Quentin Tarantino is one of those directors whose whole career seems to be interwoven into one brilliant storyline that spans countries and generations. Whether it's a tiny nod or a noticeable mention to one of his favorite movies, directors, or his own works, he's known for dropping clever easter eggs into the Tarantinoverse for fans to find.
As true fans of the filmmaker know by now, there's a great theory swirling around the Internet that explain how Tarantino's movies are all interconnected in two separate universes, the "Realer Than Real" universe and the "Movie Movie" universe which is a mini universe that exists in the "real" one. It's all pretty complicated, but Cracked.com and IGN both do a great job of explaining it for more details.
So, here are 11 of the many clever easter eggs that Tarantino has included pay homage to his inspirations tie his universes together.
1. Uma Thurman's love of geometric shapes
In both Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, Uma Thuman's character draws a square with her fingers in a conversation. In Pulp Fiction, Mia Wallace is telling Vincent not to be a square, and in Kill Bill she's telling Vernita Green that they're even.
2. The Bride's revenge siren
As a fan of classic kung fu movies, Tarantino used Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 to pay tribute to the 1972 movie Five Fingers of Death. The siren used in the film was also used whenever Beatrix Kiddo faced someone from the Deadly Viper Gang.
3. Tarantino and Uma Thurman worked on the plot of Kill Bill while filming Pulp Fiction
Of course, the plot wasn't perfectly fleshed out when Pulp Fiction was filmed nine years earlier, but Mia Wallace's summary wasn't too far off! Kill Bill is in the "Movie Movie" universe, meaning that it could be a movie that characters in the "real" universe could actually watch and be influenced by.
4. The Vega brothers
Vic Vega (Reservoir Dogs) and Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) were brothers. Originally, Tarantino planned to make a prequel about the two brothers. Sadly, since neither character made it out of their first Tarantinoverse appearances alive, it would have been tricky making a pre-Pulp Fiction era movie with both Michael Madsen and John Travolta as they would be too old to play the roles.
5. Tarantino's trunk shot
As this Redditor pointed out, Tarantino is quite a fan of this angle. This shot is often used to show one character's dominance over another, and since Tarantino is constantly switching up power positions, this trunk shot comes in handy a fair amount.
6. Steve Buscemi's karmic retribution
We all remember Mr. Pink's rant against tipping the waitress in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but only two years later Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) is back in Pulp Fiction, but this time he's dressed as Buddy Holly working as a waiter at the Jack Rabbit Slim's Restaurant. I bet he wishes he hadn't been so quick to pull out that tiny violin.
7. Minor Pulp Fiction cameo in Django
As was mentioned a few times in the Reddit thread where this was addressed, I so badly wish that Christopher Walken had made a cameo in [Django Unchained](movie:202587).
8. Red Apple cigarettes
Whether it's Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, or From Dusk Till Dawn, Tarantino is able to find a way to sneak in a bit of marketing for the fictitious cigarette brand.
9. Django's famous family ties
Quentin Tarantino confirmed that he envisioned the characters Django and his wife Broomhilda as the great-great-great-great grandparents of the 1970s private eye, John Shaft.
10. Mr. Orange's true allegiance was revealed much earlier
The surviving criminals in Reservoir Dogs spent a lot of time trying to figure out who the person was who ratted out their heist plans to the police. Had the characters just been paying attention to the signs of the Tarantinoverse, maybe they would have seen the orange balloon trailing Nice Guy Eddie's car or the orange liquids that accompanied Mr. White and Mr. Pink. Just little hints here and there that Mr. Orange was an undercover cop the whole time.
11. The two Djangos
The 1966 Spaghetti Western that shares a name with Tarantino's western Django Unchained was directed by Sergio Corbucci and starred Franco Nero. In Tarantino's version, Franco Nero makes a cameo as a Italian Mandingo Fighter manager. In the scene the two Djangos even sit next to each other to talk briefly.
Thanks to the various people across the Internet far and wide who have spotted these little hints from Tarantino. As I said before, these are just a few of the many. So, if you have any favorites that I didn't mention, feel free to mention them in the comments section!
In the meantime, I'm off to find myself a Royale with cheese and a $5 milkshake to top it off.