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Letter of the Day: Quentin Tarantino answers a 13-year-olds fan mail

May. 11, 2011by:

I don't picture Quentin Tarantino as the kind of guy who sits around and answers a lot of fanmail, especially those from 13-year-old girls, but back in 1996, that's precisely what QT was doing. The great website Letters of Note tracked down this letter from Tarantino to Sarah, who had written after seeing FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.


Hi Sarah

Thank you for your very lovley letter. It's the best letter I've gotten all year long. I'm glad you loved "Dusk", it was one of my favrote times making a movie. And I feel my best performance so far. It's cool to hear a girl into horror flicks.

Rock on Sarah!!

Do you know about Itallion horror film maker Mario Bava? He did Blood and Black Lace, Black Sunday and Black Sabbith. He's one of my favrotes. I read your letter to Mira, she loved it too. Write me anytime. I can't wait for you to get your hands on a camera too.

With all my love

(Signed)

P.S. Sarah, since you liked Dusk so much, coming out soon is a movie we did about the making of "Dusk" called "Full Tilt Boogie". It shows how much fun we had. I hope you like it.

What's kind of awesome, beyond Tarantino recommending Mario Bava to a 13-year-old, is that Sarah actually did get her hands on a camera, went to film school and is now an aspiring filmmaker in Austin.

So this begs the question, have you ever written an actor or director fanmail? And if so, did they write back?

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1:27AM on 05/12/2011

mel brooks

The first time I saw Spaceballs, I wrote into Mel asking if I could get one of those talking Yogourt dolls or a Spaceballs coloring book. still waiting...
The first time I saw Spaceballs, I wrote into Mel asking if I could get one of those talking Yogourt dolls or a Spaceballs coloring book. still waiting...
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11:15PM on 05/11/2011
I sent my "Write Environment" DVD to Damon Lindelof, after failing to get him to sign it in Hawaii during LOST's red carpet weekend - he sent it back signed "Josh! Keep writing!", followed by his signature. He's a cool dude.
I sent my "Write Environment" DVD to Damon Lindelof, after failing to get him to sign it in Hawaii during LOST's red carpet weekend - he sent it back signed "Josh! Keep writing!", followed by his signature. He's a cool dude.
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10:34PM on 05/11/2011
For those criticizing his handwriting and spelling, Tarantino suffers from dyslexia.
For those criticizing his handwriting and spelling, Tarantino suffers from dyslexia.
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6:33PM on 05/11/2011
Read the handwritten letter and interpreted it as "Rock on Satan!" before I read the translation and saw what it really was.
Read the handwritten letter and interpreted it as "Rock on Satan!" before I read the translation and saw what it really was.
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5:51PM on 05/11/2011

Wow...

That is some bad handwriting... I bet Sarah had better handwriting that that... yeesh...
That is some bad handwriting... I bet Sarah had better handwriting that that... yeesh...
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5:18PM on 05/11/2011

Why I'm giving this the red box:

I sat here and deciphered Tarentino's chicken scratch for five minutes only to scroll down further and see it had all been translated for me already.
I sat here and deciphered Tarentino's chicken scratch for five minutes only to scroll down further and see it had all been translated for me already.
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5:38PM on 05/11/2011
hahahah, same here. When i scrolled down I was like ".....fuck."
hahahah, same here. When i scrolled down I was like ".....fuck."
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3:05PM on 05/11/2011
I wrote to an actor when I was a kid who was pretty much just starting to be known. It was after his 1st real BIG film. Got a geat response, letter & autographed picture. 21 years later I had a party in my apartment right before I was moving out of town. Some asshole stole it out of it's case. I am still pissed off beyond belief because I know I will never get Harrison Ford's autograph or a letter from him ever again. If I EVER find out who did it I will HUNT THEM DOWN AND KILL THEM IN WAYS
I wrote to an actor when I was a kid who was pretty much just starting to be known. It was after his 1st real BIG film. Got a geat response, letter & autographed picture. 21 years later I had a party in my apartment right before I was moving out of town. Some asshole stole it out of it's case. I am still pissed off beyond belief because I know I will never get Harrison Ford's autograph or a letter from him ever again. If I EVER find out who did it I will HUNT THEM DOWN AND KILL THEM IN WAYS THAT WILL MAKE SAW LOOK TAME!!!

I am still a bit bitter about it.
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2:18PM on 05/11/2011
I never wrote anybody, but back when my sister wanted to be an actress back in the late '90s, she wrote a lot of people, mostly rising actors, and a few crushes. Only one to reply was Rachel Leigh Cook.
I never wrote anybody, but back when my sister wanted to be an actress back in the late '90s, she wrote a lot of people, mostly rising actors, and a few crushes. Only one to reply was Rachel Leigh Cook.
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1:15PM on 05/11/2011

Not just bad handwriting...

He spelled "favourites" as "favrotes".

I question the legitimacy of this letter. I think it was written by the little girl's special-needs cousin.
He spelled "favourites" as "favrotes".

I question the legitimacy of this letter. I think it was written by the little girl's special-needs cousin.
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1:48PM on 05/11/2011
ROFL! And you misspelled 'favorites' as 'favourites'!!!
ROFL! And you misspelled 'favorites' as 'favourites'!!!
2:10PM on 05/11/2011
Guess you dont know people spell things different in other english dialects, Psyonikx.
Guess you dont know people spell things different in other english dialects, Psyonikx.
2:14PM on 05/11/2011
and i misspelled "spaghetti" as "pasketti"!!!
and i misspelled "spaghetti" as "pasketti"!!!
2:15PM on 05/11/2011
Well, technically Psyonikx is right, since Tarantino is American, and we don't include the u in our words.
Well, technically Psyonikx is right, since Tarantino is American, and we don't include the u in our words.
2:32PM on 05/11/2011
Thank you HoyleHaw. And yes, I was aware of the different English spellings, I was just poking some fun. ;p
Thank you HoyleHaw. And yes, I was aware of the different English spellings, I was just poking some fun. ;p
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12:48PM on 05/11/2011
When i first saw the letter I thought "thats pretty bad hand writting for a 13 year old girl"...then i realized its was QT's and it made sense
When i first saw the letter I thought "thats pretty bad hand writting for a 13 year old girl"...then i realized its was QT's and it made sense
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12:46PM on 05/11/2011

bruce

Yeah I wrote to Bruce Campbell back in 7th grade I don't remember what I wrote, but he sent me a signed picture saying "here's for all the trouble, Bruce Campbell" . I was ecstatic when I got it as a 12 year old who loved army of darkness would be.
Yeah I wrote to Bruce Campbell back in 7th grade I don't remember what I wrote, but he sent me a signed picture saying "here's for all the trouble, Bruce Campbell" . I was ecstatic when I got it as a 12 year old who loved army of darkness would be.
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12:38PM on 05/11/2011
Great thing by QT. I wrote to Charlie Sheen once, bastard didn't write me back.
Great thing by QT. I wrote to Charlie Sheen once, bastard didn't write me back.
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12:37PM on 05/11/2011
I'm gonna show this to my family and friends to show a grown up with worse handwriting than me
I'm gonna show this to my family and friends to show a grown up with worse handwriting than me
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12:27PM on 05/11/2011
Class Act.
Class Act.
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11:56AM on 05/11/2011

P.S.

The notebook paper reply is kinda,..off n funny. But the P.S. about "Full Tilt Boogie" is cool. The film is cool to watch , specialy if you are a Dusk fan. It's a good watch gets a touch slow when the film shows what Rodriguez, Quintin and crew had to go through when Hollywood crews went on strike,.. and the pranks played on one another between Juliet Lewis and Clooney are cool, Good film
The notebook paper reply is kinda,..off n funny. But the P.S. about "Full Tilt Boogie" is cool. The film is cool to watch , specialy if you are a Dusk fan. It's a good watch gets a touch slow when the film shows what Rodriguez, Quintin and crew had to go through when Hollywood crews went on strike,.. and the pranks played on one another between Juliet Lewis and Clooney are cool, Good film
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11:47AM on 05/11/2011
I wrote to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen when she was Kelly on Saved by the Bell. Why I got a signed Mario Lopez head shot back, I will never know...
I wrote to Tiffani-Amber Thiessen when she was Kelly on Saved by the Bell. Why I got a signed Mario Lopez head shot back, I will never know...
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12:40PM on 05/11/2011
Wow, there are just all kinds of connotations there.
Wow, there are just all kinds of connotations there.
2:25PM on 05/11/2011
Yeah, but i'm gonna go with Slater was stealing fan mail from the popular chicks and trying to build his own fan base. How else do you explain him still having a job to this day?
Yeah, but i'm gonna go with Slater was stealing fan mail from the popular chicks and trying to build his own fan base. How else do you explain him still having a job to this day?
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11:22AM on 05/11/2011
I'm glad he wrote her, but why does he have the penmanship of an 8 year old? I mean no offense but if I wrote a director at 13 and this is what I got as a response I would forever wonder if he was making fun of either my hand writing or age.
I'm glad he wrote her, but why does he have the penmanship of an 8 year old? I mean no offense but if I wrote a director at 13 and this is what I got as a response I would forever wonder if he was making fun of either my hand writing or age.
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11:18AM on 05/11/2011
Note to 13yo girls: don't write to Roman Polanksi.
Note to 13yo girls: don't write to Roman Polanksi.
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12:40AM on 05/12/2011
Most popular strike-back of all time? Has to be up there!
Most popular strike-back of all time? Has to be up there!
5:18AM on 05/12/2011
Ha ha. I think it might be the girl he drugged and raped with 100+ accounts.
Ha ha. I think it might be the girl he drugged and raped with 100+ accounts.
7:30PM on 05/12/2011
That's the funniest thing I've ever read on Joblo
That's the funniest thing I've ever read on Joblo
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