DYK: What is in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

0 Posted by - April 26, 2014 - DYK

According to Quentin Tarantino, “It’s whatever the viewer wants it to be.” The popular term for a plot device in which the details are unknown, e.g., what’s in the suitcase, what’s the secret formula for, why the birds suddenly started to attack humans, etc., is called a “MacGuffin.” Some viewers have suggested that the briefcase contains: Marsellus Wallace’s soul, the ear, or the stolen diamonds from Reservoir Dogs (1992), OJ’s or Michael Jackson’s other gloves, the Oscar that Tarantino hopes to win, Judy Davis’ head from Barton Fink (1991), laundered money, gold bullion, a 25-watt transparent amber light bulb or Marsellus’s dirty laundry.

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