How “Pulp Fiction” Producer Lawrence Bender Changed Hollywood

There are many Hollywood producers who seek to change the world of movies. However, one producer has not only changed movies forever, he still continues to challenge the conventions of filmmaking. That producer, Lawrence Bender, is one of the rare Hollywood hitmakers who also creates work that makes waves during awards season.

Lawrence Bender wasn’t always at the top of the Hollywood game. In fact, you could say that he started and languished for years at the very bottom of the Los Angeles movie making machine. Throughout the 1980s, Bender was working as a production assistant and later a producer of low-budget slasher films. But it would take a chance encounter in 1990 that would change everything.

It was at a mutual friend’s barbecue that Lawrence Bender met another person trying to make it in the world of Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino. At the time, Tarantino hadn’t made his first real film. However, Tarantino did have an ingenious idea about a heist movie. And when Tarantino pitched it to Bender, the young producer knew that he had gold in his hands. He encouraged Tarantino to go ahead and write the script while he secured financing for the movie. Two years later, “Reservoir Dogs” was born.

The success of that first film allowed both Bender and Tarantino to make their sophomore effort. Seeing it as their chance to make a big statement, the duo swung for the fences. The result was “Pulp Fiction,” widely considered to be one of the greatest crime films of all time. The film would go on to gross over $100 million dollars in the domestic box officer and earn Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.

Born in the Bronx, Lawrence Bender has always been a producer who played by his own rules. In his three-decade career, Bender has produced over 50 films with three being nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Today, Bender continues to produce films for commercial audiences as well as art house fans. As he enters his next decade of producing, Lawrence Bender will look to shock, delight and challenge movie fans around the world.

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