Jackie Brown (1997)

Movie Title: Jackie Brown

Year Released: 1997

Rated: R

Runtime: 2h 40min

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action, Drama

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, LisaGay Hamilton, Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr., Hattie Winston, Sid Haig, Aimee Graham, Chris Tucker

Review: When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a man who loves her.

Jackie Brown may be the most underrated film in Quentin Tarantino's filmography. It doesn't get some of the same adoration as Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds, but it benefits from a great script and a great cast led by the resurgences of Pam Grier and Robert Forster. Contrary to many of Tarantino's other films, Jackie Brown is basically a linear story, until the heist takes place at the very end and gives you the concluding events from a variety of different points of view. I actually really enjoyed this method of storytelling. The writing is fantastic and really carries the film, and the script is very straightforward and easy to follow. This film, while having its fair share of violence, isn't as over the top as some of Tarantino's other films. There's a lot of heart and sweetness to this film, interwoven with a wonderfully intricate heist that brings plenty of entertainment value. All reservations aside, if you love a good Tarantino flick, definitely check out Jackie Brown!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Pam Grier had screentested for the part in Pulp Fiction (1994), that eventually went to Rosanna Arquette. Quentin Tarantino didn't forget her however, crafting the part of Jackie Brown specifically for her.


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