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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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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:

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

Gross USA:

$39,673,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,673,162
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the first time that Quentin Tarantino hasn't had a cameo, if you don't count his answering machine greeting on Jackie Brown's (Pam Grier's) telephone, in one of the films he's written and directed. Tarantino had roles in Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Additionally, unlike the aforementioned films, this film has no prologue before the opening credits. See more »

Goofs

The photo of Melanie in Japan shows her wearing a qipao, which is a traditional Chinese dress, not Japanese. 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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Very Special Thanks To: Bert D'Angelo's Daughter 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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References The American President (1995) See more »

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Vittrone's Theme - King Is Dead
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Performed by Roy Ayers
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By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music
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Tarantino sees off the backlash
8 April 2000 | by Paranoid_AndroidSee all my reviews

Quentin Tarantino is clearly finding it difficult to follow the phenomenal success of "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction", which made him the hottest writer-director of his generation. In the six years since then this is the only time that he has returned to the directors chair. "Jackie Brown" - his "difficult third film" - seems to be his response to criticism of his first two films that he could only make movies about other movies, but not real life. He cleverly anticipates the backlash by adapting a tightly plotted, character driven Elmore Leonard novel, still set in his familiar world of LA low-lives, but keeping to a minimum his trademark comic-book violence and pop-culture references, while emphasising the novels more mature themes - such as ageing and the feeling of time running out for the middle-aged characters. The result is a slick, interesting, if slightly draggy thriller, which ultimately lacks the freshness and audaciousness of those earlier films.

Tarantino still has his maverick streak though, as displayed in his trusting of Pam Grier to carry the entire movie. The casting of a middle-aged black actress with no box-office clout in the lead role can't have been easy in an industry notorious for it's scant regard for actresses after they reach 30. You can bet that the studios would have at least insisted on the safety of a Sharon Stone or a Demi Moore. But Tarantino, as he did when casting Travolta, stuck to his gut-instinct, and once again it proved an inspired choice. Grier, bringing with her the memories of her 70's blackploitation movies, gives a convincingly tough, wise and sympathetic performance.

Actors love to work with Tarantino because the roles he gives them will be invariably jucier than usual. That is once again the case here, although the casting isn't quite as inspired as it was in "Dogs" or "Pulp" (or "True Romance"). Samuel L. Jackson is reliably good - if hardly stretched - as an unscrupulous hustler who is not as smart as he thinks he is, and Bridget Fonda has fun as his conniving beach babe girlfriend. Robert Forster jumps at the chance to play a role with depth after years in made-for-tv hell. Robert De Niro though, despite providing some amusing moments, is disappointingly wasted as Jackson's dim-witted partner.

At times this feels like just another thriller, but every now and then Tarantino reminds you what all the fuss was about. Jackson's brutal (off-screen) dispatching of Chris Tucker in the boot of a car, as the camera slowly cranes up into the sky, is masterfully conceived and a scene, which is subtly built up to, involving a teasing Fonda and a p*****-off De Niro is as unexpected and as shocking as anything Tarantino has done before. By refusing to make a Pulp Fiction 2, Tarantino may have missed out on some easy money, but this film has enough to suggest that he will be more than just a flash in the pan.


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