A script sharper than Mr. Blonde's razor is one of Reservoir Dog's major weapons, and Tarantino wrote those award-winning words in less time than you may expect. The initial draft, which lasted 100 pages, was written in three and a half weeks by the filmmaker. He then revised it for another six weeks before submitting it to his first studio, Miramax. They bought it on the spot, and filming began only nine months later.
Reservoir Dogs was produced using a low budget but it made nearly $100 million at the box office, so they must have done something right!
Tarantino used this film as a platform to launch his own movie company, called "Miramax", and he has since gone on to become one of the most successful filmmakers in America.
Quentin Tarantino came up with the title for the picture when visiting a production business and observing a pile of rejected scripts labeled "Reservoir Dogs." As though dogs were imprisoned in a reservoir tank, all of those texts were vying for attention. The name stayed with him. He used it again for his next film, 1999's American Beauty.
Tarantino has said that he likes using titles that are questions or statements to highlight important aspects of the movie. For example, there's no question what song is playing during most of the dance scene in Romeo & Juliet -- it's "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond.
Tarantino has also cited Alfred Hitchcock as an influence on his work. One of Hitchcock's trademarks was creating suspense by not showing what happens but instead by telling through dialogue and character development.
Reservoir Dogs' original title was simply called "Visions of Eight." It was changed when someone at the production company observed the pile of scripts and thought they looked like visions from an old English poem called "The Vision of William Shakespeare."
Tarantino liked this idea so much that he used it for his next film as well. American Beauty uses "Visions of Eight" as its title too. Both films were very successful so Tarantino decided to continue the trend with his next project, which was Hateful Eight.
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Reservoir Dogs was written by Quentin Tarantino. The film is based on the true story of a group of criminals who rob several banks in Los Angeles over a period of a few weeks. Each time they go to a new bank, they bring a new person with them to help out with the heist. The movie also features appearances by Paul Walker and David Carradine.
Quentin Tarantino has said that he wrote the script for Reservoir Dogs in just 40 hours. He got the idea for the story while watching an old crime drama series called Ellery Queen. The character of Mr. Orange from the movie was based on real-life criminal Charles "Tex" Watson. Mr. Orange's role in the movie is only three lines long but it's said that his presence has done more for the success of the film than its actual plot.
Tarantino has also said that he didn't have any intention of making such a dark movie when he wrote it. But after filming some of the scenes, he realized how powerful they were and decided to make the whole thing much darker.
Following the success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino was contacted by Hollywood and offered many projects, including Speed and Men in Black, but he fled to Amsterdam to concentrate on his Pulp Fiction script. There he met producer Lawrence Bender who agreed to finance and produce the film together.
Their partnership proved successful and they went on to make two more films: Grindhouse and The Hateful Eight. After that, there were reports that Tarantino was going to direct a Star Wars film but nothing came of it. He has also been rumored to be working on a new Pink Panther movie but neither of these have come to pass.
In 2007, it was reported that Miramax was planning to release an album composed entirely of original songs written by Tarantino. The album was expected to include music from several of his planned movies such as Death Proof, Kill Bill Vol. 1, and Volume 2. No further news about this project has emerged since then.
In 2009, Tarantino announced that he would be making a $10 million film called Django Unchained which is set in the American South during the time of slavery. It tells the story of a slave named Django who escapes from his master and finds himself in trouble with the law.
Reservoir Dogs exemplifies Tarantino's distinct approach to language and world-building. The film is both interesting and encouraging, especially for novice filmmakers who want to see how a great tale can be delivered on a shoestring budget. Reservoir Dogs is without a doubt one of the finest feature film debuts of all time. It's exciting, tense, and filled with incredible characters you'll love or hate.
Not only does Reservoir Dogs offer an amazing story but it also features some of the most memorable scenes in movie history. The opening scene where Mr. White takes out his nine-millimeter pistol at the traffic light and shoots two people in front of him is one of the most shocking moments I have ever witnessed on screen. After this incident, we are introduced to the various members of the gang and learn why they all wanted to kill Mr. White. From there, the film follows these individuals as they try to catch Mr. White while he's traveling around Los Angeles looking for someone else to murder. The ending is very dramatic too!
Besides being a perfect example of a crime thriller, Reservoir Dogs is also a commentary on modern society. In order to survive in the criminal underworld, each character has been hardened by life on the streets. Some of them are even willing to commit heinous crimes just for money or drugs. Although many people think that criminals are only bad people who should be punished forever, this not true at all.