The Briefcase & The Band-Aid

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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!

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COMMENTS

rancidjunkie

These theories, could be true.. but Quentin doesn't want us to know, it would ruin the fun of letting our imaginations run wild.

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?

xdirtyboots

I know the band-aid is just from when Ving Rhames was shaving his head, and he cut it on accident, and he put a band-aid on it.

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.

brill301

I thought it was marsellus's "SOUL"

agon60

i was watching an interview on howard stern and somebody asked tarantino about the briefcase and he said all those rumors are false. he said that himself and avery purposely wrote it so that the viewer could decide for themselves what it was

ocdfan

I THINK, LIKE MOST COMMENTS, THE GOLD GLOW REPRESENTS "ALL THAT GLITTERS" SOUL IS GOOD THE COMBINATION WAS 666...BUT WHAT WERE THOSE KIDS DOING WITH IT??

mofo23

Hey y'all,
I'm hung over and a shitty typist so I'll keep this short. I have a very good audio/home theatre system and my curiosity as to what is in the briefcase is that, on my system you can clearly hear the golden glow humming in time with the fluctuation of the glow, like some type of cinematic nuclear humming device. So, gold bricks don't hum and I think Tarantino is just trying to keep us guessing by not divulging the truth. Also, I have seen the back of Ving's neck in another movie, and he does have a scar, but if he is so self-conscious about the scar, why didn't he cover it up in the other movie. Bottom line, between the 666, the hum and the band-aid, and Ringo looking mesmerized while commenting on the beauty of the briefcase's contents, I think that it's Marsellus' soul and Tarantino won't admit it just to keep the whole mystery and guessing going.

luvLayne

I always thought the bandaid was a sarcastic wound associated with shaving your head in general. The golden glow couldn't be gold bars, too heavy, everyone saw it in their own fantasy, through their own "gold tinted glasses"

THEGIMP

IN THE BEGINING OF THE MOVIE, IT SHOWS THE DEFINITION OF PULP. IT SAYS THAT ONE OF THE DEFINITIONS OF PULP IS THAT IT IS A ROUGH PAPER OF LURID CHARACTERISTICS IN A MAGAZINE. THATS WHAT I THINK WHATS IN THE BREIFCASE.

Nephilim

OBVIOUSLY its his damn soul, the Chinese mythology and Tarantino's creative writing should prove to be enough, and all those who said its not and "highly unlikely" are stupid boring people who don't believe in anything besides their own two eyes. But I think Tarantino is stupid for not telling us, I hate when writers say "we'll leave it up to the audience to decide", they are the ones who are the writers and should make up their damn minds! Gold bars and anything else solid is just boring and cliche, I love that he throws a bit of mythology in there, he should just come right out and say its his soul, people will go back and watch the movie and I think, appreciate it more, and Tarantino's creativity.

boombkem

listen up and listen good..........

band aid? yes he has a scar in real life, not for the purposes of the film. but he as the band aid cos the DEVIL did take his motherfucking soul! ancient Chinese mythology fuckbitches, suggests that the devil takes a motherfucking soul from the back of the bitch ass neck!! but hes got a scar!?! shut the fuck up...our man quentin is an articulate intelligent mother fucking, he knows that people will say the devil and others will say scar, thats what the man wants... and you know what its what he gets!!

talk some more.....start of the film, that crazy bitch hunny bunny gives it the old "any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every mother fucking last one of you" but at the end of this bad ass punk ass bitch ass film she says.."any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute everyone of you mother fuckers!" Mistake by the great man? what do you think numb nuts! anither wicked ploy to gets dumb bitches like you reading this shit talking...and what you doing? its 2am in your little dark room and your googling this shit!


in summary, the man quentin is a fucking genius and he knows what he doing, he is getting your crazy stupid dumbass motherfuckers talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking. you wont forget this film, you wont forget his name, marcellus soul, motherfucker!! marcellus sooul

peace out with much love

BadMOFo19

ok so to everyone saying the light is only gold, there's a part where the light is red. so that means its obviously not gold bars in there. and everyone is awed by the suitcase, and honey bunny says "its beautiful" when he sees it. almost all religions state that the soul is the most beautiful part of a human being. so since marcellus sold his soul to the devil, it was red in the beginning. but when vince and jules were getting it back, it was gold.
also i have an explanation for the "miracle". vince and jules were unharmed by the man cannon, since they were doing the work of god, getting his soul back. and personally i think the band aid scar explanation doesnt really fly...wallace is a badass gangster, why would they care if he has a scar in real life?? i think the soul thing is more likely. far fetched and you can take it or leave it. let me know what you think.

Zachrichter

The briefcase will always be a mystery, but the band aid was to cover up a scar on the back of Ving Rhames neck.

kingjef1

Ok, heres what I personally think, at the rape scene you find out that Wallace doesn't like to kill people right away, he likes to make them suffer, so maybe the man he dropped out the window (the one who everyone thought gave Mia the footrub), was the one who took Wallace's "soul" from his neck, and Wallace wanted to make him suffer for it, and then as in the movie, Vincent and Jules have to recover his soul. But that is just my theory.

CBR44

Although there are a few theories out there, we can only guess and keep guessing and commiting ourselves to believe that we know what's contained inside this case that is of great importance to Mr. Wallace. It's got a bright glow, the case has a strange combination, everyone who has seen the contents becomes mesmerized by it's beauty and for some reason some young men decided to risk they're saftey over whatever it is.....that's all I know about this. The theories are very interesting though, I'll give you that. Maybe QT should go the Carly Simon route and auction off the answer to this question to anyone who wants to pay top dollar to obtain it.

kgbeat

In the briefcase is the Oscar.

CBR44

The theory that it may contain the soul of Marsellius is possible. What tips me off about this is when Jules and Vincent open fire on Brett the "glow" is again visable. Could that have been Brett's soul leaving his body?

polon1um

This is over complicated. The briefcase contained gun and wallace was injecting direct into his nervous system

Ritchie_Frost

I like the soul theory. But a couple of questions come up. Why did those frat boys have it? And how does one put the soul back in?

Emceetricky

Never in the movie does marsellus stress that he even needs the briefcase. If it was that important to him there would be a scene where he described how much he wants the briefcase. This shows that whatever is in the briefcase is whatever the viewer wants it to be. And if ving rhaymes was just trying to hide a scar why would Tarantino do so many closeups of the back of his neck. The band aid is obviously something more significant.

jimmie

we are talking about band aid 'cause is good looking! yes the scare but...good looking. That's the reason in quentin's brain. the briefcase...(quentin's brain)...mystery...just something to make mad us!!!