A Reporter Has Counted Every Bad Word in Quentin Tarantino’s Films


Quentin Tarantino’s scripts, as is well known, love to be enriched by vulgar epithets. The Dallas Observer reporter, Garret Gravely, ventured into the crazy task of counting every bad word spoken in a Tarantino film, coming to the conclusion that the word ‘fuck’ is the most used injury; 901 times in his nine films.

In second place is ‘shit’, the word used 295 times, very far from the summit. The Observer subdivides each characteristic bad word of the Tarantine films and then sum them all up in a final overview. 

The data is also interesting to show some surprising details in the relationship between Tarantino and inappropriate language. For example, the directorial debut, Le Iene, includes the word ‘fuck’ more than all the other films by the director, as many as 269 mentions. In second place is Pulp Fiction with 265. 

The latter is also the film that contains the most swear words in absolute, or 431. Bastardi Senza Gloria won the palm of the film less filled with vulgar epithets, with only 38 bad words. Interestingly, it is the first films of his career that are most enriched by these terms: on the podium, there are Le Iene, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown. 

The report also focuses on the use of the word ‘nigger’, a source of long controversy for the director throughout his career. Django Unchained is the film in which it is mostly used; 110 times.

Jackie Brown and The Hateful Eight stop at 35. 

Although there are three films that do not contain it – Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood – the word is still the third most used expression in movies of Tarantino.

The Tarantine use of this term has been defended by stars like Jamie Foxx and Samuel L. Jackson: “I understood the context. The word ‘nigger’ was uttered 100 times but I understood the context: this is how it was at that time “ said Foxx. 

Jackson’s comment is harsher: “You can’t just tell a screenwriter, who can’t talk, write words, put words in the mouths of people of their ethnicity, the way they use words. You can’t do it because then it becomes a falsehood. It is not honest.” 

Quentin Tarantino is in Rome these days to present Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood, the last project screened at the Cannes Film Festival; recently released a playlist with the favorite music of his films. In early July he also reiterated his withdrawal from the cinema. Will it really be like this?