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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino Masterpiece
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...
Published on 3 Jan. 2004 by Mr. Damian J. McGrath

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3.0 out of 5 stars Waited fifteen years for a second viewing
I first watched Jackie Brown when it came out in the cinema back in 1997. And, like so many people at the time, I was unimpressed. I fell into that large group of people who felt it wasn't up to the violent/gory standards of Reservoir Dogs or the cleverly made-up standards of Pulp Fiction.

Now, fifteen years later, I decided to watch it again and see if my...
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4.0 out of 5 stars better tan pulp fiction, 6 Dec. 2014
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Grier is excellent in this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another classic from Mr Tarantino!, 7 Dec. 2003
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MisterDerp1975 (Northamptonshire, England) - See all my reviews
Take the novel 'Rum Punch' by Elmore Leonard, and give it to the most hip, talented and genial writer/director in Hollywood, and let him do the rest. Thats what producer Laurence Bender did, and the result is yet another classic film with intertwining stories, an amazing cast that includes Pam Grier, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Chris Tucker, Robert Forster and the ultra cool Samuel L Jackson and a superb soundtrack again. He can do no wrong can Mr Tarantino. The 2-disc edition is loaded with extras and at the amazing Amazon price of £8.99 it is a bargain. Just buy it!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... accept no substitutes!, 3 July 2003
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MarmiteMan (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
Elmore Leonard novels are notoriously hard to film. Once filmed critical acclaim is rare - if any - and they are hardly successful at the box-office, or popular with Leonard readers - who are pretty demanding and critical! STICK, GLITZ and CATCHASER were bold-but-dismal attempts (even though I quite liked STICK), whilst 52 PICK-UP and GET SHORTY were only moderately 'successful.' So take a notorious director and let him write a screenplay adapted from Leonard's RUM PUNCH and it may just work ...
And it does - although diehard aficionados of RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION may feel they've been short-changed. That is, except for the cool early-1970s soundtrack; it revived interest in the Delfonics, for instance, whilst the superb STREET LIFE by Randy Crawford & the Crusaders (albeit the short radio-edit version) also received a welcome airing. Elmore Leonard stories always revolve around streetwise, world-weary characters, disillusioned both in and by Life. Therefore they seem low-key and do not lend themselves well as either action films or suspenseful drama, instead simmering along quietly in between with sudden, but short-lived violence. So why was Tarantino tempted?
Well, in That Difficult Third Movie (since PULP FICTION he co-wrote or executively co-produced TRUE ROMANCE, KILLING ZOË, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, CRIMSON TIDE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and DESPERADO, amongst others) there was ample opportunity for character development - around $550,000, in fact. And, again true to Tarantino form, this revitalized as Great Comebacks once-stirling actors' careers - to wit, Robert Forster and heroine of 1970s 'Blaxploitation' films, the magnificent Pam Grier (ain't she fine in that red dress!).
Profoundly arresting are the scenes of the worldly-wise 44-year old airline hostess, aware of her limited future options, finding a soulmate in the heard-it-all-before but not-yet-too-weary 56-year old bondsman Max Cherry, scenes and moods that slowly unfold through mutual respect to genuine affection. For Cherry, Jackie is the first down-to-earth person he has met after 19 years and 15,000 hard-luck stories. Whilst Jackie finds in Cherry that which has always eluded her: a decent, upright and honest man ... who don't give her no bullshit. He returned her stash minus only 10% - his fee: no more, no less. Their goodbye kiss radiates sincere fondness, and Jackie, to the strains of Bobby Womack's ACROSS 110th STREET, is somewhat taken with regret that Cherry is not going to Spain with her ...
Meanwhile, current actors shine in supporting rôles: Bridget Fonda is Melanie, Ordell Robbie's permanently spaced-out blonde-haired surfer-girl; Robert DeNiro is Louis, layabout parolee merely killing time in Life, whose sole 'virtue' is the dubious code of 'honour among thieves' (not honoured by lifelong buddie Ordell); and Michael Keaton, a likeable enough ATF agent willing to cut a deal with the small-fry (Jackie Brown) to catch the bigger fish (Ordell Robbie).
The film - like Tarantino's previous two - is interspersed with cuts and flashbacks, often the same scene filmed from a different angle, thus seen from another character's point of view. And, of course, Tarantino can heap on Californian trash culture (the tacky CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS video), black culture and language, for all of which he has a singular passion. Sleazy and unlikeable gun-dealer Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) fluidly jabbers out the cool streetspeak, with liberal sprinklings of the word "Nigger" with utter disregard for the nowadays non-PC connotations of the word. At a media event during the film's release, when heckled from the audience, "You can't get away with that, man ...", Tarantino simply crooned back, "... but I do ..."
And he does.
On the DVD(s): extras include Deleted Scenes, the Making Of the CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS video (which has since spawned the lamentable craze on the Web), interviews with several of the actors, deconstructions of certain scenes - and is, on the whole, a good investment!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burn but 3D film-making, 29 Mar. 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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To the reviewers who feel Jackie Brown is dull and not true Tarantino, watch again. It may be slightly overlong and (deliberately) slow-moving, perhaps the ending is predictable, and the style is certainly low-key compared to some Tarantino epics, but the scripting, characterisation and cinematic style is unique and unmistakably QT! For example, few directors would have the verve to handle the climactic money exchange scene from three different perspectives without getting twitchy.
Tarantino distills the essence of Elmore Leonard with a flash of dazzling iconic touches of his own, particularly through brilliant casting; characters who in other hands might be waxwork dummies are flesh and blood here. Pam Grier as the feisty eponomous heroine brings with her the flavour of 70s blaxploitation movies, but soon has three parties eating out of her hands: Samuel L Jackson, who might sound like he's in Pulp Fiction the sequel but brings Ordell to life as an utterly credible streetwise gangsta; Robert Forster's weary bail bondsman; and Michael Keaton's over-enthusiastic cop. Only Robert de Niro as Ordell's scumbag bankrobbing buddy fails to add value, and that is deliberate.
Splendid slow-burn cinema for those who enjoy lingering over the gloriously realised details.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slow crime drama, 16 July 2008
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In Tarantino's third film, Pam Grier stars as Jackie Brown, who is arrested for bringing illegal money into the country which ultimately takes her into a case involving one of her close friends, gun dealer Ordell (Jackson).

Once again covering the crime genre, Tarantino brings the characters and plot to life with cutting edge direction, and specific writing in a great portrayal of the crime world.

A lot of crime films focus upon action and car chases at every possible opportunity but this crime drama exploits the more specific details of what gun dealers and police are like with the unnecessary action. In admiring the realism of this concept, it does last for the entire film with hardly any action and can trail off waiting for something big to happen.

This may be off putting for many action viewers but the direction, script, dialogue and characters are good enough to give that little extra to put this film right up with Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.

The acting is excellent by all involved. I particularly enjoyed De Niro's (Raging Bull) performance, in perhaps an underrated role for the legendary actor. Samuel L Jackson is again good, but not as powerful as he was in his Oscar nominated role in Pulp Fiction. His character is intriguing to watch and develop as the film progresses into a more personal stage, but with the lack of action and suspense, the characters sometimes end up being a bit dull, all except for De Niro and Grier, who are the stars of the show.

Grier takes centre stage as the air hostess who is under the spotlight from everyone in this film and Brown's actions and skilful planning are a joy to watch and the zest in her actions make up for the lack of suspense and action.

Not Tarantino's best film, but nevertheless great portrayal of real life crime with a good sophisticated plot that will keep viewers intrigued t the very end.

8/10
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarantino comes of age, 21 April 2001
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For those expecting another 'Pulp Fiction' or 'Resevoir Dogs' their in for a big disappointment. However, if you distance yourself from Tarantino's previous work then what you are left with is a very abosrbing thriller that grips you from start to finish.
One of the pleasures of this film is the characters and how they develop over the course of the film. It's a rare treat nowadays to see the empahsis on characters over action. Pam Grier is fantastic as Jackie Brown, thetough, clever, stewardess and Robert Forster is equally absorbing as the very human bail bondsman. The only real let down is Robert De Niro, who, whilst funny at first, ends up just becoming slightly irritating and just seems to be going through the motions.
The plot is equally brilliant watching Jackie Brown play first one side then the other right up until the end. It's also nice to see Tarantino resisting having the ride-off-into-the-sunset ending, which sadly ruins many a good film.
This is definitely a much more mature film from Tarantino, but no worse off for it. Those who have criticised it for being to slow should try watching it again and forgetting about Pulp Fiction. whilst perhaps not quite in the same league as his previous films, Jackie Brown is still a fantastic movie and I can't wait for Tarantino's next film.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tarantinos best!, 20 Mar. 2007
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Jackie Brown is one hell of a movie,im gonna say right now that this is tarantinos best film so far!!,i know all you are gonna say what about pulp fiction or reservoir dogs?, but nope this is it for me,im also tired of hearing from people that this film didnt have enough violence in it!!..get some brain cells people..pleeesaasse!! This is a wonderful crime caper with a lovely delicate romance thrown in for good measure,sam jacksons perfect for ordell robey and this is the best role he has played,even better than jules from pulp. This is a more rounded personal film than dogs,fiction or kill bill ever was,yes its talky but the dialogue which is half elmore leonard and half tarantino keeps you interested and keeps you thinking. If you havent seen this then please please see this movie,maybe your not a tarntino fan but this isnt just another typical tarantino film although there is the odd momnt here and there. A great fim and the only one that an actor in a tarantino film has one an oscar for!!..that should tell you something at least!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackie Brown Bluray, 19 Jan. 2015
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Wicked movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Dec. 2014
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andrea (Wembley, Middx United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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great film
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Nov. 2014
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Very good.
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