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VINE VOICEon 3 January 2004
Like him or not, Quentin Tarantino keeps making masterpieces. Kill Bill may have recieved poor ratings, but its still an excellently made film, and an artistic masterpiece. Pulp Fiction, possibly his most famous creation, was another cinematic landmark, with the originally hard to follow flashbacks and stories within stories. Reservoir Dogs was a masterpiece for the sheer cheek to produce a film set mainly in a warehouse, and featuring 70s cheerful music to acts of horrific violence and bloody scenes.
Then you have Jackie Brown. A forgotten gem in the Tarantino Collection, this film is my personal favourite. Its not as violent as his others, but the storyline is excellent.
Basically, the film is about Ordell (played by Samuel L Jackson) trying to smuggle half a million dollar into America from Mexico, using his friend, air stewardess Jackie Brown. Ordell is played to perfection by Jackson, and the character really comes alive, thanks to his paranoid nature, including shooting his friend for getting arrested because he thinks investigations could bring up his name.
The smuggling plot falls apart when Jackie Brown is arrested smuggling in a tester amount of £50,000 and fears for her life after Ordell visits her apartment, gun in hand, but after a while, she convinces him on her loyalty, and the plan continues, but where do Jackie's loyalities really lie, and who will survive in this tense, yet compelling tale.
The film is 2 and a half hours long, and I really couldnt turn away, and that is something I dont say about a lot of films. I simple love Samuel L Jackson's acting ability, and this is potentially his finest performance.
In short, excellent film, another true masterpiece, and probably the only Tarantino film that doesnt need 2 or 3 watches to understand and appreciate it. Ironically, you'll appreciate it so much, you'll watch it 2 or 3 times because its so damn good.
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on 17 March 2006
This is Quentin Tarentino's most underrated movie and probably the best.
I saw this in the cinema when it first came out and came out thinking it was brilliant. What makes this movie work so well is it's chilled out vibe. This is conveyed through the excellent sound track, derived from the blaxploitation movies of the 70s. I would say that this is the best soundtrack used yet in one of Quentins movies.
The film runs at a slow pace which can put off some viewers, but I found that there was enough going on in the plot to keep me watching. It may not have the same level of violence as most Tarentino movies, but the characters are deep and develop well over the 2.5 hours.
The dialogue, as can be expected by a Tarrentino movie is brilliant. It is rare to have a director with such talent that can make a hollywood movie, but have the ability to create this "Art House" vibe and make a movie that is different from the mainstream. Jackie Brown is the height of Tarrentinos movie making talent and I would recommed this to anyone who has a sense of style and taste, who isn't afraid of going against the flow.
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on 15 January 2007
Unfortunately for Tarantino, the iconography of his first two films made him the poster boy for a certain generation, and so, he gets a lot of teenage boys with pictures of Uma on their wall (hello, 'Real metal listener')complaining that Jackie Brown is crap because it doesn't contain enough violence.

Tarantino's trick is that he has always played around with the dynamics of cliche, flatness and depth, bringing alive the 2D pulpy influences into flesh, making stock in trade characters breathe before icing the cake with his own particular, post-modern style. When I saw Jackie Brown on TV the other day, i realised it was such a shame that he went back to iconography and the pornography of violence again in Kill Bill, a film that is supposed to be porno-coke for the eyeballs. (Fair enough as a concept, but trying to shoehorn in any depth/length made it a grotesque cartoon. Tailor-made for teenage boys only, and their spiritual father, Jonathan Ross.)

In JB, everything is note perfect: the rendering of Elmore Leonard's particular atmosphere, all of the performances, the 'over-long' length, the meloncholic mid-life love story contrasted with money scams and the threat of violence etc. Concerning the violence in JB, the difference when compared to Kill Bill, is that you are scared for the characters because they seem real and sympathetic, and this is because the actors have screen time to relax into to their skins.

This is such a good film: It almost plays like a mood piece in it's pace, except with exceptional characters, acting, writing and plotting.

In short: Don't be put off by the meathead Kill Bill crew who judge a film based only on the amount of comic book violence it contains, this film kicks it into touch in every way.
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on 1 July 2002
Elmore Leonard's excellent novel, "Rum Punch" makes it to the screen in a sizzling black caper movie by Quinten Tarantino.
Many considered this a cinematic failure when released in 1997, however there is enough plot twists and turns and good characterisations by a splendid cast to good most people amused.
Tarantino's homage to Black movies of the 70's included a great sans towards the violence he had otherwise become known for with pictures like "Resovoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction".
Instead here, he concentrates on the intricacies of the plot by airline stewardess and bag woman Jackie (played by Blaxploitation heroine, Pam Greer), to swindle her hoodlum boss Samuel L.Jackson, himself in excellant form, from virtually all his misbegotten earnings, whiich he needs moved up from Mexico.
Style is as much a feature of this film as well as acting skill and a good script. Flashbacks, inter-twining sub-plots and a whole lot of 70's soul music all add up to make this picture a worthy addition to any collection.London, Uk
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on 30 August 2015
One of Tarantino's less understood and appreciated films, maybe because he decided to add some drama and intimacy to his usual and irresistible circle of characters and brilliant plots and dialogues.
It is not easy to tune in with that, because as you start laughing then you sense there is something more going on, like this time he wants to know how they feel and not how they show or hide their feelings.
It is maybe a more classic Tarantino, with less abuse of music, some slower tempos and longer scenes and shots. It is like he wants to take a break fomr the story and, while it unfolds, he puts his eye on characters' relation and the way they develop throughout the story.
As usual he gets the best out of the actors but here he gets even more: De NIro best performance in years and a refreshing return of two old seventies stars
A film that improves everytime you watch it.
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on 28 October 2010
This film may not be his most famous or the biggest box office success but to me this is his best film. Absolutely love each charachter which are played amazingly well, especially Pam Grier and Robert Forster. It also has a really good soundtrack that goes well with the film. The one disappointing thing is there is no audio commentary by Tarantino himself who always gives a great insight into his films, but I wouldn`t mark it down for that.
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on 12 August 2011
Just gotta say, I am glad to have purchased this French import blu ray. Jackie Brown looks brilliant in 1080p!!
Have had home video versions on Laserdisc and DVD, not very satisfied with the bleeding of colors and lack of detail (even on the DVD)...but now, thanks to hi-def, Jackie Brown finally gets its due! The detail in the picture is outstanding, as are the colors. The yellows (and other colors) are bold and pop off the screen. The aspect ratio is the original 1.85 and the DTS-HD soundtrack really shines (not like Pulp Fiction, but good enough) when the music is playing.
It also defaults to French Dolby Digital (I had to toggle through using the audio switch to get English DTS-HD 5.1).
There are NO extras, no chapter markings (you can chapter skip) on the bad menu. The menu (in French) is audio setting, and it doesn't work on my player (that's why you may have to use your audio button).
Although this is no special edition with good menus, this is still a find if you are a fan of this film. Too bad there isn't a UK version. A US version is planned in the next coming months and hopefully it will have special features.
Also of note: it is said to be Region B locked. It is marked Regions A and B and plays fine on my region free player set to Region A discs.
Don't spend a whole lot on this bare bones edition and wait for a special edition blu ray to be released.
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on 22 August 2002
When I first saw Jackie Brown, I thought that Samuel L Jackson played amazingly. The scene of him explaining the different types of guns to De Niro set the mood for the film.
The film really excited me. All the different characters who had very different personalities came together to try and get a 500k sum in cash. The relationship between De Niro and Sam is so well thought through. This exceptional film with a great story combining a sexy stewardess (Jackie Brown) an ex con and also a stoned out loser.
Those of you who have Jackie Brown on DVD know that this is going be great. First of all, you dont have to change sides which was a pain in the first one. Then you have a second disc with loads of extra features.
It will include cool DVD games for the PC, deleted scenes, interview with Quentin, original documentary and at least 10 other special features. This is well worth buying.
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on 27 February 2015
Probably the most underrated of Tarantino's films and yet one of his best, Jackie Brown was always going to struggle to win the hearts and minds of viewers as it came on the heels of the ever-popular Pulp Fiction. Whereas the latter was super-cool and action-packed, Jackie Brown contains a more sedate pace, but one that is filled with character as the film builds to its finale.

With the likes of Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Robert De Nero all putting in excellent performances, there is certainly no shortage of acting talent. As with all of Tarantino's scripts, the dialogue shines and there are many amusing moments. The directing loses some of the freneticism seen in Pulp Fiction, but this is entirely suited to the different pace of this film, something we are introduced to immediately with the lingering shot of Jackie during the opening titles.

The relationship between Jackie and Max Cherry is the pivotal one within the narrative and is given depth by what goes unsaid between them. We can see how fond Max is of her, something shown in such things as him buying a tape of The Delfonics after she plays them at her apartment. The possibility that this relationship will develop, along with the tension of Jackie's relationships with illegal gun dealer Ordell Robbie and the police, creates a gripping spectacle as we watch to see if she and Max can succeed in their plan, one that will see her free of Robbie and of her job as a stewardess for a low budget airline.

Wonderfully acted, directed, scripted and paced, this is a great piece of cinema with unspoken depth.
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on 5 January 2014
The film is a classic from a classic year of cinema... no need to review.. BUT the HD transfer is a transformation. Any one who is a serious fan of this film really needs the HD version. Its a different league from the average-to-poor DVD ( depending on your version ) . BUY.
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