A flight attendant makes a deal with the ATF to rat on her gun-running boyfriend, while planning to steal $500,000 from under their noses.
Jackie Brown (1997)
Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster,
Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton,
Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker
Based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Robert Forster)
Jackie Brown may not be Tarantino's masterpiece, but it's certainly an engaging film that began his trend of writing badass female protagonists. It's one of those films that you need to watch more than once in order to fully appreciate it, as the plot is a little muddled and you start to forget exactly who is screwing who over. The cast is yet another gang of all-stars who deliver fantastic performances, with veteran Pam Grier in the lead as the eponymous Miss Jackie Brown.
Jackie's plan is to use the ATF to take down her crazy criminal boyfriend Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson, in one of his best roles) while her silent partner bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster, in a memorable and entertaining role) makes off with Ordell's half a million bucks. In order to pull this off, Jackie ends up pulling at least three different long cons on multiple parties, which is where the plot starts to get a little hard to follow. But it all leads to a tense and satisfying conclusion that's tuned to a well-oiled 70's soundtrack in typical Tarantino fashion. Coupled with fun performances by Robert De Niro and Michael Keaton, it's hard not to enjoy Jackie Brown.
Like I said, it's not fair to compare Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill. It's just not in the same ballpark. For instance, Tarantino based this screenplay off of the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch, which is evidenced by the almost complete lack of the typical Tarantino tone fans have come to expect from his films. Instead, Jackie Brown is a more conventional crime drama that's reminiscent of the exploitation films of the 1970's. I still think it's a good movie and would definitely watch it again.