Jackie Brown

Rated R 154 minutes 1997

Adapting Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch for his third feature (1997), Quentin Tarantino puts together a fairly intricate and relatively uninvolving money-smuggling plot, but his cast is so good that you probably won't feel cheated unless you're hoping for something as show-offy as Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. A flight attendant (70s blaxploitation queen Pam Grier, agreeably treated here like a goddess) gets caught smuggling gun money for an arms dealer (Samuel L. Jackson in his prime) and has to work out her loyalties to him, her bail bondsman (Robert Forster, agreeably treated like a noir axiom), the law (including Michael Keaton), and her own interests. Robert De Niro does a fine character part, and Bridget Fonda is very sexy.

Film Credits

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Producer: Lawrence Bender, Richard N. Gladstein, Paul Hellerman, Elmore Leonard, Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein

Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Lisa Hamilton, Tommy ``Tiny'' Lister Jr., Hattie Winston and Aimee Graham

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