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Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda,
Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Lisa Gay Hamilton,
Tom "Tiny" Lister, Hattie Winston, Denise Crosby, Sid Haig, Aimee Graham, Ellis
E. Williams, Tangie Ambrose, T'Keyah Crystal Keymah, Venessia Valentino, Diana
Uribe, Renee Kelly, Elizabeth McInerney, Colleen Mayne, Laura Lovelace; Director:
Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed this adaptation of
Elmore Leonard's 1995 Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA, and
altering the central character from white to black. Ruthless arms dealer Ordell
Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), who lives with perpetually stoned beach-babe Melanie
(Bridget Fonda), teams with his old buddy Louis Gara (Robert De Niro), just
released from prison after serving four years for armed robbery. ATF agent Ray
Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and cop Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) bust stewardess
Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), who was smuggling money into the country for Ordell.
Ordell springs Jackie, but when middle-aged bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert
Forster) picks her up at the jail, he's attracted to her, and they choose a
romantic route with detours. Mistrust and suspicions surface after Jackie pits
Ordell and the cops against each other, convincing Ordell that she's going to
double-cross the cops. Tarantino commented on the film's budget: "Jackie Brown
only cost $12 million. You can't lose. You absolutely, positively can't lose.
And you don't have to compromise.