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Pulp (1972)

Michael Caine , Mickey Rooney , Mike Hodges  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 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: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MTFDE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,313 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mickey King (Michael Caine) writes pulp, lives pulp and very soon could be pulp. While ghostwriting an autobiography for Hollywood star Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), Mickey ends up investigating a murder....

Pulp is a little-seen yet still entertaining black comedy from Michael Caine's prolific mid-career period of the early 1970s. While Sleuth fared much better at the box office in 1972 (mainly due to the dynamic pairing of Caine and Laurence Olivier), there's much to enjoy in this droll, wickedly sarcastic effort from Mike Hodges, who had previously directed Caine in the acclaimed 1971 thriller Get Carter. You can detect some of that film's darker sensibility here, with Caine giving a laid-back and jaded performance as Mickey King, a pulp novelist of dubious reputation who's agreed to ghost-write the autobiography of Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), a Hollywood has-been who specialized in playing gangsters, now living in a sun-baked villa on the island of Malta. As it turns out, Gilbert's been keeping some dangerous secrets, and shortly after Mickey arrives on the island, Gilbert is murdered and the now-unemployed ghost-writer is the killer's next target. As Mickey tracks down clues by interviewing potential suspects, his voice-over narration (of which there is plenty in this casually-paced mystery) begins to reflect how his own life has become like one of his overcooked potboilers, and half the fun comes from hearing how he's embellishing events as they unfold. Rooney's a comedic standout during his brief time on-screen, and there's some fine support from Lionel Stander as Gilbert's lazy bodyguard, and long-legged beauty Nadia Cassini (who went on to a modest career in Italian films) as Gilbert's mistress. Note to film buffs: Keep a lookout for Al Lettieri (best known as "Solozzo" from The Godfather), in addition to a small but pivotal role for Robert Sacchi, who made a career for himself as "The Man with Bogart's Face." Pulp may not make you laugh out loud, but it'll definitely keep you smiling. --Jeff Shannon

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem in the Michael Caine Catalog!! February 23, 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 not taking himself too seriously here!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown, underrated September 23, 2010
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There are most likely many Michael Caine aficionados out there who may be familiar with this movie, but I was not. I am, of course, familiar with the previous outing by this same team (Producer Michael Klinger and Writer-Director Mike Hodges), Get Carter. While Get Carter was the prototypical gritty British crime drama, this film takes things in another direction and becomes a flat-out black comedy. True to Caine's character's profession as a writer of amoral, violent, sexually charged pulp fiction, the film likewise takes its characters on a similar meandering journey. Caine is near-brilliant as a particular type of British tough-guy. He comes off as all charm and international flair, until he gets into a conversation that bores him, at which point he often becomes testy and down-right nasty, but with a smile and a low-key attitude. And Mickey Rooney is amazing as, what else, a spoiled former Hollywood big-shot. Think James Cagney, but with George Raft's real-life mob connections. Rounding out the cast are Hollywood veteran Lionel Stander, film noir star Lizbeth Scott, a pre-Godfather Al Lettieri, Humphrey Bogart lookalike Al Saachi, and Italian actress Nadia Cassini, who is not so much a good actress as she is beautiful to look at. The music is by George Martin and has that perfect blend of style and atmosphere, as does the backdrop of the whole affair, the isle of Malta. This movie really is a gem, and I am thrilled to have found it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The script is a gem January 29, 2014
"The air had the musty smell of dried up dreams.." With writing like this how could I not love Pulp? Also a pleasure to hear Michael Caine intone these words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty appetizer from the cinema buffet July 13, 2014
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1970s' noir-ese British style. Suggest 'Gumshoe' starring Albert Finney and 'The Limits Of Control', a Jim Jarmusch film as follow up viewing. These films are fine reminders of how easily we can get caught up in the dumbing down by all the crash bang movies.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Fizzle April 29, 2007
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Fan's of the original "Get Carter" be forwarned. "Pulp" may have reteamed star Michael Caine and director Mike Hodges but lightning has not struck twice here. The story, when not incoherent, meanders and Hodges' stabs at dark comedy crash down with a resounding thud. Even at an an economical 95 minutes the film seems to drag. Lone redeeming qualities here are the ever charismatic Caine and an all too abreviated appearance by Mickey Rooney as an exiled film star.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very good April 19, 2013
By David
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Michael Caine made movies when he needed money for projects around his home and other mundane purposes according to his autobiography. Pulp has to be one of those movies.

If I made reference to any "plot" element or explained in my own words what the plot was, some would feel that a spoiler was in progress while others would think I was mentally challenged. The plot is confusing, the story is confusing, the scenes don't follow in any logical pattern.

It's just a bad movie . . . but it's fun to see Michael Caine.
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