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The 50 Most Hard-To-Watch Scenes in Movie History

28. Needle to the Heart

Film: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

At first, the scenes with Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) in Pulp Fiction are cool and sexy. They drop by at 1950s-themed diner called Jack Rabbit Slim's, where she orders a $5 milkshake, describes her days acting as a secret agent in a TV pilot called Fox Force Five, and they do the twist together.

But things take a hard left after Mia discovers heroin in Vincent's jacket pocket back at her pad. After snorting the heroin, confusing it for cocaine, she ODs. To revive her, Vincent has to inject a shot of adrenaline straight to her heart. Tension in the scene comes from knowing Vincent's never done this before, that Mia's life is on the line, and that the needle has to penetrate her breast plate.

After some intense build-up, Vincent does the deed, but we're not sure who gasps louder: Mia or the audience. —JR

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