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Films to See Before You Die: #68 Jackie Brown

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Jackie Brown (1997)

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro

Synopsis: Stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is stopped after a flight by ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and is taken in for questioning. While questioning her they find over ten grand and some cocaine and decide to arrest her. What they really want is the man she was bringing this stuff into the country for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) a dangerous arms-dealer. Ordell bails Jackie out of prison using Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a retired cop who is now a bail-bondsman. Jackie sets up a delivery for Ordell asa set up for the Feds to finally catch him. This is part of Jackie’s plan to play the Feds off Ordell and his partner Louis Gara (Robert DeNiro) and walk off with their money. She can’t do this alone so she asks for Max’s help. This all leads to an inevitable confrontation between Jackie, the Feds and Ordell.

Trivia: Quentin Tarantino’s first and only film (as of 2010) to adapt from preexisting material, rather than his own. When Robert De Niro first got a hold of the script he wanted to play the role of Max Cherry. Quentin Tarantino wanted to work with De Niro but had his heart set on Robert Forster as Cherry, so he gave the role of Louis to De Niro.

Why I think you should see this: As I said before Tarantino is my favourite director so practically anything he does is a must see and this is no exception. This movie doesn’t exactly feel like a Tarantino film but that’s because it kind of isn’t as he only wrote the screenplay not the story it was adapted from but its still a great film. Pam Grier is on fire as the titular character and Robert Forster is amazing as her partner in crime Max Cherry. Overall a great film and highly recommended.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

3 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #68 Jackie Brown

  1. I Saw It In The Theater Opening Weekend, And Really Enjoyed It. I’m One Of Those Who Actually Liked It More And More With Repeat Viewings. Reservoir Dogs Remains My Fave Fave Of The Bunch, But Jackie Brown Is Excellent!

  2. --Rick ⋅

    Great movie!

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