Jackie Brown

  • 15
  • Quentin Tarantino (1997)
  • US
  • 147 min
Jackie Brown
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Imaginatively dragging Elmore Leonard's bestseller Rum Punch into his own postmodern universe peppered with quirky dialogue and cinematic references, director Quentin Tarantino makes this re-energised crime thriller a homage to, and an updating of, 1970s pulp blaxploitation fiction. Black icon Pam Grier is great as the air hostess pressured into an entrapment scam after being arrested for cash smuggling, who decides to use her feminine wiles to outsmart everyone wanting to exploit or kill her. Tarantino draws maximum suspense from a superb cast that includes Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Robert Forster and Michael Keaton, and an array of visual techniques such as staging a key scene three times from three different points of view. Complementing this breathlessly exciting down-and-dirty crime drama is a fabulous array of funk classics.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Pam Grier and Samuel L Jackson. Air stewardess Jackie Brown is arrested for smuggling money and drugs into the country for ruthless arms dealer Ordell Robbie. Realising that Ordell is likely to kill her, Jackie decides to play him and the cops off against each other.

Cast and crew


Jackie Brown
Pam Grier
Ordell Robbie
Samuel L Jackson
Max Cherry
Robert Forster
Bridget Fonda
Ray Nicolette
Michael Keaton
Louis Gara
Robert De Niro
Mark Dargus
Michael Bowen
Beaumont Livingston
Chris Tucker
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr
Hattie Winston
Public defender
Denise Crosby
Sid Haig
Amy, Billingsley sales girl
Aimee Graham
Cockatoo bartender
Ellis E Williams
Billingsley sales girl number two
Tangie Ambrose
Raynelle, Ordell's junkie friend
T'Keyah Crystal Keymah
Cabo flight attendant
Venessia Valentino
Anita Lopez
Diana Uribe
Cocktail waitress
Renee Kelly
Bartender at Sam's
Elizabeth McInerney
Girl at security gate
Colleen Mayne
Steakhouse waitress
Laura Lovelace


Quentin Tarantino

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scene.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15