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Jackie Brown
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10.18.2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Quentin Tarantino

Actors:
Pam Grier
Robert Forster
RObert De Niro
Bridget Fonda
Michael Keaton
Samuel L. Jackson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a forty-four year-old flight attendant, with a previous conviction for drug trafficking, who is reduced to working a crummy job with a penny-ante airline. She makes extra cash by smuggling cash for gun-dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), but when Robbie’s girlfriend’s coke ends up with the cash, she’s busted by the feds. Faced with the choice of setting-up Robbie, or going to jail, she agrees to cooperate, but makes a deal with Robbie on the side. However, she’s also playing the murderous Robbie, with the help of a love-struck bail bondsman (Robert Forster).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I remember when JACKIE BROWN came out around X-mas ’97. Following on the heels of PULP FICTION, it was inevitable that the slower, more thoughtful JACKIE BROWN would pale next to that towering achievement, but the years have been kind to JACKIE BROWN.

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…
THE EXTRAS
This is one STACKED Blu-ray, porting all the extras from the old 2-disc DVD, and adding a few more. First up is Breaking Down Jackie Brown , which is a newly recorded critics roundtable, where they debate the film’s merits fourteen years after its original release.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
At a list price of just-over ten bucks on Amazon, this JACKIE BROWN Blu-ray is a no-brainer, even if it’s not one of your favourite Tarantino films. If you haven’t seen it in a while, I urge you to give it a spin. It’s held up like a dream, and is actually better now than it was then.
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3:59PM on 10/18/2011
great review of a great movie. all the characters are so good, of corse de niro and forster. but chris tucker is even great; the scene with him in the trunk is just too awesome
great review of a great movie. all the characters are so good, of corse de niro and forster. but chris tucker is even great; the scene with him in the trunk is just too awesome
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10:31AM on 10/18/2011
I LOVE this film! Have from the day it came out. Unlike HoyleHaw, I'd out this above Get Shorty...but one notch below Out of Sight as far as Leonard adpations go.
I LOVE this film! Have from the day it came out. Unlike HoyleHaw, I'd out this above Get Shorty...but one notch below Out of Sight as far as Leonard adpations go.
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8:17AM on 10/18/2011
I think this is actually my personal favorite Tarantino movie. Sure, it's not as fast-paced as some of his other work, but it's my favorite Elmore Leonard adaptation after "Get Shorty."
I think this is actually my personal favorite Tarantino movie. Sure, it's not as fast-paced as some of his other work, but it's my favorite Elmore Leonard adaptation after "Get Shorty."
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