Jackie Bronw, Jackie Brown MovieReview, Movie Review, Rilm Review
|Michael A. Maynez|
The caper to end all capers comes packaged for the holidays in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown". He brings us Pam Grier from the 70's Blaxplotation films in a role that literally controls the entire film with a savvy sexiness that can only come from within. A woman so desperately trying to live down her past and really make an honest effort of starting fresh, anew, over, but neither her past nor her present allows her that luxury.
Samuel L. Jackson, who devastated us "Eve's Bayou" is thrown back to his "Pulp Fiction". For his sake I hope he stops playing those roles. He is super effective here with his sort of girl friend Bridget Fonda, definitely a different role for her. Robert DeNiro as a none too bright sidekick to Jackson again makes film his forte by one of those special characterizations. Michael Keaton as a Fed is as lethal as the con-artists. It is Robert Forster as a bail bond's man that makes you ache for the good man that he is and it certainly is a joy to have him in a role that merits his talent after such a long absence. He really has aged gracefully.
The story is taut and the editing tight and the dialogue is as sharp as tomorrow gang type rap style, Tarantino didn't miss a beat or a word. No it is not "Pulp Fiction" and that is really a plus. Women will applaud the fact that for a change the leading lady is smart and as sharp as her stiletto heels. With a half a million at stake to be brought in from Mexico into the United States by way of her flight attendant job, it takes a bit of story weaving. Who will double-cross who or will it be a triple-cross. If the story gets too intense there is just sufficient levity to help us catch our breath. "Jackie Brown" packs a wallop and plenty of iron to scare you to hell and back. .
Produced by: Lawrence Bender
Written and directed by: Quentin Tarantino
With: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
Executive producers: Richard N. Gladstein, Elmore Leonard
Executive producers: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Co-producer: Paul Hellerman
Editor: Sally Menke
Customer designer: Mary Claire Hannan
Production designer: David Wasco
Director of photography: Gullermo Navarro
Based on the book "Rum Punch" by Elmore Leonard
Read the Dell and Miramax books
Wide Release 25 Dec 1997
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Original Date Sunday 4 January 1998
Updated Sunday 4 January 1998