There are not many producers who are able to leave a permanent mark on Hollywood. One producer, however, has been able to change the Hollywood game many times starting with one of the best crime films ever made. That producer, Lawrence Bender, helped change the rules of filmmaking with the hit film “Pulp Fiction.”
Before he was at the top of his game, Lawrence Bender was working at the very bottom of the Hollywood system. For years, Bender was working as a production assistant. Then in the late 1980s, Bender started producing low-budget, straight to video movies. His career wasn’t exactly anything to write home about. Then in 1990 everything changed.
Bender found his big break at a barbecue at a friend’s house. There he would meet another man hoping to get his big break in Hollywood. That man, Quentin Tarantino, pitched Bender on the idea of heist movie told from multiple points of view. Intrigued by the idea, Bender encouraged Tarantino to go off and write the screenplay.
A couple of years later, “Reservoir Dogs” would blast onto the big screen and get Bender’s foot into the door of mainstream Hollywood. With a chance to make his first major motion picture, Bender decided to make a statement that would change filmmaking forever.
That film, “Pulp Fiction” is widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1990s. And one of the best crime films of all time. The film starred John Travolta, , Samuel Jackson and Bruce Willis and grossed over $100 million dollars on a paltry $8 million dollar budget. The film would also earn Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. Four years after meeting Tarantino at a backyard barbecue, Lawrence Bender was now on top of the world.
Born in the Bronx in 1962, Lawrence Bender has been producing major Hollywood motion pictures for over three decades. Among the films produced by Bender include, “Jackie Brown,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “An Inconvenient Truth.” As he continues into his next decade of filmmaking, the world will be watching what Lawrence Bender will come up with next.