How Producer Lawrence Bender Gave Us “Pulp Fiction”

Many people know that Quentin Tarantino was the genius filmmaker behind the seminal crime film “Pulp Fiction.” However, most people may not be familiar with the producer behind one of the most important films of the last 25 years. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has been challenging the conventions of cinema for almost three decades.

The story of Lawrence Bender did not begin at a major Hollywood studio. In fact, Mr. Bender cut his teeth on the outskirts of the industry, producing low-budget slasher movies. Then one day, the producer had a chance meeting with an underemployed actor and aspiring filmmaker. That meeting would change Hollywood forever.

During the summer of 1990, Lawrence Bender met Quentin Tarantino at a mutual friend’s barbecue. During their industry chit-chat, Tarantino pitched the producer on the idea of a heist film gone wrong. Sensing a great story, Bender asked Tarantino to go ahead and write up the story. The result was the art house favorite “Reservoir Dogs.”

In two short years, both Bender and Tarantino had made their mark on the indie cinema world. However, the two wanted to aim higher and change the big Hollywood industry. Tarantino went off and wrote one of the most impressive screenplays in movie history. Bender took that script and pulled together almost $8 million to make the movie happen. The result was the cult hit “Pulp Fiction.”

The duo’s second landmark film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where it took home the top prize. Months later, the film opened in theatres across America and grossed over $100 million dollars. Starring heavy hitting stars such as Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Samuel Jackson, and John Travolta, “Pulp Fiction,” has inspired a generation of filmmakers. The icing on the cake came in early 1995 when the film was nominated for a slew of Academy Awards including a nomination for Bender for Best Picture.

Born in the Bronx, New York in 1962, Lawrence Bender has produced over 50 film projects in his three-decade career. His highest-profile films include “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” and “Good Will Hunting.” Today, Mr. Bender is considered one of the premier producer working in Hollywood today.

Kill Bill Production Elevates Lawrence Bender to Mainstream Success Status

Uma Thurman awakes after four years of being in a coma, the result of a botched assassination attempt by her estranged liasance Bill and is driven by one purpose, “Kill Bill.”

Thurman, whose anonymous character is referred to only as “The Bride” was carrying Bill’s child and adorned in a bridal gown on the day of her intended wedding to Bill, when she was struck down.

Bill played by David Carradine, the former star of the 1970‘s television drama Kung Fu, is one despicable hombre.

Leader of a ring of multi cultural female assassins, Carradine’s team is both elite and dreaded.

After Thurman’s exit from the hospital she begins to track down Bill, who has assembled his assassins into a lethal network of anti-Thurman foes, with the complementary mindset, Kill The Bride.

As Thurman eliminates her former co assassins, their intriguing specialties and backgrounds build and elevate the characters into almost mythological and nearly immortal personas.

In a plot twist that sheds light on the story’s setting, it is eventually revealed that Thurman was perhaps the most deadly member of Bill’s female crew, adding to and explaining the animosity she experiences from the other female executioners.

Personally selected to be trained by the legendary Hattori Hanzo, the master swordsmith played by martial arts director and actor Sonny Chiba, The Bride endures the most unimaginably harsh and cruel training that solidify her into quite possibly the toughest woman in the history of Chinese sword fighting.

A journey filled with witty dialog, well choreographed fights and a suspenseful assortment of mouse exterminates cat surprises, Thurman finally arrives at her destination, face to face with Bill.

Bill has a major surprise of his own for The Bride, however. It seems that the child which Thurman thought she had lost is both alive and in Bill’s care.

The installment referred to as Kill Bill Vol. 1 ends on a cliff hanger.

Producer Lawrence Bender has again worked with equally talented independent film director Quentin Tarantino to create a production that is both unique, well cast with Hollywood Legends and leaves the audience wanting more.

In fact, Kill Bill Vol. 1 was slated to be coreleased with Kill Bill Vol. 2, but it was felt that the more than 4 hours required to view the films would be too time prohibitive for a mainstream audience.

Kill Bill Vol 1 runs for an 111 minutes of pure entertainment. Adding another independent film success to Lawrence Bender’s credits, its $30 million budget returned nearly $181 million at the box office.

Lawrence Bender

Lawrence Bender graduated from the University of Maine, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

A native of the east coast, he was born and raised in Bronx, New York.

Bender’s wide variety of talents have earned him several awards in the film industry, including three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.