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Jackie Brown (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  25 December 1997 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.5/10 from 221,906 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 447 user | 133 critic | 23 from Metacritic.com

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams ...
Cockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)


The middle age stewardess Jackie Brown smuggles money from Mexico to Los Angeles for the arms dealer Ordell Robbie. When she gets caught by the agents Ray Nicolette and Mark Dargus with ten thousand dollars and cocaine in her purse, they propose a deal to her to help them to arrest Ordell in exchange of her freedom. Meanwhile Ordell asks the fifty-six year-old Max Cherry, who runs a bail bond business, to release Jackie Brown with the intention of eliminating her. Jackie suspects of Ordell's intention and plots a complicate confidence game with Max to steal half a million dollar from Ordell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


LOOK OUT! caught between the Feds and a cold blooded killer. With half a million dollars up for grabs. No one knows how it's going down. Except for maybe JACKIE BROWN See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some violence, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rum Punch  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,292,248 (USA) (26 December 1997)


DEM 9,169,811 (Germany) (22 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character played by Bridget Fonda, Melanie Ralston, is based on an actual actress, Candice Rialson. See more »


Ordell's cellular phone (Motorola StarTac) was not available until 1997. See more »


[first lines]
Girl at Security Gate: Flight 710 to Cabo San Lucas, now boarding Gate 103, first class only. Flight 710, Cabo San Lucas, now boarding Gate 103. First class only.
Jackie Brown: [greeting passengers] Buenos dias. Welcome aboard. Welcome aboard.
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Crazy Credits

The menu/function/default voice (example: 'you have no new messages') on the telephone answering machine in Jackie Brown's bedroom is Quentin's. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Mad Dog (Feroce)
Written by Umberto Smaila (as Umberto Smailia)
Performed by Umberto Smaila (as Umberto Smailia)
Courtesy of Nazional Music Via S. Sofia 12 20012 Milano Italia
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User Reviews

Tarantino grows up
10 January 2005 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Quentin Tarantino follow up to the hysterical response generated by his suitably hysterical first two movies was 'Jackie Brown', an altogether more restrained film that garnered a somewhat more restrained set of reviews. Perhaps the relative lack of impact made by this film explains his subsequent return to extremes with 'Kill Bill'. But in some ways this is a shame, as there's a lot to enjoy in 'Jackie Brown', particularly in the universally first rate performances the director manages to get out of his distinguished cast. Robert Forster is wise and weary as a middle-aged bail bondsman, Samuel L. Jackson plays a criminal with all of the menace and none of the charm of his character in 'Pulp Fiction', while Bridget Fonda and a (cast against type) Robert de Niro are entertaining as a pair of useless crack-heads. Best of all is former blaxploitation star Pam Grier in the title role, combining human warmth and coolness under fire with considerable charm. The generic Ellmore Leanard plot is ultimately not quite as clever as it promises to be, and as as ever with Tarantino, both tone and taste are sometimes questionable: the early sequence 'Women Who Love Guns' is very funny, but it's quite unclear whether it's intended as satire or celebration. Nonetheless, once one adds in a typically splendid soundtrack, everything adds up to a movie far above the average crime thriller, and for all the breathtaking invention of his other movies, it's enough to make one wish that Tarantino didn't usually feel the need to try so very hard.

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