The director behind Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs and so much more, Quentin Tarantino, is turning 58.
The Hollywood legend celebrated his 58th spin ’round the sun in 2021 on March 27, with his young age a testament to how he took the world of cinema by storm at a young age.
Celebrate with Outsider as we take a look at another Outsider’s career through the big screen. Tarantino has tackled heavy subjects and settings head-on over the years, and has seemingly never lost a step.
Quentin Tarantino Debuts with Reservoir Dogs
Tarantino blew the doors off of classic storytelling with his directing debut in Reservoir Dogs. Rather than a classic chronological story, the film journeys from moment to moment, all centered around a heist gone awry that is never shown on-screen.
Filled with more than its fair share of intense moments and plot twists, it immediately solidified that Quentin Tarantino was a name to watch in cinema. The fact that he first released it at the age of 28 only adds to its legacy.
And while the twists and turns of Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) and company are forever captivating, the story of how it came to be is equally so. Tarantino was working at a video store and studying acting, and a chance pass-off to Harvey Keitel secured infrastructure and funding.
Reservoir Dogs kickstarted the directorial career of Quentin Tarantino, and he basically never looked back.
Pulp Fiction Elevates Tarantino to Legend Status
If Reservoir Dogs solidified Quentin Tarantino as a name to watch in film, Pulp Fiction locked him in as a legend. That may sound hyperbolic, but considering how the 1994 film is now in the Library of Congress and often listed as one of the top movies of the 1990s, time has only shown how massive its success was.
Voraciously gritty but jarringly sweet and nostalgic in moments, Tarantino essentially made non-chronological storytelling his trademark with the film. Featuring a host of plots that all intertwine in complex but enjoyable ways, it’s neither a happy or tragic story.
Instead, it paints a vivid, harsh tale that seems to throw out the moral compass. As Vincent Vega and Jules Winfield look to do the dirty work of Marsellus Wallace, boxer Butch Coolidge double-crosses Wallace. This, as well as a few other threads of story, make up one of the all-time classics of action films.
Django Unchained Hits New Financial Heights
With amazing films like Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and Inglourious Basterds, it feels cheap to move on. But Django Unchained brought Quentin Tarantino success in several different ways, including at the box office.
Of all his films, Django Unchained is the highest grossing with $425,368,238 made worldwide. Sheesh.
Featuring a star-studded cast of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tarantino-favorite Samuel L. Jackson (hey Jules Winfield,) Django went even further back than Inglourious, being set in the Deep South. An emancipated slave, Django, is given a chance at revenge and to reunite with his wife after being trained as a bounty hunter.
Gory as one would expect and featuring a no-holds-barred approach to the setting, Django Unchained was an instant smash and ended up being nominated for 5 Oscars.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Show’s Tarantino’s Longevity
Famously, Tarantino has said he only plans to make 10 films, with Kill Bill‘s two movies counting as one. In his “ninth” endeavor, Quentin Tarantino again shattered the expectations of film.
Billed as a movie that would focus around famed serial killer Charles Manson and his “Family,” the film takes a wild, alternative route to tell the story. We don’t want to spoil it for anyone that hasn’t seen it. But, essentially, the film is not what it seems.
Leonardo DiCaprio is joined by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie in a nostalgia, but unnerving journey through a major moment in Hollywood history. With over $374 million made worldwide, it’s just another testament to the attention Tarantino commands in his films.