Jackie Brown 1997 ****

Those who decry Quentin Tarantino’s later work for its showmanship and pop-cultural trappings should take a look back to the steely control of Jackie Brown, with Pam Grier as the hostess who gets mixes up with crime in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel. Robert Forester is the cop who falls for brown, and Robert de Niro, Chris Tucker and Bridget Fonda all contribute memorably in minor roles. Tarantino uses skillful edits and a supercool selection of music, but everything is tightly reigned in on Jackie Brown’s situation so much so that’s it’s more of a drama than a thriller, with characters who breathe, charm and kill when they have to.


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