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Jackie Brown (1997)



Critic Consensus: Although somewhat lackadaisical in pace, Jackie Brown proves to be an effective star-vehicle for Pam Grier while offering the usual Tarantino wit and charm.

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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), 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." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Pam Grier
as Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson
as Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster
as Max Cherry
Michael Keaton
as Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro
as Louis Gara
Michael Bowen
as Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker
as Beaumont Livingston
Sid Haig
as Judge
Denise Crosby
as Public Defender
Ellis Williams
as Cockatoo Bartender
Laura Lovelace
as Steakhouse Waitress
Tangie Ambrose
as Billingsley Sales Girl No. 2
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
as Raynelle/Ordell's Junkie Friend
Venessia Valentino
as Cabo Flight Attendant
Diana Uribe
as Anita Lopez
Renee Kelly
as Cocktail Waitress
Elizabeth McInerney
as Bartender at Sam's
Colleen Mayne
as Girl at Security Gate
Christine Lydon
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Julia Ervin
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Juliet Lon
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Michelle Berube
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Gillian Iliana Waters
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Gary Mann
as Deputy
Roy Nesvold
as Sheriff
Quentin Tarantino
as Voice on Answering Machine
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Critic Reviews for Jackie Brown

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (24)

A twisty comedy of betrayal and greed.

February 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Surprisingly, Tarantino displays less confidence assembling it than he did in the earlier film. At more than two hours, it's simply too long, or at least it seems so.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

'Jackie Brown' may be the only Quentin Tarantino movie that gets noticeably better with each viewing.

January 1, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Pam Grier is at her best recapturing the type of role that made her a bonafide star in '70s blaxploitation movies like Foxy Brown...

September 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The tale is filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness.

March 13, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Quentin Tarantino puts together a fairly intricate and relatively uninvolving money-smuggling plot, but his cast is so good that you probably won't feel cheated.

March 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jackie Brown


Not Tarantino's best work but still an enjoyable homage to blaxploitation with a welcome comeback by Pam Grier - and although this solid crime movie has charm and style, it is also a bit overlong and could have had a few scenes left out in post-production.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Tarantino's best character piece.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


Aging flight attendant Pam Grier is caught between the police and ruthless gun runner Samuel L. Jackson and enlists the help of bail bondsman Robert Forster to scam half a million dollars in the process. Jackie Brown was met with a level of disappointment when it was released; yes it had the cool ensemble cast, excellent retro soundtrack and prolific use of the "N" word, but where were the violence, idiosyncratic characters and quirky comic dialogue we were all expecting? But the fact is, Jackie Brown is by far the most mature film Tarantino has made so far. The dialogue is more naturalistic, the characters believable and well written, and the statuesque queen of blaxploitation, Pam Grier proves that the years have in no way diminished her charisma and sex appeal. She gives a sensitive, layered performance of a woman who is full of confidence on the surface, masking an underlying fear of a wasted life; her relationship with Forster is full of warmth and sincerity rather than the contrived romantic bullshit you find in most Hollywood thrillers. Jackson is also fantastic as the cold as ice killer and they spark off each other brilliantly. This film is easily Tarantino's most low key and mainstream, but this most definitely is not a bad thing and deserves to be revisited by anyone who felt that disappointment the first time around.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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