Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster


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Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis Gara (Robert De Niro),…  See more details below


Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie (Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), just released from prison after serving four years for armed robbery. ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and cop Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) bust stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), who was smuggling money into the country for Ordell. Ordell springs Jackie, but when middle-aged bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster) picks her up at the jail, he's attracted to her, and they choose a romantic route with detours. Mistrust and suspicions surface after Jackie pits Ordell and the cops against each other, convincing Ordell that she's going to double-cross the cops. Tarantino commented on the film's budget: "Jackie Brown only cost $12 million. You can't lose. You absolutely, positively can't lose. And you don't have to compromise."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Quentin Tarantino's unique brand of hip black comedy and deadpan violence works like a charm in Jackie Brown, the follow-up to his seminal Pulp Fiction. Based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty), this slick, easygoing caper film stars Pam Grier as an airline stewardess who becomes involved with a bail bondsman (Robert Forster) after she’s busted smuggling money for gunrunner Samuel L. Jackson. Tarantino gets everything right here: Grier (of Foxy Brown fame) is perfectly cast as the smart, strong, sexy -- and refreshingly middle-aged -- heroine, and Tarantino punches up her pedigree with a funk-heavy soundtrack designed to evoke classic ‘70s blaxpoitation films. Meanwhile, the combination of Tarantino and Leonard (the godfather of cool crime fiction) is a match made in heaven: The dialogue snaps, crackles, and pops. But the film's surprise is TV and B-movie veteran Forster, whose Oscar-nominated performance evokes the straight-shooting, rock-solid decency of a bygone era and helps make his nascent screen romance with Grier one of the most appealing you'll ever see. Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, and Michael Keaton round out the film's killer cast. Tarantino's style has been endlessly -- and often badly -- imitated, but Jackie Brown proves there’s nothing like the real thing. The two-DVD set includes a making-of documentary, an interview with Tarantino, deleted and alternate scenes, and the complete "Chicks with Guns" video.
All Movie Guide
Director Quentin Tarantino's first full-length feature after 1994's phenomenally successful Pulp Fiction is every bit in the same class as his previous two films, and cements his status as a director of genuine style, intelligence and, in this case, warmth. A more subdued, character-driven affair than Fiction, the film was criticized by some for its generous length, but the superlative cast keeps things afloat. The director's knack for unearthing neglected performers continues: Jackie Brown resurrects Pam Grier, veteran of such venerable blaxsploitation films as Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974), as well as TV staple Robert Forster, who would receive an Academy Award nomination for his work. Tarantino affirms his talents as a scenarist as well, turning in a sparkling update of Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch.
USA Today
Adapted from Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch, Tarantino's first feature since Pulp Fiction gets boosts from the filmmaker's typically attitude-laden dialogue and plot twists to equal anything in Get Shorty. Mike Clark

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Miramax Lionsgate
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Quentin Tarantino Introductions; "Jackie Brown: How It Went Down" Documentary; ; "A Look Back At Jackie Brown" Interview with Quentin Tarantino; ; Chicks With Guns Video; Deleted and Alternate Scenes; Siskel & Ebert "At The Movies" Jackie Brown Review; Jackie Brown On MTV; Pam Grier Movie Trailers; Robert Forster Movie Trailers; ; Pam Grier Movie Radio Spots; Jackie Brown Theatrical Trailers; TV Spots; Still Galleries; Reviews & Articles; Filmographies; Enhanced Playback Track - DVD-ROM Feature; Triva Game - DVD-ROM Feature; ; Screenplay Viewer - DVD-ROM Feature

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pam Grier Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster Max Cherry
Bridget Fonda Melanie
Michael Keaton Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro Louis Gara
Michael Bowen Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker Beaumont Livingston
Lisa Gay Hamilton Sheronda
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Winston
Hattie Winston Simone
Aimee Graham Amy (Billingsley Sales Girl)
Sid Haig Judge
Denise Crosby Attorney
Quentin Tarantino Voice on Answering Machine

Technical Credits
Quentin Tarantino Director
Lawrence Bender Producer
Dan Bradford Art Director
Mariko Braswell Set Decoration/Design
Jaki Brown Casting
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Richard N. Gladstein Executive Producer
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hellerman Co-producer
Elmore Leonard Executive Producer
Sally Menke Editor
Robyn Mitchell Casting
Guillermo Navarro Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jackie Brown: The Film
1. Across 110th Street Performed by Bobby Womack [3:52]
2. Strawberry Letter 23 Performed by The Brothers Johnson [3:52]
3. Exotic Dance [:44]
4. Long Time Woman Performed By Pam Grier [:44]
5. Natural High Performed By Bloodstone [5:53]
6. Tennessee Stud Performed By Johnny Cash [10:30]
7. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) Performed By The Delfonics [2:32]
8. (Holy Matrimony) Letter from The Firm Performed By Foxy Brown [3:54]
9. Inside My Love Performed By Minnie Riperton [:02]
10. Who Is He (And What Is He To You?) Performed By Bill Withers [6:05]
11. Aragon [2:03]
12. Street Life Performed By Randy Crawford [4:02]
13. Midnight Confessions Performed By The Grass Roots [:25]
14. Escape [5:42]
15. Vitroni's Theme-King Is Dead [:06]
16. Grazing In The Grass [7:31]
17. The Lions And The Cucumber Performed By The Vampire Sound Inc [2:11]
18. Monte Carlo Nights Performed By Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods [4:38]
1. Opening Title Sequence [3:52]
2. "Absolutely, Positively Got To Kill Every Mother @#&$!% In The Room..." [3:52]
3. Beaumont And His Benefactor [:44]
4. "For Your Eyes Only" [:44]
5. Putting The Finger On Jackie Brown [5:53]
6. "I Didn't Hear You Wash Your Hands" [10:30]
7. Natural High [2:32]
8. Click [3:54]
9. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) [:02]
10. "She Wants To Make A Deal" [6:05]
11. "You Getting High Already?" [2:03]
12. "Two Minutes From The Crib; Ten Minutes From The Gig" [4:02]
13. "She's My Fine Little Surfer Gal" [:25]
14. "Half A Million Dollars Will Always Be Missed" [5:42]
15. Sheronda [:06]
16. Red Dress [7:31]
17. Money Exchange: Jackie [2:11]
18. Money Exchange: Louis And Melanie [4:38]
19. Money Exchange: Max [1:53]
20. Ordell Kills Louis [6:24]
21. Nicolette's Interrogation [:31]
22. "This Is Some Repugnant #*%@!" [:07]
23. "I Didn't Know You Like The Delfonics" [3:53]
24. The Kiss [1:48]
25. End Credits [3:56]

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Jackie Brown 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
dygunraider More than 1 year ago
Tarantino is a pretty weird director. His tastes seem to vary with each of his films. Though a few things like referencing millions of other films, lots of colorful dialogue, and sudden "out of nowhere" brutal violence might just be the invisible thread. If you watch a lot of older movies you'll notice that they focused the most on the dialogue and acting violence if ever resorted to was either a dull mandatory thing( so and so's parents get killed at the beginning) or something very sudden at the film's climax. Thus you'll find a lot of older movies that are considered action packed have Two or Three "Action" sequences in them. This is not to call "Jackie Brown" an older movie as that would be frakking ridicolous the point here is that in its structure Jackie Brown resembles a lot of older films, not so much action, but big on character development and overall making a lively viewing experience. I think what I enjoy about it is just how colorful and real the characters seem, Ordell the tough Gun Runner well portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson seems really like a tough Gun Runner! The title character Jackie Brown also expertly portrayed by Pam Grier seems to be just what she is, a clever, clever, lady. Even the supporting cast does a great job. As a whole "Jackie Brown" will put you in suspense, intrigue, and if your like me make you laugh out loud at least a couple times. So if you've got two and a half hours and dont mind movies where people aren't getting shot or having car crashes all the time, I highly recommend "Jackie Brown"
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Take 45 minutes off this film and it's an instant classic. Instead its long in the tooth and Michael Keaton as a sock & sandal wearing BATF agent is moronic. That's the bad. The good purely overshadows it. And there plenty of good: First rate work by Samuel Jackson, Pam Grier and veteran extrodinere Robert Forster in a comeback role every actor over 55 would die for. One of the better adaptations of Elmore Leonard's work. Quentin probably wishes he could have got Bobby Womack to do the soundtrack. Maybe next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent movie I thouroughly enjoyed every minute! Yes, it is long and has some slow moments but Robert DeNiro is excellent as the ex-con, pot-head, down for whatever side-kick, and I've never seen Pam Grier any better than she is in this role. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackie Brown is an amazing comedy with a story that is just perfect. The acting gracefully given from Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson is spectacular. Though it isn't filled with rediculous violence, it is still classic Quentin. Tarantino is a genius by making this a film of his own yet still keeping the original story from Elmore Leonard. Jackie Brown is a great motion picture and shouldn't be missed by anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another Tarantino at his best. The way that Pam made the plan to get the money was very clever. This had great acting and great scam that gets pulled off. Its an instant classic. It doesnt has as much violence as reservior dogs,pulp fiction,Kill Bill.Those of you that dont like tarantino i think you will like it so BUY IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is wonderful. i love how its origional and how quentin tarantino masters showing situations in every characters point-of-view. it gives you more feel for the characters and more feel for the movie. i really enjoyed it. i can't read the book rum punch (what the movie is based off of).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tarantino did a great job with Jackie Brown. This is one of those films which is strange but yet captivating. You’ll definitely feel as though you are watching a "Blaxploitation" flick from the 1970's. Almost to the point that you’ll be wondering what corner Richard Roundtree was hiding behind. Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton and De Niro are all stellar as the extreme characters they play in this movie which focuses on lost drug money. Tarantino slows down a little and shows his skill at plotting an entertaining tale that doesn't tax your patience. In here, you do get less blood and more characterizations than usual and is unlike either of his first 2 movies. However, this movie is uniquely Quentin T. and exhibits his versatile film making style. when he directs he allows his imagination free rein to experiment and explore. Each of his directorial efforts has been unique, and “Jackie Brown” is another successful experiment. This movie does have a very good dialogue. Not surprising considering this WAS an Elmore Leonard book with Tarantino doing the scripting. Both men have quite a talent for what they do. It is also clear that Tarantino loves what he does, sometimes a little too much. At the end of this, Tarantino’s reprisal of the 70’s blaxploitation genre with its adventures and bizarre paths taken by these characters converge into a great film. mix with action, suspense, and romance tied into a great film. Highly recommended along with it’s soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Tarantino fan and I think this is his best film to date, for all of the reasons already covered here in the other reviews... check it out if you haven't seen it yet. This might just be my favorite movie of all time.
kaharabu More than 1 year ago
Not since the 1970s has Pam Grier looked and acted better. When Samuel L. Jackson is under the direction of Quentin T. he's funny, smart and crisp. So far, I haven't seen a Quentin movie I haven't liked.
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Although it is frequently critisized by people I know for being too slow, Jackie Brown is a highly entertaining crime thriller. Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert DeNiro are all in top form. Surprises abound and the dialogue by Tarantino is it's usual hilarious and highly entertaining self. Get this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Leonard's and I think Tarantino is the best movie maker alive today so I was excited when I first heard about this film being made. To say I wasn't disappointed is an understatement - Great characters, great dialogue and a wonderfully convoluted plot that works far better than it should. Stop depriving the world of your genius Quentin and make something else, your audience awaits.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis movie is great. I have seen all the Quentin Tarentino movies and this one ranks up there with the best. This is a good movie, I can't wait until it comes out on DVD.