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The curiosity of Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown is Robert Forster's worldly wise bail bondsman Max Cherry, the most alive character in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Rum Punch. The Academy Awards saw it the same way, giving Forster the film's only nomination. The film is more "rum" than "punch" and will certainly disappoint those who are looking for Tarantino's trademark style. This movie is a slow, decaffeinated story of six characters glued to a half million dollars brought illegally into the country. The money belongs to Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson), a gunrunner just bright enough to control his universe and do his own dirty work. His just-paroled friend--a loose term with Ordell--Louis (Robert De Niro) is just taking up space and could be interested in the money. However, his loyalties are in question between his old partner and Ordell's doped-up girl (Bridget Fonda). Certainly Fed Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) wants to arrest Ordell with the illegal money. The key is the title character, a late-40s-ish flight attendant (Pam Grier) who can pull her own weight and soon has both sides believing she's working for them. The end result is rarely in doubt, and what is left is two hours of Tarantino's expert dialogue as he moves his characters around town.

Tarantino changed the race of Jackie and Ordell, a move that means little except that it allows Tarantino to heap on black culture and language, something he has a gift and passion for. He said this film is for an older audience although the language and drug use may put them off. The film is not a salute to Grier's blaxploitation films beyond the musical score. Unexpectedly the most fascinating scenes are between Grier and Forster: two neo-stars glowing in the limelight of their first major Hollywood film after decades of work. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Pam GrierJackie Brown
Samuel L. JacksonOrdell Robbie
Robert ForsterMax Cherry
Bridget FondaMelanie Ralston
Michael KeatonRay Nicolette
Robert De NiroLouis Gara
Michael BowenMark Dargus
Chris TuckerBeaumont Livingston
Lisa Gay HamiltonSheronda
Tommy 'Tiny' ListerWinston (as Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Hattie WinstonSimone
Sid HaigJudge
Aimee GrahamAmy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis WilliamsCockatoo Bartender (as Ellis E. Williams)
Tangie AmbroseBillingsley Sales Girl #2
T'Keyah Crystal KeymáhRaynelle - Ordell's Junkie Friend (as T'Keyah Crystal Keymah)
Venessia ValentinoCabo Flight Attendant
Diana UribeAnita Lopez
Renee KellyCocktail Waitress
Elizabeth MIcInerneyBartender at Sam's
Colleen MayneGirl at Security Gate
Laura LovelaceSteakhouse Waitress
Christine LydonTec-9 Sidney - Chicks Who Love Guns (as Christine Lydon M.D.)
Julia ErvinSteyr AUG Cindy - Chicks Who Love Guns
Juliet LongAK-47 Gloria - Chicks Who Love Guns
Michelle BerubeBaretta 12S Brittany - Chicks Who Love Guns
Gillian Iliana WatersMossberg 500 Tammy Jo - Chicks Who Love Guns (as Gillian Iliana-Waters)
Candice BrieseThe Deputy
Gary MannThe Deputy
Jeffrey DeedrickThe Sheriff
Roy NesvoldThe Sheriff
Herbert Hans WilmsenThe Sheriff
Denise CrosbyPublic Defender (uncredited)
Glendon RichRestaurant Regular (uncredited)
Mary Ann SchimidtFlight Attendant (uncredited)
Quentin TarantinoAnswering Machine Voice (voice) (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Theme(s): Mob/Organized Crime, Police/S.W.A.T.
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 154 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 25, 1997
    EuropeMar 20, 1998
    JapanApr 25, 1998
    AustraliaMar 5, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 4, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 20, 2002
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