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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino was born in 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of a 16 year old nursing student
Connie and a 21 year old law student and aspiring actor Tony. He was named after Burt Reynolds'
character, Quint in 'Gunsmoke'. When Quentin was 2, they moved to South Los Angeles, which is where
Quentin grew up. His mother took him to the cinema from an early age, he saw 'Carnal Knowledge' at the
age of 8 and Deliverance' at the age of 9. From this early introduction Tarantino fell in love with the cinema
and went at every opportunity.
At the age of 22, he got a job in Video Archives, a video store in Manhattan Beach, California where he and
Rogerx Avery spent all day watching and discussing and recommending videos. He made his first
(unfinished) film in 1986, 'My Best Friend's Birthday' and followed this up by writing his first script, 'True
Romance' a year later. During this period, he was attending acting classes and put together a CV of his
(non-existent) acting experience which included a role in Jean Luc Goddard's 'King Lear' because nobody
in Hollywood would have heard of the film or director and 'Dawn of the Dead' by George Romero because
he resembled a biker in one of the scenes. His role in 'King Lear' is actually listed in Leonard Maltin's video
guide.

By 1988, Tarantino had written his second script, 'Natural Born Killers' and in 1990 he sold the script for
'True Romance' for $50,000. He decided to use this money to make his third script, 'Reservoir Dogs' on
16mm and in black and white with his friends in the leading roles. It was around this point that Tarantino
left the video store to do rewrites for CineTel, a small Hollywood production company - this is where he
met Lawrence Bender and struck lucky; Bender was attending acting classes given by a friend of Harvey
Keitel's wife. Keitel saw the script and was impressed enough to raise some more finance, act in the film
and help Tarantino cast the main roles. At this point, producers Monte Hellman and Richard Gladstein also
joined the project.
In 1991, Tarantino filmed some scenes at Sundance with him playing the role of Mr White and Steve
Buscemi playing Mr Pink. These scenes were shown to various film people to comment on and the group
containing Terry Gilliam were particularly impressed.
'Reservoir Dogs' finally premiered at Sundance '92 before appearing at various film festivals around the
World. Miramax picked the film up for distribution after Sundance and it was released in the US later in
1992 and in the UK on January 8 1993. Tarantino travelled around the various festivals in 1992 promoting
his film and writing his next script, 'Pulp Fiction' which went on to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes in 1994.
It finally opened amidst incredible hype and critical acclaim on October 14 in the US and October 21 in the
UK.
'Pulp Fiction' went on to become one of the most highly acclaimed movies of 1994, grossing over 100
million dollars worldwide and picking up several Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best
Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and winning an Oscar for Best Original
Screenplay
Riding on the success of Pulp Fiction, Tarantino has gone on to be a major Hollywood player, Producing,
Distributing films through Miramax with an arm of the company called 'Rolling Thunder', Co-Directing
and Co-Writing 'Four Rooms', an anthology-type feature film, Directing an episode of 'ER', a popular TV
show, and making many appearance in movies and TV.

His latest film, 'Jackie Brown', has opened to great success, making more cash in the opening weekend that
it cost to make the film & showing up on numerous critics top ten lists. Also, it's been nominated for 2
Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress (Pam Grier) Best Actor (Samuel L. Jackson). Tarantino's new film
"Jackie Brown" is by some a disappointment compared to his earlier films.
This is maybe because it isn't so violent as the earlier films. "Jackie Brown" is based upon Elmor Leonard's
novel Rum Punch.
Also in 1997, Tarantino appeared in Full Tilt Boogie, a documentary about the making of From Dusk Til
Dawn. His film work the following year was essentially confined to a role in Julia Sweeney's God Said,
Ha!, and in 1999, he was back behind the camera as the producer for From Dusk Til Dawn 2: Texas Blood
Money
Tarantino is now working on a yet to be titled project and has recently appeared along with Adam Sandler
in the comedy movie, Little Nicky, along with Adam Sandler.

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