Jackie Brown

1997

Jackie Brown

Critics Consensus

Although somewhat lackadaisical in pace, Jackie Brown proves to be an effective star-vehicle for Pam Grier while offering the usual Tarantino wit and charm.

87%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 82

85%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 215,000
User image

Jackie Brown Photos

Movie Info

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." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Watch it now

Cast

Pam Grier
as Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson
as Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster
as Max Cherry
Michael Keaton
as Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro
as Louis Gara
Michael Bowen
as Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker
as Beaumont Livingston
Sid Haig
as Judge
Denise Crosby
as Public Defender
Quentin Tarantino
as Voice on Answering Machine
Ellis Williams
as Cockatoo Bartender
Laura Lovelace
as Steakhouse Waitress
Tangie Ambrose
as Billingsley Sales Girl No. 2
T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
as Raynelle/Ordell's Junkie Friend
Venessia Valentino
as Cabo Flight Attendant
Diana Uribe
as Anita Lopez
Renee Kelly
as Cocktail Waitress
Elizabeth McInerney
as Bartender at Sam's
Colleen Mayne
as Girl at Security Gate
Christine Lydon
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Julia Ervin
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Juliet Lon
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Michelle Berube
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Gillian Iliana Waters
as Chick Who Loves Guns
Gary Mann
as Deputy
Roy Nesvold
as Sheriff
View All

News & Interviews for Jackie Brown

Critic Reviews for Jackie Brown

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (20)

  • A twisty comedy of betrayal and greed.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Surprisingly, Tarantino displays less confidence assembling it than he did in the earlier film. At more than two hours, it's simply too long, or at least it seems so.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The tale is filled with funny, gritty Tarantino lowlife gab and a respectable body count, but what is most striking is the film's gallantry and sweetness.

    Mar 13, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 13, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The film is more Jarmusch than Peckinpah -- its soul is in the minutiae.

    Mar 13, 2007

    David Edelstein

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • Offers an abundance of pleasures, especially in the realm of characterization and atmosphere.

    Mar 13, 2007

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Jackie Brown

  • Jan 19, 2016
    I never really quite clicked with this one, and I think that's because this is the only QT movie he didn't invent the story for. It's well made and the performances are memorable but there's not much in the storyline that resonates with me......
    Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2014
    What's often considered Tarantino's sophomore slump may be lacking in the director's penchant for bloodshed, but it's got more than enough strength of narrative and character to make up for the loss.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2014
    The one Tarantino film I'd never got round to seeing. Like the rest of his films he gets the casting spot on here. The problem is the source material. The story just isn't juicy enough to sustain the 2.5 hour running time he gives it. Thus we have scenes that add nothing or just go on way too long. Yes, it allows the actor to show how good they are in the role but it makes the film a chore and Tarantino films should NEVER be a chore! I can't see myself revisiting this one again.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2013
    Jackie Brown is, in my opinion, Quentin Tarantino's weakest film. Tarantino's characters are typically ultra-interesting, written with genius dialogue, but I found myself completely uninterested in any of the dialogue, and even less in the characters. Particularly the female protagonist (played by Pam Grier) and the character Ordell (Samuel L. Jackson), who seemed like a dumber version of his part in Pulp Fiction. The plot is just about people chasing a large sum of money; something Tarantino has more or less visited before, but it's just not as smartly done this time. It has his signature style, but it's not as jumpy and energetic as it usually is. I just didn't connect with this film at all.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

Jackie Brown Quotes

News & Features