May 26th, 2011: Jackie Brown

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).

Where to Get ItPublic libraries, Netflix or  Amazon

2 comments on “May 26th, 2011: Jackie Brown

  1. sakara says:

    i gotta disagree…

    the novel and movie both have the politically correct, very hollywood, idea of white boy robert deniro having met, and become friends with, african-american samuel jackson, in jail (as a back story). JAIL IS THE LAST PLACE FOR INTER-RACIAL FRIENDSHIPS TO FORM. Jails, as many tv documentaries show, are more segregated than 1950s america, with prisoners getting killed just for being in the wrong segregated spot.

    Jack hill directed pam grier movies had more energy, and were even more honest about contemporary racism.

    Bridget Fonda’s sex scene with Deniro is kinda funny—her face isn’t shown, and if you’ve seen her naked butt in SINGLE WHITE FEMALE you can tell it’s not bridget’s naked butt when she walks away from deniro after sex.

    • professormortis says:

      You’re disagreeing with what, exactly? I don’t recall that DeNiro met Samuel L. Jackson in jail, but it’s been long enough that I could easily forget such a small detail.

      Jack Hill’s movies are great; it’s why I had a movie of the day for his birthday-Coffy. Personally, I enjoyed this movie as well. It was also a huge boost to Grier’s career, so I figured why not save additional Jack Hill films for 2012, and go with a more recent hit that allowed her to come out of bit parts in decent movies and larger roles in really terrible movies and act in more mainstream work again.

      Body doubles are used very often; for the record I don’t even remember DeNiro and Fonda’s sex scene. Their parts of the film, and Sam Jackson’s for that matter, were much weaker than those of Forester and Grier, who clearly knew they were being given a great chance to revive their careers and act in a decent movie again.

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