Movie Reviews: Jackie Brown

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     Miramax (2hr. 10 min.)
     Five charismatic characters, who are chasing half million dollars in cash, start playing each other for the entire bundel.
     Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Rober Forster, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
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     Pam Grier stars airline stewardess Jackie Brown, who supplements her meager income by smuggling cash from Mexico into the United States for gunrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). All's well until she's caught by the Feds who give her the option of going to jail, or helping them catch her boss. That's the simple version of the story. Actually, Jackie Brown  is a complicated story of a woman trapped by her gangster boss, and scheming FBI agents. Grier, who gives an Oscar worthy performance, thinks she had a plan to fix both her boss and the cops, and getaway with the loot.
     Jackie Brown is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) which means it has a jammin' soundtrack (Bobby Womack, Randy Crawford, Delfonics, Bill Withers and the Brother's Johnson) characteristic of Tarantino films.
     The black humor and one-liners of Jackie Brown, which was adopted for the screen from Elmore Leonard's novel, plays like "Get Shorty," another Leonard novel adopted for the screen a couple of years ago. But it's also Tarantino's homage to the blaxploita- tion genre told in the Tarantino style.


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