When one talks about the genius filmmaking of Quentin Tarantino, there is another name that must come up in order to get a clear picture of one of the greatest filmmakers of the last century. And that would be the then little-known producer who actually discovered the young filmmaker and helped him sell his first film, “Reservoir Dogs.” That producer, Lawrence Bender, has brought some of the greatest films, of the last three decades, to the big screen.
While “Reservoir Dogs” may have been the first big break for the young producer, as well as Quentin Tarantino, it is no question that both Mr. Tarantino and Mr. Bender’s masterpiece is their follow-up film, “Pulp Fiction.” This popular crime movie was one of the first independent films to make over $100 million dollars in the domestic U.S. box office. Additionally, the film was nominated for several Academy Awards including best picture for which Mr. Bender shared the nomination.
So why is “Pulp Fiction” Lawrence Bender’s best film? Consider the fact that Quentin Tarantino was not the big shot Hollywood director back in 1993 when he completed his script for the movie. That meant that Lawrence Bender had to work hard to sell the unusual script to the financing studio Miramax. And after selling the script to the studio, Mr. Bender was tasked with assembling the ensemble cast on a relatively tight budget of just $5 million dollars. Lawerence Bender was responsible for bringing many A-list stars from Uma Thruman to Bruce Willis as well as Harvey Keitel to this independent film.
Today Lawrence Bender has produced over 50 films, some of them in collaboration with his longtime partner Quentin Tarantino. In his career, Mr. Bender has been nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards three times. And he continues to develop and produce high-quality films like “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Silence,” as well as “Inglorious Basterds.”
Born in the Bronx, New York, Lawrence Bender has been a producer in Hollywood for over three decades. In his career, he has worked with creative powerhouses like Quentin Tarantino, Matt Damon as well as Ben Affleck. Today, Mr. Bender is considered one of the most creative as well as successful producers in Hollywood.