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Directed by Quentin Tarantino

United States 1997 154 mins.

Tarantino’s perhaps underappreciated crime drama stars Pam Grier as Jackie Brown, a flight attendant for a small Mexican airline who smuggles drugs for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) on the side. Ordell has a network of smugglers and couriers working for him, but also has ATF agent Nicolette (Michael Keaton) hot on his trail. Jackie, arrested for drug possession, runs out of options and takes matters into her own hands and with the help of unassuming bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), She turns the tables on everyone, although Ordell’s circle—including Bridget Fonda’s stoner surfer Melanie and Robert De Niro’s smarmy ex-con Louis—offers Jackie resistance at every step. “You savor every moment of Jackie Brown. Those who say it is too long have developed cinematic attention deficit disorder. I wanted these characters to live, talk, deceive, and scheme for hours and hours.”—Roger Ebert.