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Cinematic Time Machine: Jackie Brown

Sunday 29th October


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Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson

Rating: 15

USA 1997, 154mins

When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) wants her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money...

If Pulp Fiction is a shot of adrenaline administered straight to the heart, Jackie Brown, based on Elmore Leonardís 1992 novel Rum Punch, is more like a late night drinking session in a smoky dive bar. A more mature film that Tarantino hasn't quite followed up on since, preferring to double down on the OTT genre-infected style that made him, Jackie Brown is all about character and dialogue. It's perhaps his finest work, as long as you don't expect fireworks. This is all about the slow burn.