What was in the Briefcase?
Can anyone tell me what was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction? And what is the Band-Aid on the back of Marsellus's neck about? Is there a connection? You never see or hear anyone say what's in the case. Thanks, - Hedy
Potential Answer (also see comments)
Note: If you don't remember the briefcase, check out the Hamburger scene video.
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Another theory is that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on his neck and the Band-Aid was simply there to cover an ugly scar. Personally I believe the first theory. After all, why would anyone care if a gangster had a scar? Aren't gangsters supposed to be scarred?
But it makes more sense to believe it was the diamonds from Reservoir Dogs that were in the suitcase ... and that the scar on the back of Marsellus's head is just that... an unrelated scar. What do other people think?
It is Wallace's soul in the suitcase, because in China or somewhere, they believe you can take your soul out, and it gets removed from the back of your neck and thats why he has the plaster on.
Then you see Wallace with no plaster on and that is because he has the suitcase back with his soul in.
shot he didn't want anyone too see (Must have been a really bad scar!).
"You can find that fact on IMDb trivia section, along with many other intresting facts". "When Ringo and Yolanda are talking in the cafe at the beggining off the movie, you can actually see Vincent going too the bathroom to 'Take a Piss'."
"As for the briefcase, Tarantino announced that "It's whatever the viewer wants it to be"along with the 'miracle' it's the viewers own opinion' do you agree with Jules (Miracle) or Vincent (Luck)."
Hope I helped.
As for what was actually in the briefcase on the set: it was very shiny and produced a glare on Ringo's face. It also practically gave him a hard on. I think it also produced a glare on Vincent's face in the apartment earlier that morning, I can't quite remember. It was supposed to be how Marcellus cleans his gangster income (launders his dirty laundry); he most likely did this by investing in gold bricks.
I hope this clears it up and I hope I didn't blurb too much b4 giving it up. I just wanted to add a little suspense in the spirit of one of our favorite movies. I hope I didn't offend anyone by letting the secret out, if I did, feel free to rant and rave and rip me to shreds. I won't reply.. but I'll read your replies just for the fun of it and I'll enjoy all of the colorful ways you can find to tear me up.
I can't figure out the band aid thing.. sry.
You ranted and raved about it so long like you were a fucking genius for figuring out the first thought in everybody's head. The idea is that gold is too easy.
Some clarification: earlier posts are right, whats in the breifcase is whatever you want it to be. tarantino and robert pretended to clear this up on an episode of artist on artist but
On set: on set it was simply a battery pack and a yellow bulb.
Now enjoy the movie!! :D
The symbolism is a reference to something from religion. A man's soul can be taken through the back of the neck, thus Wallace's scar. Wallace was trying to use what was in the brief case, to "buy" his soul back. Note that the combination to the briefcase was 666. In a sense you could say that the briefcase represented Wallace's salvation. Also note that Jules, who carries the brief case, has a tendency to "preach" (to his future victims:)
I think it was just a last minuit thing tarantino said before shooting rarther than the whole prosess of makeup etc
as for the breifcase i cant remember the name for it but it uses it in other films than resevour dogs and Pulp Fiction but they deliberatly dont tell/show us because it leaves suspence
The Band Aid: A common Negro Scar. Black skin scars more predominantly than white skin. Band aid is a cosmetic solution and provoking bit of trivia.
What ever is in the suitcase has to be of gold/yellow color since you see a yellow/gold light when it is opened. Therefor, it must be gold bars in the case.
IF there were diamonds in the suitcase it wouldnt glow yellow! In fact, it wouldn't glow at all. Only gold bars would make that glow.
well the truth is (i believe) that Mr. Tarantino used the briefcase as a MacGuffin.. which is a cinematic device used to motivate the plot...
in other words its put there to make ladies and gentlemen (like yourself).. post threads like this!
its also in the movie 'lord of the rings'
its frodo's weed!
The one about Marsellus's soul is the most popular, and of course the Diamonds from Reservoir Dogs, as well as the bricks theory, which I don't really believe.
There's also one about it being Elvis's gold suit.
All these are possibilities that we'll never know. I wonder if Quentin will take that to his grave?
You can interpret the suitcase however you want, but it's just supposed to represent the idea of "the-thing-everybody-is-after" and willing to kill/die for. It's just glowy because, whatever it is, it's "illustrous" and beautiful.
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