Director: Quentin Tarantino Run Time: 154 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1997
Starring: Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Chris Tucker, Michael Bowen, Michael Keaton
In Tarantino’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1992 novel Rum Punch, we get the battle of the wits in Jackie Brown where a flight attendant, an arms dealer, an FBI agent, a detective, a bail bondsman, and a beach bunny are all out for that bag of half a million dollars. Things kick off when flight attendant Jackie Brown gets busted from smuggling money for her boss and is faced with a decision that will either set her free or end her life. Roger Ebert said in his review that it was, “a new film in a new style, and it evokes the particular magic of Elmore Leonard–who elevates the crime novel to a form of sociological comedy.” That, plus the magic of Pam Grier, Robert Forster, and Tarantino muse Samuel L. Jackson, pretty much define this Pulp Fiction follow up.