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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)  »

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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

Michael Keaton reprises his role as Ray Nicolette in Out of Sight (1998), also based on a novel by Elmore Leonard. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie is inside the fitting room and Melanie switches Billingsley bags with her, we see Melanie's feet below the bottom of the fitting room door, which does not extend all the way to the floor. Later, when Max goes to retrieve the bag with the $500,000 in it, the fitting room door does extend all the way to the floor. 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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A copyright notice appears under the title at the beginning of the movie--a common practice for low-budget movies in the 1960s and '70s but very uncommon for 1997. See more »

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She Puts Me in the Mood
(1988)
Written by Elvin Bishop
Performed by Elvin Bishop
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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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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