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Jackie Brown (1997)

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A flight attendant becomes a key figure in a plot between the police and an arms dealer.

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Jackie Brown is the name of a flight attendant who gets caught smuggling her boss' gun money on the airline she works for. Luckily for her, the Fed Ray Nicolet and the LA Cop Mark Dargus decide to team up in order to arrest the arms dealer she works for, whose name they don't even know. Here's when she has to choose one way: tell Nicolet and Dargus about Ordell Robbie (the arms dealer) and get her freedom -except that if Ordell suspects you're talking about him, you're dead- or keep her mouth shut and do some time. That's when she meets Max Cherry -her bail bondsman-, a late fifties, recently separated, burnt-out man, who falls in love with her. Then Jackie comes up with a plan to play the Feds off against Ordell and the guys he works with -Louis Gara and Melanie Ralston, among others- and walk off with their money. But she needs Max's help. No one is going to stand in the way of his million dollar payoff... Written by Héctor Barca <sandman@arrakis.es>

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Six players on the trail of a half a million in Cash. There's only one question... Who's playing who? See more »

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

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 2,867,952 (Germany) (17 April 1998)

Gross:

DEM 9,169,811 (Germany) (22 May 1998)
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Quentin Tarantino:  [long takes]  When Jackie leaves the dressing room after making the switch and when Louis and Ordell are at the bar. See more »

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When Sharonda is talking to Jackie in the mall, Jackie's hand enters frame to put out her cigarette. When the camera cuts back to Jackie, she still has it. See more »

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[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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Very Special Thanks To: Bert D'Angelo's Daughter See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Inside My Love
(1979)
Written by Minnie Riperton, Dick Rudolph, Leon Ware
Performed by Minnie Riperton
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Tarantino's sleeper. An underrated gem of a movie.
24 October 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Many people were disappointed with 'Jackie Brown' when it was first released as it didn't live up to their expectations created by the more flamboyant 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction'. I admit that I was one of those disappointed fans. But as the years have gone by I have come to appreciate this movie more and more, and if you deal with what it IS and not what you thought it was going to be, you'll see that it is an underrated gem of a movie. 'Jackie Brown' is much more character driven and leisurely plotted than Tarantino's previous two movies. I haven't read the Elmore Leonard novel on which it was based so I can't tell whether this was a conscious decision by Tarantino himself, or it's because of the source material, but it might be a stumbling block for those with MTV-style attention spans. 1970s crime movie buffs will find it much easier going. The big names in the cast like De Niro, Jackson and Fonda are all very good, but the real standout performances in this movie are by 70s blaxploitation icon Pam Grier ('Coffy', 'Foxy Brown', 'Black Mama White Mama',etc.etc.) and a revelatory one from Robert Forster. Forster back in the day showed plenty of promise in movies like 'Medium Cool' but quickly found himself stuck in b-grade exploitation movies like 'Vigilante' and 'Alligator'. Fun stuff, but hardly Oscar material. Max Cherry is the best role he has ever been given, and he is superb in it. The fascinating thing about 'Jackie Brown' for me is that Tarantino's critics accuse him of making shallow and violent self-consciously hip crime films, but the central story of this movie concerns an inter-racial Middle Aged romance, something I haven't seen done in a believable or realistic fashion by Hollywood before. By doing this so well Tarantino shows he has much more depth, and is a much more interesting and braver film maker than his more acclaimed contemporaries. 'Jackie Brown' is a fine movie that hopefully one day will get the kudos it deserves. Don't overlook this one just because it isn't 'Pulp Fiction The Next Generation'!


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