1997   USA Jackie Brown
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Director:Quentin Tarantino
Studio:Miramax Films
Writer:Elmore Leonard, Quentin Tarantino
IMDb Rating:7.6 (98,786 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations
Duration:154 min
Quentin Tarantino  ...  (Director)
Elmore Leonard, Quentin Tarantino  ...  (Writer)
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
Lisa Gay Hamilton  ...  Sheronda
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister  ...  Winston
Hattie Winston  ...  Simone
Sid Haig  ...  Judge
Aimee Graham  ...  Amy - Billingsley Sales Girl
Ellis Williams  ...  Cockatoo Bartender
Tangie Ambrose  ...  Billingsley Sales Girl #2
Guillermo Navarro  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: After seeing Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, this film takes on a new ... something. The context is different. It's not a "what will this guy do next" watch. It's not a costume drama or a period piece. Like OUTH it's about basically everyday people in an everyday context --grading on a curve, of course. I'm able to enjoy such characters in a way I appreciate more. I think QT is too. Again, after OUTH, I looked at this and saw what QT was getting out of his actors. Pam Grier has got to be one of QT's best characters ever. Not to diminish what she brought to the table. As much as this is a story moving through time it's very much more about people moving through time.

I'm not sure what to make of the fact, after someone reminded me of it, that it's his only flick he didn't write. In 2019 some of SLJ's lines seem a little icky and stood out as QT indulgence writing. I don't think Elmore Leonard wrote those lines, but I dunno.

QT has shown he knows how to spin a yarn pretty well, but I had forgotten what an absolutely marvelous caper flick this is. Is that Leonard's doing? It's another one I put on close to midnight, didn't expect to finish, and couldn't put it down --and I'd seen it before! Hilarious to me that I was still momentarily fooled by the Melanie bag switch scene. I thought, for a brief moment, that it wasn't Melanie outside the dressing room door and everything was going to take a different turn. The way it was shot, I guess. Now that I think about it, I wonder if that was QT's intention.

Speaking of that scene, which we end up seeing 3 times (right?). QT deploys the replay-from-a-different-perspective device. I didn't roll my eyes but I think I did sigh. He uses it a couple few times and I don't think it added payoff.

Circling back to praise the performances. Forster, De Niro, Fonda, as QT outsiders, are wonderful. Everybody is cream of the crop except the cops, and especially except Keaton. Any actor who has to chew gum to complete his character development is a bad actor.

I wonder why my friend Zack Mosley hasn't reviewed this film. He must not like it

ps - why is everyone re-watching Star Wars flicks these days? Is that a christmas tradition? I've never seen a single one of them

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Summary: Jackie Brown is the name of a flight attendant who gets caught smuggling her boss' gun money on the airline she works for. Luckily for her, the Fed Ray Nicolet and the LA Cop Mark Dargus decide to team up in order to arrest the arms dealer she works for, whose name they don't even know. Here's when she has to choose one way: tell Nicolet and Dargus about Ordell Robbie (the arms dealer) and get her freedom -except that if Ordell suspects you're talking about him, you're dead- or keep her mouth shut and do some time. That's when she meets Max Cherry -her bail bondsman-, a late fifties, recently separated, burnt-out man, who falls in love with her. Then Jackie comes up with a plan to play the Feds off against Ordell and the guys he works with -Louis Gara and Melanie Ralston, among others- and walk off with their money. But she needs Max's help. No one is going to stand in the way of his million dollar payoff...

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