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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Brown
... Ordell Robbie
... Max Cherry
... Melanie Ralston
... Ray Nicolette
... Louis Gara
... Mark Dargus
... Beaumont Livingston
... Sheronda
... Winston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
... Simone
... Judge
... Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams ... Cockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)
... 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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25 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rum Punch  »

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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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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, Tarantino's actual reason for changing the main character's name to Jackie Brown from Burke, was due to his fandom of the Peter Yates film, The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), which featured a flamboyant and cocky arms dealer named "Jackie Brown", who's characteristics and behavior were the inspiration for both the book and film versions of Ordell Robbie. The author of Jackie Brown's source material "Rum Punch", Elmore Leonard, was a noted George V. Higgins fan, and claims him as one of his inspirations, Higgins being the author of the book The Friends of Eddie Coyle. See more »

Goofs

When Max pulls into a parking spot at the Mall and the time is shown as 4:04, his front wheels are turned tightly to the left as he stops and shuts off the car. When he returns to his car the front wheels are pointed straight ahead. 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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Grazing in the Grass
(1965)
Written by Philemon Hou, Harry Elston
Performed by Orchestra Harlow
Original Fania recording licensed through Charly Licensing APS
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Solid film, never a dull moment, great characters
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although different than some of Tarantino's more violent precursors, such as "Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction" and "True Romance" this is an excellent film. Where it lacks in violence however, the film makes up for in language earning it an "R" rating in the US. In certain scenes, I thought it Tarantino went to far with the explicit language and it seemed awkward and artificial, but that does not cast a shadow of over what I thought was an otherwise fantastic film. The editing and directing is excellent. There is good character development of the main characters, yet there is not one scene where the movie drags throughout its entire 150 minutes. I couldn't tear myself away from this movie until the very end.

Especially enjoyable is the performance by Robert Forster whose character I thought was outstanding. Max Cherry, played by Forster, is a tempered bail bondsman who cautiously handles his unscrupulous clients. One day he is approached by Ordell Robbie, played by Samuel L. Jackson, to post a bond for Jackie Brown, a middle aged flight attendant for a low cost airline who gets caught smuggling Ordell's fortune in Mexico into the US. The initial meeting between Jackie and Max sets up a relationship between these two characters on both professional and personal level and that changes Max from a methodical and business man to almost an innocent young boy with a crush. The last scene in the movie between these two characters is absolutely brilliant.

I highly recommend this film and it's fun to watch Tarantino mature as a director. The little extras littered throughout the film such as "Chick with Guns", the fabulous locations such as the Cockatoo Inn, and the excellent characters make this film well worth a view.


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