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Quentin Tarantino Original Screenplays Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3717
This collection consists of copies of original screenplays by Quentin Tarantino: two copies of From Dusk Till Dawn (1991) and one copy of Jackie Brown (1996). From Dusk Till Dawn starred Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, and Juliette Lewis. In the film, two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. Jackie Brown was based on the 1996 Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster, the movie is about a flight attendant who becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.

Dates

  • circa 1991 and 1996

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of copies of original screenplays by Quentin Tarantino: two copies of From Dusk Till Dawn (1991) and one copy of Jackie Brown (1996). From Dusk Till Dawn starred Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, and Juliette Lewis. In the film, two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. Jackie Brown was based on the 1996 Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster, the movie is about a flight attendant who becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.

Biographical/Historical Note

Quentin Tarantino was born on March 27, 1963, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He moved to California with his mother at the age of three. In California, he started to take acting classes in school and eventually dropped out at fifteen to attend acting classes full-time at James Best Theater Company. After two years, he dropped out to pursue other career paths. Tarantino then worked at Video Archives where he developed a love for writing screenplays. Tarantino's first film, My Best Friend's Birthday, was released in 1987, the screenplay of which would be the basis for a later film True Romance (1993). He established himself as an independent filmmaker, and gained notoriety, with the releases of his neo-noir crime films Reservoir Dogs in 1992 and Pulp Fiction in 1994. These incipient films are often categorized by critics and the public as cult classics. These films and the rest of his subsequent filmography to present day have received excellent critical, commercial, and public reception, as seen through a plethora of awards as well as consistently high ratings. Known for their highly-stylized and dialogue-driven compositions, Tarantino’s films are frequently noted for their non-linear plots, aestheticization of violence, satirical nature, elements of neo-noir, pop culture references, and ensemble casts that contain a mix of established and lesser-known actors. Beyond directing, Tarantino has written, produced, and acted in numerous movies and television shows.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480