellus.

Pulp Fiction was directed by Quentin Tarantino and produced by Lawrence Bender. The thrilling and entertaining movie was a quick hit. It won an Oscar in the “Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen” category. It was an Oscar nominee in several other categories like “Best Picture” (Lawrence Bender), “Best Actor in a Leading Role” (John Travolta), “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” (Samuel L. Jackson), “Best Actress in a Supporting Role”. “Best Director” (Quentin Tarantino), and “Best Film Editing” (Sally Menke). The film won a Golden Globe for “Best Screenplay – Motion Picture” and was nominated in several categories like “Best Motion Picture – Drama”, “Best Director – Motion Picture” (Quentin Tarantino), “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama” (John Travolta), and “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role” (Uma Therman).

Lawrence Bender is from Bronx, New York and attended college at the University of Maine and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is well known for his work with director Quentin Tarantino. After working with Bender as producer in the 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has had Lawrence Bender produce all his films since with only a couple exceptions. He has produced a number of films including The Mexican with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Anna and the King with Jodie Foster. He was an Oscar nominee for his work on Inglourious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, and Pulp Fiction.

 

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