DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 95 minutes, no extras
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English Mono, English Stereo, Spanish mono
Subtitles: English, French
STUDIO: MGM/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 4-17-2007
made on location in Malta, PULP was during the period where many great Michael Caine films were made (GET CARTER, THE ITALIAN
JOB, THE IPCRESS FILE, FUNERAL IN BERLIN).
PULP follows Mickey King (Michael Caine), a writer of various pulp novels under various names like Guy Strange, Susan B.
Eager, Paul Strong, Gary Rough, and a few side splitting names. While living in Europe and just finishing his novel
The Organ Grinder, he is contacted to be the ghost writer for an auto-biography of a former gangster star Preston Gilbert
(Mickey Rooney). Soon King finds himself in a murder plot as someone tries to kill him and King must find out why.
PULP is the type of film that is crazy and yet funny. It shows King as the typical pulp hero fighting against the odds
as [people more powerful than him want to shut him and Gilbert up for good. This film was shot entirely in Malta. The locations
lend to the onscreen gags and Michael Caine is front and center with various other actors adding to the colorful cocktail
known as PULP. This film is wall to wall as the story keeps playing out during the end credits. The characters are a mix of
gangster and European folks. Preston's third ex-wife is a princess (married to a guy who is running for office) while his
current girl has the hots for King. Preston's bodyguard can't shoot worth a damn. Caine narrates the movie as King fills
in extras details like any writer does as if PULP was actually a novel. In a way, PULP is a parody of old hard
boiled films like THE BIG SLEEP and THE MALTESE FALCON. Watch for the FBI agent who looks like Humphrey Bogart.
It is a gem indeed.
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