Jackie Brown (1997): American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's most mature film till date

Grier and Forster shine in their comeback performances


By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Jackie Brown, Movie Poster, Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton, Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Jackie Brown - By Quentin Tarantino
Our Rating: 8.5
IMDb Ratings: 7.5
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
CastPam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
Country: USA
Language: English
Runtime: 154 min
Color: Color

Summary: A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her her life.

Jackie Brown is a 1997 crime thriller film written and directed by the American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Based on a 1992 novel named 'Rum Punch' by Elmore Leonard, Jackie Brown stars Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton in the major roles. Jackie Brown, Tarantino's third feature film, was the filmmaker's follow up to his 1994 Palme d'Or-winning film Pulp Fiction.

Pam Grier in and as Jackie Brown, Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Pam Grier in and as Jackie Brown
While not necessarily his best, Jackie Brown is easily the most mature, most complete, film Quentin Tarantino has made till date. No other Tarantino film can match Jackie Brown's storytelling, character development and realism. The movie accentuates Tarantino's love for not only cult/obscure films and pulp fiction novels but also for the forgotten movie stars.

Robert Forster in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown
Robert Forster in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown
By handpicking two yesteryear stars like Pam Grier and Robert Forster to play pivotal parts in Jackie Brown, Tarantino, a self-confessed admirer of both of theirs work, took a huge gamble but his faith in them didn't go unrewarded as both went on deliver superb performances with Forster even getting his first Academy Award nomination. 


Robert De Niro (left) and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown, Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Robert De Niro (left) and Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown
The memorable performances of Grier and Forster are well backed up by the rest of the cast: Samuel L. Jackson once again plays an N- word loving hit-man to a tee, only this time it is more repugnant than Pulp Fiction. Michael Keaton plays an ATF agent with his usual frenzy. Robert De Niro effortlessly essays the part of a sociopathic ex-convict. And Bridget Fonda skillfully plays a drugged-addict moll. Rarely does anyone miss a keynote.

Michael Keaton (left) with Pam Grier in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown
Michael Keaton (left) in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown
Tarantino's brilliant choice of stock music further adds to the movie's experience. The direction and editing is absolutely top notch. Tarantino doesn't spoon-feed the audience and delivers an ending that certainly keeps the avenues open for some of the major characters. 

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