in about 100 words or less
US 154m, Colour
Director: Quentin Tarantino; Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro
Jackie Brown is dark comedic crime film adapted from the 1992 Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch which stars Pam Grier, whose work in “blaxploitation” films as Foxy Brown (1974) and Coffy (1973), among other during the 1970s, was reprised by Tarantino’s engaging homage to the genre. Jackie’s deal making and double-crossing are the heart of the film which is set to a variety of popular period music which plays a small but tangible role in character development and a substantial part in setting the mood of the film. As with all of Tarantino’s work, the dialogue is clever, witty, and always entertaining. Likewise, non-linear elements to the story line keep the lengthy production moving quickly and in interesting ways (Klaus Ming December 2011).