Mickey King (Michael Caine) is a successful pulp novelist who is invited to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity. His client, Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney) is a former actor -known for his gangster roles and real-life gangster connections. Now death is close at hand and King finds his job to be a lot more complicated than he first imagined.
Director Mike Hodges excels with the darker side of human nature and gets one of Caine’s finest performances with “Pulp”. Michael Caine, in one of his very finest performances, plays Mickey King, a writer of paperback pulp thrillers such as “My Gun Is Long” who is cornered by the associates of a faded Hollywood star named Preston Gilbert. Before King can meet Gilbert, he must go on a mystery coach tour. Soon, dead bodies are turning up and Mickey realizes that he’s in way over his head.
We see that he banality of the world is often lit up by people who are so much larger than life it’s hard to believe that they really exist. The film is an analyses the allure of fictional violence; glamour, machismo and the lack of consequence making this a very funny viewing experience. It also has a darker side which is largely kept as an undercurrent always close to the surface. Mickey King thinks he knows what’s involved in being the tough guy but the reality is that he really doesn’t. King may be physically prepared for the challenges that await him in the real world of violence and he’s hopelessly lost, drifting around in the middle of a sea of human corruption. When the film was first released in 1972, it flopped but since then it has gathered a small cult following over the years.
Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, supervised and approved by director of photography Ousama Rawi, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 1.0 mono sound
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Brand-new interview with writer-director Mike Hodges
Brand-new interview with director of photography Ousama Rawi
Brand-new interview with assistant director John Glen
Brand-new interview with Tony Klinger, son of producer Michael Klinger
Original theatrical trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet containing new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas