By Ulises Román Rodríguez via El Planteo.
Film director Quentin Jerome Tarantino is known for his unique style and controversial use of violence in his films.
With gallons of blood, memorable dialogue and outlandish characters, another recurring theme in his work is the use of drugs.
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The filmmaker – who will celebrate his 60th birthday on March 23 this year and will be honored by fans from all over the world – has shown drug use in his films in various ways and often uses the theme as a means to develop his characters and set a tone for the story.
Tarantino's first feature film, Reservoir Dogs (1992), featured characters smoking marijuana and talking about drugs while planning a robbery.
In Pulp Fiction (1994), John Travolta's character (Vincent Vega) is seen using cocaine and heroin.
There's also the unforgettable scene in which Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) revives after a heroin overdose plays an important role in the film's plot.
In Death Proof (1997), Jungle Julia (Sydney Tamiia Poitier) discusses reefer with her cronies, uses cocaine and drinks to excess before being killed.
Drug use in Tarantino's films is not only present in the main characters but also in the supporting characters.
In Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2019) Margot Robbie's character, Sharon Tate, smokes marijuana in a sensual way.
For this reason, El Planteo would like to join the tributes and go over Tarantino's films to tell you all about those scenes in which they use drugs: a recurring theme that has served him to develop the characters and set a tone for the story.
Tarantino And Drugs: Film By Film
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Tarantino's first film has a special depiction of marijuana.
One of the scenes in which weed accompanies is when the characters meet in an apartment to plan a robbery.
At that moment, several characters are shown smoking marijuana while discussing the details of the plan.
Marijuana is presented as a means to relax the characters and help them concentrate on the task at hand.
Another cannabis scene is when Harvey Keitel's character, the team leader, Mr. White, meets Tim Roth's character, Mr. Orange, in a store after the failed robbery.
Both characters are smoking marijuana as they talk about what happened and the problems that have arisen.
Marijuana in Reservoir Dogs is presented as an everyday occurrence between the characters.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
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