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Jackie Brown (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  25 December 1997 (USA)
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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

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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?


It was Samuel L. Jackson's idea to give his character the long hair and the braided goatee. See more »


While set in 1995, the song played in the record store is Foxy Brown's "Holy Matrimony (Letters to the Firm)", released in 1996. 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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Very Special Thanks To: Bert D'Angelo's Daughter See more »


References The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) See more »


Midnight Confessions
Written by Lou Josie
Performed by The Grassroots
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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29 October 2004 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of Tarantinos earlier efforts Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction expectations were of course high. Especially since Jackie Brown is based on the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch". And Elmore Leonards stories usually fit the big screen very well, they are actually one of the rare occasions where i usually prefer the film to the novel.

Tarantino sets a different mood here compared to the more frantic and violent Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. This is more of a slow crime story that focuses more on being cool than being shocking. I think this movie works very well despite the slow pace which seems to put a lot of people off. Mainly i think it works because the actors are all giving it their best (the casting is also excellent) while Tarantino seems to handle the whole story more gently than in Pulp Fiction. He doesn't stress it, he doesn't run the risk of over-doing the "cool" parts. The end result is enjoyable but a lot more somber than what you're used to from Tarantino.

All in all i feel this movie is underrated. It's enjoyable, well made and stylish. Recommended to those not demanding all movies to head on at breakneck speed. I rate it 7/10.

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