Jackie Brown

7.52 h 34 min1997X-RayR
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino adapts Elmore Leonard's bestseller RUM PUNCH in a stylish homage to 1970s exploitation movies with six players on the trail of a half million dollars in cash.
Quentin Tarantino
Pam GrierSamuel L. JacksonRobert Forster
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Robert De NiroBridget FondaMichael KeatonMichael BowenChris TuckerLisa Gay HamiltonTommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.Hattie WinstonAimee Graham
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Sony_XLReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's a comedy, a drama, and.....
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Some have a problem with the running time, they say it drags They say, it kinda sucks compared to Pulp Fiction I AM NOT ONE OF THEM I'll keep this short The casting and acting is flawless.

It's a comedy, a drama, a crime film, it has one of my favourite characters in movie history (Ordell Robbie, played to perfection by Samuel L. Jackson) The real treat of the film is that it's a slice of life look at people dealing with age and facing retirement. Ordell knows he can spend the rest of his life spending, Lewis can't smoke a bong properly anymore, Jackie Brown and Max Cherry are both stuck in jobs that will have them with things that ain't worth a damn Quentin Tarantino said he made this film for black audiences and everyone else is invited. And while I've enjoyed everything he's made, this one I can't fault and the parts I love, I love more than in his other films and a lot of other films I love in general This film is a rarity - how many films do you see with an African-American women of Pam Griers age have a roll like this in the film She looks absolutely stunning and is quite simply excellent in the film, as everyone is.
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Deb7Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tarantino’s most underrated movie!!!
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It was certainly difficult back in the ‘90s for moviegoers who went bananas over Tarantino’s former hits: Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, to appreciate the more mature Jackie Brown. But what movie could??
Adapted from an Elmore Leonard novel, Tarantino wrote a much better screenplay!!

Pam Grier, who WAS Jackie Brown, was certainly her best role ever!! And the love and admiration that Tarantino had for Grier was very apparent!! She was beautiful in this film!!
The other standout was Robert Forrester, as Max Cherry! He was a revelation! And very deserving of his Oscar nomination!
Samuel L. Jackson was a charicature of a thug!! But he was convincing as a stone-cold killer.
Robert DeNiro played the “institutionalized” Louis with aplomb!
Bridget Fonda was fun, as Jackson’s “surfer girl”.
I won’t go further, but I LOVED this movie, even when it first came out, because I’m a huge fan of Pam Grier.
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TJLReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2018
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robin friedmanReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
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Quentin Tarrantino Meets Elmore Leonard
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Reading several novels by Elmore Leonard and watching Quentin Tarrantino's new movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" brought me to watch "Jackie Brown", Tarrantino's 1997 adaptation of Leonard's 1992 novel "Rum Punch". Novels and films work differently. "Jackie Brown" is a wonderful interpretation of "Rum Punch" and a rarity in that I enjoyed the film probably more than the original.

Set in Florida Leonard's novel tells a tangled tale of crime, violence, and double-crossing written in a punchy style with sharp dialogue. The plot is difficult to follow in detail, but it works out. It involves elements of a sting and a shell-game as various characters try to walk off with $500,000 in dirty money. Much of the novel involves characterization as well as plot. The primary characters are Jackie Burks, 44, a thrice-married flight attendant for a cut-rate airline, Max Cherry, 57, a bail bondsman who falls in love with Jackie, makes her bail, and helps her in her efforts to outwit both law enforcement and a hardened criminal in the illegal gun trade, and the hardened criminal himself, Ordell Robbie.

Leonard's novel has racial themes in that Robbie and several other characters are African American, but Tarrantino's film expands these themes. Tarrantino makes Jackie, (with the last name Brown) an African American and emphasizes the importance of this change by changing the scene of the story from West Palm Beach, Florida to Compton, California, and Los Angeles. The emphasis of African American experience through Jackie Brown attempting to avoid prison and to escape a life of just getting by in middle age and through the focus on the vicious Ordell add a dimension to Leonard's story. Leonard reported loved the screen play, written by Tarrantino and the only one of Tarrantino's films which is based upon a novel by another writer.

The film is lush, and lavish, different from Leonard's usual terseness and understatement. It is tough, raw, and violent, as is Leonard's novel, and also captures the feelings that develop between Jackie and Max Cherry as he helps her schemings. Pam Grier plays Jackie Brown with conviction, capturing both her sense of herself and her vulnerability. Samuel Jackson captures both the viciousness and playfulness of Ordell Robie while Robert Forster received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of bail bondsman Cherry. The movie has an ever-present sound track. Most of the musical selections add a great deal to the action on the screen while a few seem overdone.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Jackie Brown" both for itself and as an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Rum Punch". The complex double dealing of the story was clearer to follow when it could be visualized. The scenes of Compton and its environs also helped bring the story to life. The budding relationship between Jackie and Cherry was poignantly portrayed.

"Jackie Brown" is a tough-minded emotional film which enhances the book on which it is based. The film is lengthy but will bear watching more than once. I enjoyed seeing this film and thinking again about Leonard's novel, "Rum Punch".

Robin Friedman
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of Tarantino's best films Pam Grier and Robert Forster are amazing together
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Jackie Brown is a Quentin Tarantino classic that I think often gets overlooked. First off he started with great material since the movie is based off of Elmore Leonard’s book Rum Punch. The film is about a heist and has an A1 cast with Pam Grier as Jackie Brown a struggling stewardess that works for Samuel L. Jackson as Ordell Robbie taking his profits from illegal gun sales back and forth between L.A. and Mexico. Robert De Niro is Louis Gara an old prison buddy of Ordell who just got out and goes to work for him. Jackie gets busted by two ATF agents one day Michael Keaton as Ray Nicolette and Michael Bowen as Mark Dargus and they want her to rat out Ordell. She gets bailed out by Robert Forster as Max Cherry a bondsman that becomes her friend. Jackie and Max create an unlikely couple and try to get her out of trouble with both Ordell and the ATF.

This film works on so many levels. First off the actors do an amazing job. Pam Grier just lays down an all star performance. She’s always so calm and collected even when facing prison time talking to the ATF. The next moment she’s got a gun and threatening Ordell who every other person would be afraid of. She and Robert Forster make a complete odd couple and yet it works. They are so at ease when they talk it’s like they’ve known each other for years when they just met. For example, the day after he bails her out Grier is already asking him in her house in the morning when she’s got a bathrobe on and talks about all her problems and her dealings with Ordell. Tarantino also lays down another fantastic soundtrack. Sometimes they’re just amazingly on point like Bloodstone’s Natural High when Forster first sees Grier. He can just see her silhouette and then the lyrics come in, “And I don’t even know you, I don’t know you, Why do I feel this way thinking about you every day.” They are going to have a special chemistry and those lyrics just set that up perfectly. Their last scene together that finishing everything off is something you can watch over and over it’s so good. The movie also opens and ends with Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack. At the closing Grier starts singing the lyrics, “Doing whatever I had to do to survive. I’m not saying what I did was alright. Trying to break out of the ghetto was a day to day fight.” That’s a great description of her character’s situation and how she ends up.

The first half of the movie lays out these characters, the second half deals with the heist. Like any good crime flick there are double crosses, twists and turns. Again, everything centers around the Grier-Forster relationship. It’s also retold from different perspectives so all that goes down is explained.

This is really a must see film. Everything is top notch from the writing to the directing to the performances to the music.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
'Good Movie Even If It Was Too Long!'
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The movie 'Jackie Brown' is good even though it was too long! A lot of foul language, drug use and violence throughout the movie! Actor Samuel L. Jackson was great as Ordell Robbie as the bad guy who liked to kill people when they don't 'bow down' to him! Actor Robert Forster was good as Max Cherry, a bail bondsman who helped Ordell to get Beaumont (played by actor Chris Tucker) out of jail only for Ordell to kill Beaumont; 'Academy Award' actor Robert De Niro is also good as Ray, an ex-con who didn't say much, gets high and has sex with beach bunny Melanie, played by Bridget Fonda (she was good); actor Michael Keaton is also good as the cop who arrests Jackie Brown only to help her out in the end; actress Pam Grier steals the show as the title character Jackie Brown; Pam Grier's character wanted to keep her job and stay out of trouble. There were too many flashback scenes as to what the characters said and did throughout the movie. Max falls in love with Jackie, Ordell, Ray and Melanie get killed, Jackie lives and then she leaves town; the song 'Didn't I' ('Blow Your Mind This Time') was played over and over again in the movie and the character Max Cherry purchases a cassette of The Delfonics' song and he never heard of the R&B group before. At times I found the movie to be too slow and part of me wanted to press 'fast forward'! It's not a bad movie but I feel I have to 'stay awake' and watch the movie from beginning to end! The actors in the movie were very good and at times it looked as though there was a race to get the money but who to trust is the 'million dollar question'!
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Chris WilliamsReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film (I Would Give It 4 And-A-Half Stars If That Option Was Available)
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I watched Jackie Brown tonight...only the 2nd time I've seen it. And I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess the first viewing didn't really impress me for some reason. However, I remember watching JB not long after I saw Pulp Fiction for the first time, and I think most films that someone watches right after seeing PF for the first time are going to pale in comparison to PF. But now I watched JB for only the 2nd time, far removed from seeing PF and I have to say that JB is a darn good film. Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro have some very good chemistry, and they play off of each other very well in the film, there is no doubt about that. Pam Grier and Bridget Fonda do a very good job with the parts they've been given as well. However, it's the late Robert Forster who shines the most. Kudos to Tarantino for casting him in a role that probably was nothing like any character he'd ever played before. His Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor was well deserved. There's no doubt that this is the best performance of his lengthy and impressive career. Once again, QT's strongest contribution came in the form of solid direction and sure writing. Indeed, JB is QT's only feature-length, non-original screenplay, adapted from the novel Rum Punch written by the author, Elmore Leonard. And even though it's an adapted screenplay, it still carries with it that trade-mark, classic, Tarantino dialogue. It's sharp, witty, and darkly hilarious. The bottom line is, QT is a master story teller, and he can write the hell out of anything he puts his mind to. And the result here with JB, will not disappoint his fans, or even his non-fans. It was thoroughly enjoyable, and I would give it four and-a-half stars, if the option was available.
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P_J_PReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Entertainment
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I never read the book, so I can't compare the two, however, the movie was great! It's an Elmore Leonard plot, so no need to say more. The actors - you probably know them all - and they all nailed their part.

And the Soundtrack...PERFECT!. Across 110th St. = Bobby Womak

I was amused and entertained. I can't say much more than. If you like Leonard's writing and you like the actors, you simply can't go wrong.

(if you don't like the "N" word, even when used by black people, the don't bother watching 'cause you'll just get all upset about it.)
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