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      Jackie Brown

      1997, Crime/Drama, 2h 35m

      96 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      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. Read critic reviews

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      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.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Quentin Tarantino

      • Producer: Lawrence Bender

      • Writer: Elmore Leonard, Quentin Tarantino

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $39.6M

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      • Distributor: Miramax Films, Buena Vista International [us]

      • Production Co: Mighty Mighty Afrodite Productions, Miramax Films, Lawrence Bender Productions, A Band Apart

      • Sound Mix: SDDS, Dolby Digital, Surround

      • Aspect Ratio: 35mm

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      • Jan 19, 2016

        I never really quite clicked with this one, and I think that's because this is the only QT movie he didn't invent the story for. It's well made and the performances are memorable but there's not much in the storyline that resonates with me......

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      • Nov 29, 2014

        What's often considered Tarantino's sophomore slump may be lacking in the director's penchant for bloodshed, but it's got more than enough strength of narrative and character to make up for the loss.

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      • Sep 30, 2014

        The one Tarantino film I'd never got round to seeing. Like the rest of his films he gets the casting spot on here. The problem is the source material. The story just isn't juicy enough to sustain the 2.5 hour running time he gives it. Thus we have scenes that add nothing or just go on way too long. Yes, it allows the actor to show how good they are in the role but it makes the film a chore and Tarantino films should NEVER be a chore! I can't see myself revisiting this one again.

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      • Jul 04, 2013

        Jackie Brown is, in my opinion, Quentin Tarantino's weakest film. Tarantino's characters are typically ultra-interesting, written with genius dialogue, but I found myself completely uninterested in any of the dialogue, and even less in the characters. Particularly the female protagonist (played by Pam Grier) and the character Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson), who seemed like a dumber version of his part in Pulp Fiction. The plot is just about people chasing a large sum of money; something Tarantino has more or less visited before, but it's just not as smartly done this time. It has his signature style, but it's not as jumpy and energetic as it usually is. I just didn't connect with this film at all.

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