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Festivale online magazine, March 1998
Jackie Brown movie review
Jackie Brown

Quentin Tarantino films are a bit like the old Batman series -- it's 'in' to have a part in them.

Jackie Brown certainly has some well-known names and some names known best to the cult movie-goers. Jackie Brown (Pam Crier) is a fallen stewardess, reduced to a cheap airline and acting as mule for an unpleasant gun-running hoodlum (Samuel L. Jackson).

She is stopped by customs and her efforts get extricate herself from between the rock and the hard place, hopefully saving herself from jail or death is the basic thread of the film. She is aided by a tired bail bondsman (Forster).

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The caper film is a mainstay of cinema, it has been done best when approached with style and wit (The Italian Job and How to Steal a Million).

This film is not to the same standard. It is filled with black men trying to set a record for instances of the word "nigger" in a film), the characters are generally self-centred, immoral and self-serving. Whom are the audience supposed to relate to? Do we really want to spend 120 minutes or so with them in their world?

I found it contrived, uninvolving and pedestrian, but I'm sure there are many who admire the emperor's new clothes.

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Title: Jackie Brown (1997)
Written by: based on the novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard, Quentin Tarantino 
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino 
Produced by: Lawrence Bender, Richard N. Gladstein, Paul Hellerman, Elmore Leonard, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Edited by: Sally Menke 
Director of Photography: Guillermo Navarro 

The Players: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton, Robert De Niro
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