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Jackie Brown (1997)

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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 life.

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Writers:

Quentin Tarantino (written for the screen by), Elmore Leonard (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Grier ... Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson ... Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster ... Max Cherry
Bridget Fonda ... Melanie Ralston
Michael Keaton ... Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro ... Louis Gara
Michael Bowen ... Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker ... Beaumont Livingston
LisaGay Hamilton ... Sheronda
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hattie Winston ... Simone
Sid Haig ... Judge
Aimee Graham ... Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams Ellis Williams ... Cockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)
Tangie Ambrose ... Billingsley Sales Girl #2
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Storyline

The middle-aged stewardess Jackie Brown smuggles money from Mexico to Los Angeles for the arms dealer Ordell Robbie. When she gets caught by the agents Ray Nicolet 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 56-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 complicated confidence game with Max to steal half a million dollars from Ordell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

This Christmas, Santa's Got A Brand New Bag See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rum Punch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,292,248, 28 December 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,673,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,727,492
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (trunk): The scene where Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to convince Beaumont (Chris Tucker) to get in the trunk of the car, is shot entirely from a camera in the trunk looking up at them. See more »

Goofs

When Max meets Ordell at Sheronda's place Ordell points a 1911 .45 caliber pistol at Max. Throughout that scene the gun is not cocked. The hammer is lowered making it unready to fire. A 1911 type pistol must be either manually cocked or the slide must be racked before it can be fired. A weapons dealer like Ordell should have known this. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The following deleted scenes are included on the DVD:
  • Extended scene with Jackie/Sheronda in the mall's food court.
  • Extended scene with Jackie and Ray in the diner.
  • A scene where Louis and Ordell walk into the Cockatoo.
  • A scene where Jackie is discussing with Max how to set up Ordell.
  • An alternate "for your eyes only" scene.
  • Alternate opening credits sequence.
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Connections

Referenced in Neighbors (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Undun
(1969)
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by The Guess Who
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Wtg Q...
19 July 2005 | by fsalveminiSee all my reviews

When I first heard the name of Q's next movie, Jackie Brown, I figured this would be a remake of a 70's Pam Grier blaxploitation flick (i.e- Foxy Brown). I quickly learned that this was actually an ode to the legendary Pam Grier! Loaded with possibly the best and deepest cast since True Romance, and very similar in many ways, this movie delivers on all levels. Like T.R., a combination of road trip movie (this time airborne), gangsters, comedy, druggy/pimp story, and love story molds itself into a great story. A fantastic revival for Robert Forster- who'd never been awarded the shot he deserved, as Max Cherry, our star and hero of this film. Robert's been historically type cast as a gumshoe cop in numerous roles- Mulholland Drive, South Beach, Rear Window, Me, Myself Irene, but really breaks out in this opportunity to portray a character with actual personality,integrity, wit, and passions. Hail to Robert! Fantastic deliveries from Michael Keaton who revives the Ray Nicolette character seen in Out of Sight, Bridget Fonda's transformation as the stoner surfer girl, DeNiro as the shifty ex-con, Samuel J as the untrustworthy Ordell, and most impressively the one scene delivery of Chris Tucker- with the famous improvised line 'You sneak up on a Nigga with this sh#t!'... The screen translation of Elmore Leonard's Florida based Rum Punch is very interesting- from the blonde bimboish Jackie Burke, to the sexy 40ish black Jackie Brown, worked very nicely. Q hits another home run, as expected!


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