Theatrical Release Date: December 25, 1997
Runtime: 151 minutes
Primary Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker
Tarantino’s Input: Screenplay writer, director and actor(voice only).
Theatrical Trailer: Quicktime, 6.9 MB, 160×120
Screenplay: Final version
Synopsis: The third film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the creator of Pulp Fiction, is this crime caper based on the novel ‘Rum Punch’ by Elmore Leonard. Pam Grier stars in the title role of Jackie Brown, and attractive stewardess who supplements her income by smuggling cash into the country for an illegal arms dealer–until the day federal agents bust her. The only way she’ll stay out of jail is to set up a sting to bring in a half million dollars and bring down the gun runner. In this web of dangerous characters, she should be wondering: how will she stay alive? But all she’s thinking about is: how can she make off with the money?
Connection To Other Tarantino Films:
- The part of Jackie Brown was written specifically for Pam Grier. When Quentin Tarantino first read the book Rum Punch, on which the movie is based, he missed the part in which Jackie Brown was described as a white woman. He only realized the error when adapting the screenplay and reviewing the book.
- Jackie eats food from “Teriyaki Donut”, the same place that Marsellus Wallace bought food from before being run over by Butch in Pulp Fiction.
- The suit that Jackie buys is the same that Mia Wallace wears in Pulp Fiction.
- The electronic “voice” on Jackie’s answering machine is actually that of director Quentin Tarantino.
- Jackie’s white Honda is the same car Butch Coolidge drove in Pulp Fiction when he hit Marsellus Wallace.
- Samuel L. Jackson says the line, “This is some repugnant shit” towards the end of the movie. He says this line in both Pulp Fiction and Shaft.
- According to Quentin Taranteno, 70′s actress Carol Speed originally helped out in making this film and was willing to play a small cameo part in the film. At the last minute, Tarantenio decided not to use her in the film.
- Ordell says, “He didn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out.” This line was used by Dick Ritchie in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.
- The scene where Ordell is trying to convince Beaumont to get in the trunk of the car is shot entirely from a camera in the trunk looking up at them. Similar scenes were also included in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.
DVD Features: Theatrical trailer(s), Quentin Tarantino introductions, How It Went Down Original Documentary, A Look Back At “Jackie Brown” – Interview with Quentin Tarantino, Chick with Guns Video, Siskel & Ebert “At the Movies” – “Jackie Brown” Review, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, “Jackie Brown” on MTV, Robert Forster Trailers, Pam Grier Trailers, Pam Grier Radio Spots, Still Galleries, Reviews & Articles, Number of discs: 2. Buy it at Amazon.com.