Can't Wait Until Django Unchained? We Recommend Jackie Brown
09.19.12 by Chris
Quentin Tarantino's underrated gem
What movie? Quentin Tarantino's follow up to Pulp Fiction, 1997's Jackie Brown, starring Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Michael Keaton, Bridget Fonda, and Robert De Niro.
Why we recommend it: After the enormous success of Pulp Fiction, Tarantino threw everyone a curve ball and made Jackie Brown, based on Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch. QT said he wanted to prove he could adapt someone else's material. And with Jackie Brown, we think he did. The movie is a complex heist movie, involving a flight attendant (Grier), an illegal arms dealer (Jackson), and a bonds bailsman (Forster), and while the story is interesting and intriguing, it's the characters that make this movie stand out. Even after the movie is over, you wish you could return and just listen to these characters just carry on a conversation. Tarantino's dialogue is at its best and he proves no one can write a conversation like him. The movie revived the careers of Grier and Forster (more Forster). Though Jackie Brown didn't get as much attention as Pulp Fiction, it's just as entertaining and proved QT wasn't a one-hit wonder.
Source of Inspiration: When Tarantino was 15, he was arrested for shoplifting Leonard's novel The Switch, the first book that featured the Louis and Ordell characters.
Where to watch it: Jackie Brown is streaming on Netflix and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.