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Pulp Fiction - "Body Without a Head"... Melvin! Read This
In the scene where Vincent shoots Melvin in the head- When they call the 'Wolf' (Harvey Keitel) he's writing down notes on his paper. He writes down that Melvin is a body with 'no head'. Later it shows them closing the trunk of the car and we can briefly see Melvin. His head is there and it looks like he just has a slit throat.
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Smiley Guy writes:
True, in the original script (which I have a copy of) Marvin gets shot in the throat then in the head (to ease his pain). But to the matter at hand, when a bullet enters an object, in this case a head, the point of insertion is very small, the exit wound can depend on the type of bullet. Now, seeing as the bullet did not destroy the back window (and it should have) the bullet was presumably a dum-dum or hollow point and with the mess that was made we can assume he has his face, but no back of his head, ergo no "head".
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mynamespaul writes:
Hmmm...talk about nitpicky. You don't even have the guy's name right. That poor soul whose head exploded was named "Marvin," not Melvin. And I'm quite certain Tarantino didn't mean a bullet decapitated him.
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charly writes:
I don't know about the script changing. But even if it didn't, "one body/no head", that's funny. "one body/shot in the throat" would hardly be funny.
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The Paranoiac Critical writes:
This MAY be because originally they were going to have the gun go off and shoot Marvin in the throat and still be alive and then they shoot him in the head to put him out of his pain. If they filmed the trunk scene BEFORE the car scene (before they changed the shooting), that may explain it. I don't know where I heard about the plan change, but I did!
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