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Pulp [DVD]

Michael Caine , Mickey Rooney , Mike Hodges    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott, Nadia Cassini
  • Directors: Mike Hodges
  • Writers: Mike Hodges
  • Producers: Michael Caine, Michael Klinger
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADWVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,991 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Offbeat 1970s comedy thriller starring Michael Caine as Mickey King, a successful writer of 'pulp' - cheap paperback detective novels. When an agent offers him an extraordinarily generous sum of money to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity, King is intrigued, and agrees to the offer. He is taken to a beautiful and remote Mediterranean island where he meets his subject, Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), a retired movie star famous for his gangster roles and known for his off-set liaisons with real mobsters, who is now dying of cancer. King puts pen to paper at once but is left with no conclusion to his book when Gilbert is murdered at a party. King then begins to piece together the mystery of Gilbert's past, and uncover some strange and unpalatable truths...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), Italian ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Pulp fiction writer Mickey King (Michael Caine) gets mixed up with gangsters and murder on the island of Malta in this parody of private eye mysteries. It all begins when movie legend Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney) hires King to ghostwrite an autobiography about his colourful life, now he's dying of cancer. And Gilbert, who now lives in a secluded villa with his mistress, wife and bodyguard, will pull no punches in the book. The former actor wants to include the names of the many shady people he's known over the years. But then Gilbert ends up dead, and King turns sleuth to find out who killed him. In the process, the writer finds himself in the same dangerous position as the famous screen private eyes who have inspired him. ...Pulp

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where Jarvis Cocker became Jarvis Cocker ... 9 Feb 2005
"Can you walk a little faster?" said the whiting to the snail. "There's a porpoise right behind me, and he's treading on my tail ..."
More an off-beat comedy than a drama - which may not appeal to some - PULP is a nice little blend of Alfie and Harry Palmer, and is a sadly unregarded gem that has nevertheless become a bit of a cult film loaded with many inside jokes. The 'three Michaels' - Mike Hodges, Michael Caine and Mike Klinger - may not have hit similar paydirt as with their Get Carter, but the sheer knowing coolness of pulp writer Mickey King's (Caine) Chandleresque voiceover dialogue is carried off with caustic wit, panache and style ("The day started quietly enough, then I got out of bed."); in fact, there are four Michaels if one adds Mickey Rooney - and a fifth if one includes the main character, Mickey King. Fearing possible stereotyping as a Hard Man, PULP was intended to be the opposite of Caine's hard-hitting Jack Carter character: affecting the relaxed raffish air of the self-satisfied ex-pat (he left London and his lucrative job as a funeral-director, and elbowed the wife and three kids), Mickey King glides about the Mediterranean in a dapper white corduroy suit (it's where Jarvis Cocker got both his 'look' and the band's name!), churning out cheap gangster fiction paperbacks under ludicrous aliases (Guy Strange, Gary Rough, Dan Wilde, Les Behan, newly-discovered Indian writer Dr. O.R. Gann, and struggling Nigerian author S. Ódomi) and hard-boiled titles (Kill Me Gently, The Kneetrembler and My Gun Is Long). In fact, his voiceover dialogue of heroic action is the opposite of his real-life reaction when confronted with dangerous situations - starting with a succession of taxis completely ignoring his hails!
Neatly filmed on Malta, G.C.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem in the Michael Caine Catalogue 28 Jan 2008
This is actually one of my Favorite Michael Caine films; a Gleeful send up of Pulp Fiction/Paperback writers and Grade Z Crime Films....The film begins on a great tongue in cheek note; with Michael Caine's dry as a bone writer's narration juxtaposed with a pitch perfect George Martin/Euro /Morricone Score; setting the scene....Caine plays Mickey King; Paperback Pulp Fiction Sleazoid Writer; living a layabout life in tropical exile on the island of Malta.... And suddenly; He gets pulled into a labrynthine murder mystery ; involving exiled Mobsters and Illegal Masonic Lodge goings on....... Basically; it's One Big Shaggy Dog Story; and if you are willing to take the ride; it's quite an entertaining diversion....Great Malta locations; Awesome acting support from Mickey Rooney and Lizabeth Scott make for a nice bout of Cinematic Escapisim...Michael Caine Really seems to be enjoying taking himself not too seriously here!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars go with the flow 12 Dec 2009
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I first saw this movie on TV in the late Seventies and loved it; it's basically brilliant fun - a Raymond Chandler spoof set in a grubby Mediterranean island (shot in Malta) where everything is sleazier than in Chandler's LA. I saw it again in the early Eighties, when I loved it but felt a bit worried that the political message seemed naive - the ending just isn't well enough thought through. Now I'd be inclined to say that Pulp is very, very similar to Get Carter - they are both about the rich and powerful displaying their corruption by sexually abusing young girls, but Hodges in both films is somehow rather parochial in his examination of evil. The same theme reaches more universal heights in a film like Chinatown, yet I can't really let Hodges suffer by the comparison, since for me Chinatown is a little bit flawed, and its more expensive production values are perhaps a bit misleading.

The film seems a little slow nowadays, and I still don't like the ending, but I've given it 5 stars to balance out the more cynical reviews which are perhaps comparing apples with pears. In response to Mickey Rooney's critic, Rooney wanted to be the main star in every film he ever made, of course, but Breakfast at Tiffany's was the real disaster - he's fine in Pulp and not simply because he is actually parodying himself here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not quite on the mark 5 Jan 2014
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A slightly disjointed plot saved only by interesting actors and performances but ultimately dissappointing for those looking for a sharp thriller or witty satire it tries to do both and pulls off neither in the attempt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars present for a friend 26 April 2013
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This was a birthday present, and very well received . . . . . . . . . . .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pulp 28 Nov 2010
The asistant director, a friend of mine, told me about this film and not being very keen on Maurice Micklewhite decided to give it a try. How glad I did. Very off-beat sly humour and a good plot. It's only taken me twenty eight years to find it.
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