Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” Takes The Director Back To “Pulp Fiction” In Style & Substance

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film – the currently in-production Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – will be the closest in style to Pulp Fiction since the director released his 1994 cult classic.

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Quentin Tarantino has whet appetites for his latest film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood with the claim this film will the closest in style to Pulp Fiction of any of the films he’s done since such as Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight and Death Proof. Equally, sources who have read the script support the director’s claim.

So it’s unsurprising that his latest effort is gaining plenty of buzz and anticipation. Tarantino has described his pairing of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (for the first time on screen) as “the most exciting star dynamic duo since Robert Redford and Paul Newman“.

What do we know about Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood?

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Details about the plot are vague at presence. Deadline reported Tarantino describing it as a “story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood”. DiCaprio plays Rick Dalton, a former TV actor and star of a serial western, who struggles to reignite his career with the backdrop of a changing film and TV industry framing his story alongside friend – his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).

With some of its story elements based on truth – probably a stylised reality akin to Inglourious Basterds‘ view of World War II – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood features characters based on real people such as Rick Dalton’s neighbour Sharon Tate. The film is apparently set at the time of the Charles Manson killings and Tate’s own death at the hands of Manson followers.

Margot Robbie will play Tate, while Bruce Dern (replacing the late Burt Reynolds) appears as George Spahn, the owner of the ranch where Tate’s murder was supposedly concocted, Mike Moh is starring as Bruce Lee, and Damien Lewis plays the legendary Steve McQueen. Al Pacino will also reportedly play the agent of DiCaprio’s erstwhile TV star and Dakota Fanning will play Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Tarantino favourites Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen will also have small roles.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, will arrive in UK cinemas on July 26, 2019.

*Article updated October 3 to reflect Bruce Dern’s casting.

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Rory Fish has loved movies since he can remember. If he was to put together an "all time" top 10 of absolute favourites it would have to include North By Northwest, 12 Angry Men and Sunset Boulevard.

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