Cast and Crew: Elmore Leonard (Novel); Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Tiny Lister, Sid Haig, Denise Crosby
What It’s About: ATF agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) intercepts flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) with a shipment of arms dealer Ordell Robbie’s (Samuel L. Jackson) money. Unwilling to either do time for Ordell or risk his wrath, Jackie begins playing the ATF and Ordell off one another. Her only aid comes from Max Cherry (Robert Forster), the bail bondsman who is instantly smitten with Jackie when he is paid by Ordell to bail her out.
Why Watch it Today?: Jackie Brown was Quentin Tarantino’s follow-up to Pulp Ficiton, an ode to Blaxploitation and heist films, and easily his best film. Jackie Brown is also Tarantino’s love letter to American International Picture’s queen bee of exploitation, Pam Grier, who was born today in 1949. Although Jackie Brown was a box office disappointment, it did revitalize Pam Grier’s career (sadly, though co-star Robert Forster managed to get a Best Supporting Actor nomination, his career got less of a boost).