Quentin Tarantino has always borrowed things from other films for inclusion in his own movies – from riffing on Ringo Lam’s City on Fire for Reservoir Dogs, to using things found in Lady Snowblood as part of Kill Bill. Part of the fun of watching QT’s films is spotting the influences, homages and other nods to great cinema and pop culture.
Today we share the inspiration behind one of the most famous scenes in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, which actually was lifted almost directly from Martin Scorsese’s American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince.
During Pulp Fiction, Travolta and Eric Stoltz have to stab an adrenaline shot directly into the heart of an OD’ing Uma Thurman. They argue over who has to do it, consult a medical dictionary for guidance, and draw a mark on her chest with a magic marker – all things Prince describes firsthand in Scorsese’s film.
Check it out below. The story in question begins at the 2:02 mark of the clip.
[via Cinephilia and Beyond]