Quentin Tarantino Says He Vowed Never To Give His Mom A Penny Of His Film Director Fortune

By maks in Showbiz On 30th March 2024

The only exception he made was when she faced troubles with the IRS.

Tarantino, celebrated for directing blockbuster hits like Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, has made a notable admission.

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Despite his considerable success, he has not provided any financial help to his mother.

This decision traces back to a vow he made in his youth, primarily due to her lack of support for his aspirations.

In a conversation on The Moment podcast with host Brian Koppelman, Tarantino reminisced about a moment in his childhood. 

He recounted an instance where his mother sided with his teachers, who criticized his screenplay writing during school hours, labeling it a "defiant act of rebellion."

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Tarantino shared, "After getting in trouble, she was bitching at me about that… and then in the middle of her little tirade, she said,"

"‘Oh, and by the way, this little ‘writing career,’ with the finger quotes and everything."

"This little ‘writing career’ that you’re doing? That s*** is over."


That moment had a profound impact on Tarantino, who then resolved:

"When she said that to me in that sarcastic way, I go, ‘OK, lady, when I become a successful writer, you will never see one penny from my success. 

"There will be no house for you. There’s no vacation for you, no Elvis Cadillac for mommy. You get nothing. Because you said that.’"

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Upon being asked if he has maintained this stance, Tarantino, now 61, acknowledged he had indeed upheld his promise, albeit with one exception.

"Yeah. I helped her out with a jam with the IRS," he revealed. 

However, he reaffirmed, "But no house. No Cadillac, no house."

He concluded with a stern reminder, "There are consequences for your words as you deal with your children."

"Remember there are consequences for your sarcastic tone about what’s meaningful to them."