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John Travolta to Ring in TCM Classic Film Festival With 30th Anniversary ‘Pulp Fiction’ Screening

John Travolta to Ring in TCM Classic Film Festival With 30th Anniversary ‘Pulp Fiction’ Screening

John Travolta will be on hand when the TCM Classic Film Festival kicks off with a 35mm screening of Pulp Fiction. The modern classic will be screened at the 15th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 18th. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film’s release.

Pulp Fiction starts the show with a bang, diving into a weekend lineup themed “Most Wanted: Crime and Justice in Film,” celebrating the network’s 30th anniversary.

Pulp Fiction is one of the most important and influential movies of the 1990s. It was Quentin Tarantino’s magnum opus and the beginning of a well-deserved comeback for John Travolta,” explained Ben Mankiewicz, TCM primetime anchor and official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival. “Like Bonnie and Clyde and The Godfather, it changed our thinking about the type of stories Hollywood could tell.”

Along with Debuting the Same Year as TCM, ‘Pulp Fiction’ Revamped John Travolta’s Career

Produced with a budget of less than $10 million, Pulp Fiction raked in over $100 million in box office sales. The film garnered widespread praise, clinching the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also secured seven Academy Award nominations, including a nod for Best Picture. Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary were jointly awarded the Academy Award for Best Screenplay.

Of course, Pulp Fiction boasted an impressive ensemble cast with big names like Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, and Harvey Keitel. The film revitalized John Travolta’s career by casting him as hitman Vincent Vega, while propelling Samuel L. Jackson to stardom with his electric portrayal of hitman-turned-prophet, Jules.

In 2013, the Library of Congress recognized Pulp Fiction as culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, leading to its inclusion in the National Film Registry for preservation.

TCM has named esteemed academic and author Jeanine Basinger as the recipient of the Robert Osborne Award. This prestigious accolade honors individuals who have played a pivotal role in preserving the cultural legacy of classic cinema for generations to come. For the upcoming event, she was selected to present a screening of 1951’s Westward the Women.

Each year, the event honors individuals whose contributions to Hollywood have made a lasting impact on film. Renowned actor Billy Dee Williams will be on hand. Williams will present his films Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976). Meanwhile, Academy Award-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell will showcase her work in Almost Famous (2000) and Lincoln (2012).