Film producers are usually defined by one film. For once Hollywood producer, that defining movie happens to be one of the greatest films of all time. That producer, Lawrence Bender, is best known in Hollywood as the man behind the making of “Pulp Fiction.”
Mr. Bender wasn’t always known as one of the most popular producers in Hollywood. In fact, he started out at the very bottom in the 1980s as a lowly production assistant. A few years later, Bender was producing low-budget, straight to video slasher movies. However, a chance meeting in 1990 would change his career trajectory forever.
It was at a friend’s barbecue that Lawrence Bender met a fast-talking screenwriter and actor with aspirations of becoming a big-time Hollywood Director. That young man, Quentin Tarantino, pitched Bender on the idea of a violent heist movie. Seeing greatness in the pitch, Bender encouraged Tarantino to put his idea to paper.
Two years later, “Reservoir Dogs” would mark the arrival of both Bender and Tarantino as forces to be reckoned with. The two were now being courted by Hollywood and given the chance to make a bigger budget film. Seizing their opportunity, the duo would put together a crime epic considered to be one of the best films of all time.
“Pulp Fiction” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993. The film went on to win the grand prize at the prestigious film festival. Several months later, the film would explode onto big screens across the United States, grossing over $100 million dollars in the domestic box office. Starring Hollywood A-listers John Travolta, Samuel Jackson, and Bruce Willis, “Pulp Fiction” would go on to earn Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations.
Born in the Bronx, in 1962, Lawrence Bender has been producing in Hollywood for almost four decades. In that time, he has produced hit films such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Jackie Brown” and “Silence.” With over 50 films to his credit, Bender is considered one of the most accomplished producers currently working in Hollywood. As he enters his next decade in filmmaking, movie fans anxiously await what Lawrence Bender will do next.