Were the Pulp Fiction bullet holes already there?


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Pulp Sloth

I don't know if it's intentional but that dude looks like Jerry Seinfeld.


Some people say that this is a "deliberate" mistake. Why? Maybe the Jerry-Seinfeld-looking-dude has a fake gun and that's why the revolver on the gun doesn't rotate when it shoots? Maybe God didn't come down and stop the bullets?

:D ... BTW... it's not me who said it was deliberate mistake... it was

I think it's just a mistake. Films are not perfect. Even Tarantino films.


The Seinfeld looking dude is actually Alexi Arquette, Dave Arquettes transvestite sister.


Looks like Jerry Seinfeld in drag. Not my type but I wish her well. Life is a journey of self-discovery and everyone has a right to pursue happiness.


Just a mistake. If you see the end of the shooting of Bret in the first act of the movie you will see that Jules empties his gun into Bret, with the slide finishing in the reload position, back of the slide. In the scene you refer to here the gun is not empty, such that he has ammo to kill the hand cannon guy.
The other thing is there are only six holes in the wall. Three around the head of Jules, three which must have travelled through him, hence the miracle.


I believe it was actually a mistake. I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan and love all the hidden messages he leaves in each of his films. That is why I can watch all of his movies a hundred times and learn something new every time.

However, this is not one of those messages. If you check in the beginning, when Vincent and Jules get to the apartment, one can see that the bullet holes are clearly not there. Also, If you check closely, the revolver on the guy's gun does, in fact, rotate.


Maybe bc its non linear he put them there to make the audience think that scene was in chronological order


I believe you can say with almost 100% certainty that it was absolutely NOT a mistake. This is a Tarantino Movie... he tends to promote realism even if the movies are somewhat strange. The guy (who is now a woman) fired directly at them and emptied the entire barrel.

The whole point of the holes in the wall behind them was to show that the gun was firing blanks! It is a clue. In other words: it is saying there was no divine intervention. The holes in the wall are supposed to be there as an indication that blanks were fired. If he was firing real bullets they would both be as good as dead.

I am not quite sure why many people do not see the ( not so subtle) clue. It is kind of obvious really.

The Tim Situation

Cheese is completely wrong. It is 100% mistake. It is so obvious. They weren't there earlier in the scene. So God either intervened and made magic hikes in the wall or it was a mistake.

See...I can be a dismissive D too.

The Tim Situation

Cheese is completely wrong. It is 100% mistake. It is so obvious. They weren't there earlier in the scene. So God either intervened and made magic hikes in the wall or it was a mistake.

See...I can be a dismissive D too.


It's most certainly a continuity error. The holes are clearly visible behind Jules and Vincent in the reaction shot before the "fourth man" starts firing the gun but not in the wall in the opening scene of the movie. (unless of course every shot we don't see Vincent fire is shot into the wall instead of Brett) Miracle perhaps, not blanks.


I’m a little late to the party but I look at this whole thing differently. Now weather Quentin devised the scene this way, or not, is irrelevant. This is just my take on this scene and the theme of the movie.

The bullet holes were always there. They just didn't notice and because they didn’t notice, we didn’t either. It is a valid film device to only show you what you need to see. Now, weather Seinfeld had a fake gun or not is not important. What is important is that he didn’t hit them and that made Jules finally notice the holes in the wall.

Jules and Vincent walked in there with the intent of killing everyone in there. They were focused and might as well had been wearing blinders. I’m sure most of you have missed important details within your surroundings when you are concentrating on something important. When “Jerry” comes out and unloads his gun on them, it “breaks” their concentration and they finally see the holes on the wall and Jules makes the mistake most people of faith make and attribute the unexplained phenomenon to Devine intervention. The ironic thing is that maybe this was divine intervention after all, but it wasn’t that god came down and stopped the bullets. But instead he set in motion a set of events that would save their lives later at the restaurant because their deaths deserved meaning.

Vincent’s fate had already been established. He was to die alone in an embarrassing death. Something tells me that optics was quite important to Vincent. Jule’s fate is not know, but my guess is that “God” wanted him to pay dearly for his sins and getting shot in a random apartment was not cleansing enough. Jules is to live the life of a vagabond, walk the earth, and beg for his life like so many of his victims.

What makes Pulp Fiction a great movie? Because it leaves so much to the imagination. There are so many instances where we, the viewer, can impart our own explanations and therefore making the film our own. I can’t think of many movies that can do that.