There are hundreds of producers in Hollywood who can claim to have big budget movies on their resumes. However, there are only a handful of producers that can boost multiple Academy Award nominations not to mention one of the best films of all time under their belt. One of those rare producers, Lawrence Bender, has change the world of cinema thanks to a chance encounter over three decades ago.
It was sometime in 1990 when Lawrence Bender found himself at a friend’s barbecue. At the time, Mr. Bender was no Hollywood big shot. In fact, he only had two production credits to his name. And neither film found their way onto the big screen. However, he was determined to make his mark and he found his chance when Mr. Bender met a fast-talking aspiring director at that summer barbecue. That aspiring filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, would pitch Mr. Bender a story that would rock art house cinema for decades to come.
Two years later, Bender and Tarantino brought “Reservoir Dogs” to the Sundance Film Festival where the movie would become a phenomenon. After a limited release, the two were courted to make their next follow-up. And that film would change everything.
“Pulp Fiction,” Bender and Tarantino’s sophomore effort would go on to gross over $100 million dollars, in the domestic box office, on just an $8 million dollar production budget. This sprawling crime epic featured big-name stars such as John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. The film would also earn Mr. Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
Born in the Bronx, New York, Lawrence Bender has been working in Hollywood for over three decades. In that time, the award-winning producer has helped bring over 50 films onto the big screen. Some of the films produced by Mr. Bender include, “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill Volume One,” “Kill Bill Volume Two,” and “Good Will Hunting.” Today Lawrence Bender is considered one of the most influential producers working in Hollywood today.