Jackie Brown is a potboiler, and a fairly good one at that, but those looking for slam-bang Tarantino action like that seen in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs will be disappointed, and sorely so.
Jackie is more of a mood piece than a thrill ride, with vaguely retro sets and extremely retro stars. The story's been done before: Pam Grier's title character double-crosses the cops and her boss (played to the hilt again by Jackson) and makes off with some ill-gotten cash. It's virtually the same basic story as Get Shorty, which Elmore Leonard also wrote. Forster got raves (and an Oscar nomination) for his understated bail bondsman and for good reason. Tarantino was stunned that Grier didn't receive the same praise, but considering how ham-fisted she approaches this role (and how uncomfortable she looks along the way), it's really no surprise.
Overall, the movie's fun to watch -- despite being far too long and derivative of too many other films -- but it never quite reaches the wholly-quotable peaks of Tarantino's earlier works.
Much like Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown also gets the double-disc DVD treatment this week, with a second disc of extras (though not as many as on the Pulp set). While Tarantino acknowledges the film is long enough without his deleted scenes, the Pulp Fiction references that he cut out are worth a giggle. Unfortunately, the rest of the extras don't amount to much -- for example, a "looking back" at Jackie Brown interview sports an almost wholly inaudible interviewer -- which means the interview becomes Tarantino just jabbering by himself. And we've had plenty of that already, thanks.
Double the Sam, double the fun.
Run time: 154 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 25th December 1997
Box Office Worldwide: $39.7M
Distributed by: Miramax Films
Production compaines: Miramax Films
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Fresh: 64 Rotten: 10
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Pam Grier as Jackie Brown, Samuel L. Jackson as Ordell Robbie, Robert Forster as Max Cherry, Bridget Fonda as Melanie Ralston, Michael Keaton as Ray Nicolette, Robert De Niro as Louis Gara, Michael Bowen as Mark Dargus, Chris Tucker as Beaumont Livingston, Lisa Gay Hamilton as Sheronda, Tommy Lister as Winston, Sid Haig as Judge, Aimee Graham as Amy, Billingsley Sales Girl, Ellis Williams as Cockatoo Bartender, Tangie Ambrose as Billingsley Sales Girl #2, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah as Raynelle, Ordell's Junkie Friend, Vanessia Valentino as Cabo Flight Attendant, Diana Uribe as Anita Lopez, Renee Kelly as Cocktail Waitress, Elizabeth McInerney as Bartender at Sam's, Colleen Mayne as Girl at Security Gate, Laura Lovelace as Steakhouse Waitress, Christine Lydon as Tec-9 Sidney - Chicks Who Love Guns, Julia Ervin as Steyr AUG Cindy - Chicks Who Love Guns, Juliet Long as AK-47 Gloria - Chicks Who Love Guns, Michelle Berube as Baretta 12S Brittany - Chicks Who Love Guns, Gillian Iliana-Waters as Mossberg 500 Tammy Jo - Chicks Who Love Guns, Candice Briese as The Deputy, Gary Mann as The Deputy, Jeffrey Deedrick as The Sheriff, Roy Nesvold as The Sheriff, Herbert Hans Wilmsen as The Sheriff, Hattie Winston as Simone
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