RObert De Niro
Samuel L. Jackson
Watching it fourteen years later, and seeing how it fits into QT’s filmography (with it being an important bridge to KILL BILL); JACKIE BROWN really is worth serious reconsideration. Sure, it’s a little long (at 153 minutes), but it stands as probably QT’s most human (and humane) piece of work. He has a lot of empathy for his characters- who are middle-aged, with their glory days long behind them, and no longer in the mood to hustle, or shoot it out with whoever crosses them.
While Grier (who’s excellent) gets most of the accolades for Brown, I’ve always thought Ordell Robbie was one of Samuel L. Jackson’s best roles. While a deadly gangster, he’s no thug, and only kills to preserve his own freedom. He doesn’t seem to enjoy it, and when he has the chance to cut someone slack in the movie, he does it. You actually feel kinda bad for him once Brown’s plan starts to go down, but c’est la vie.
In addition to Grier and Jackson, there’s also a hilarious role for De Niro, as Jackson’s “none-too-bright’ cohort, and a comeback part for Robert Forster as the “seen it all bail-bondsman”, who’s maybe the kindest character Tarantino’s ever written. I also loved Bridget Fonda as Jackson’s surfer gal lady-friend- and boy, oh boy- I forgot how gorgeous she was. I wish she’d make another movie…
Jackie Brown: How it Went Down is the same behind-the-scenes from the old DVD, as is A Look Back at Jackie Brown which is a nearly-hour long interview piece with Tarantino (which is about the closest we’ll ever get to a commentary from QT on one of his films). The CHICKS WITH GUNS infomercial from the film is here in its entirety, and it’s…something. Siskel and Ebert ‘AT THE MOVIES ‘ is the original review the two did on their TV show back in the nineties (as usual, thoughtful and concise). Additionally, there are some MTV Promos for a few tie-ins the did with the movie, a good fifteen minutes of deleted scenes In a nice touch, there’s also a gallery of vintage Pam Grier & Robert Forster trailers with ads for classics like COFFY, FRIDAY FOSTER, ALLIGATOR, THE BLACK HOLE, VIGILANTE and more. Tres cool.