Quentin Tarantino has long been rightfully hailed as a Hollywood legend for his unique style of directing. Known for non-linear storytelling, dark humor and, in some cases, his own interpretation of the story, Tarantino has blessed audiences with fantastic films such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Django UnchainedAnd Inglourious Basterds. Throughout his career, both as a director and as a writer, he has been honored by some of the industry’s most prestigious institutions, from Golden Globes to BAFTAs, with many of the awards he has won for his screenplays.
In fact, Tarantino is arguably one of the best writers in the business today. Not just scripts, too: for IndieWire, his film history book Film speculation will be released on bookstore shelves on October 25th. Of course, it’s his script that actually helped build the film career he has today. Not many people can create stories with characters as complex as he is. In fact, there are a handful of films for which Tarantino was an uncredited writer. Here are six movies you probably didn’t know were written by the author.
6/6 Past Midnight (1991)
It is true that the ’92 Hyenas it was Tarantino’s groundbreaking work as a screenwriter. However, in 1991, he provided the script rewrite for After midnight, eventually uncredited. That said, Tarantino received accolades as the film’s associate producer, which marked his first official on-screen recognition. Although the film was badly received by both critics and audiences, After midnight featured several pop culture references, including a crime scene cop saying, “Makes Nightmare on Elm Street look like Charlotte’s canvas.”
5/6 Four Rooms (1995)
Four rooms is an anthological black comedy consisting of four separate stories taking place under the same roof of the hotel. These stories were each written by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and, of course, Tarantino. Loosely based on the works of Roald Dahl, Four rooms sees protagonist Ted (played by Tim Roth) cross paths with multiple deranged guests on his first day at work on New Year’s Eve and his struggles to survive these situations. In particular, Tarantino wrote and directed the segment “The Man from Hollywood”. This segment was adapted from Dahl’s The man from the south. Despite Tarantino’s involvement in Four roomsthe film was a box office flop, as well as being labeled by film critics (via Rotten Tomatoes) as a “particularly erratic and frighteningly uninspired anthological effort”.
4/6 From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
The horror action movie From dusk to dawn is one of the many cult classics of the 90s. He sees Robert Rodriguez as the director and George Clooney and Tarantino as the main protagonists. The film was ultimately a commercial and critical success that opened the door to several pop culture initiatives, including video games, television series, and more. Tarantino’s involvement in From dusk to dawn he didn’t just play Richard Gecko’s character. In fact, the actor wrote the script and was the executive producer of the film.
3/6 The Rock (1996)
Steered by Michael Bay, The rock is a story of Stanley Good (played by Nicolas Cage) and John Mason (played by Sean Connery). He sees Stanley, an FBI chemist, and Mason, an SAS pilot, clashing with rogue American marines who have threatened to release nerve gas on San Francisco if their unusual requests are not met. As fans will know, the script for The rock it was written by David Weisberg and Douglas Cook, but that’s not all. The film, as highlighted by IndieWire, also saw contributions from Tarantino and The social network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, both collaborated on the script rewrite. Although Tarantino was never officially credited for this work, the film is largely a critical and commercial success and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound.
2/6 Crimson Tide (1995)
Tony Scott’s action thriller Crimson tide is set around the civil war in the post-Soviet era. The film tells a story of mutiny between the captain of a submarine and his deputy in command of the ship. The screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film was written by The peacemaker writer Michael Schiffer, but Scott, impressed by Tarantino’s work in true romance, recommended his name to the studio for changes to the script. Tarantino consequently helped with the script of Crimson tide, incorporating his signature style of pop culture references into many sequences. For example, on several occasions, the crew is seen discussing classics such as Star Trek, Silver Surfer, submarine movies and so on. Tarantino, however, was not credited for his work.
1/6 True romance (1993)
The resounding success of Tarantino Hyenas saw him join forces with Tony Scott once again, this time for his second feature film, true romance. With Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Val Kilmer and many others, true romance it was largely a box office flop. However, it was critically acclaimed and consensually referred to as “a fun and violent action outing” on its own merits. Eventually, the film became a cult classic among pop culture savvy viewers and is now dubbed one of Tony Scott’s best films to date and, furthermore, America’s best romantic detective film of the 1990s.