QUENTIN TARANTINO | USA | 1997 | 154 MIN | R | 35 MM
This screening will feature live music 30 minutes prior to start time.
Adapted from a novel by GET SHORTY and OUT OF SIGHT scribe Elmore Leonard, JACKIE BROWN brilliantly marries the author’s trademark with Quentin Tarantino’s trademark brand of chatty weirdness. Like its predecessor PULP FICTION, the film portrays a sprawling, seedy Los Angeles populated by bumbling con artists, loquacious stoners, all other manner of shifty, brainy oddball. At the heart of the melee is 44-year-old Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), a flight attendant stuck working at a down-market airline who makes ends meet running cash across the border for gun runner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson). After getting caught by the police, Jackie’s forced to negotiate a tricky balance: cooperating with the feds while keeping Ordell convinced of her loyalty. A plan is hatched in which every player seems to have an ulterior motive, but no one has more to lose (or gain) than Jackie herself. Facing the nearly impossible task of following up the juggernaut success of PULP FICTION, JACKIE BROWN was seen as a relative disappointment upon its release. But time has been kind to JACKIE, and the film has deservingly amassed critical recognition and a cult following for its rich, idiosyncratic, and brilliantly acted take on the crime thriller.
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda
“You savor every moment of Jackie Brown… I wanted these characters to live, talk, deceive and scheme for hours and hours.” –Roger Ebert
Once Upon a Time in…Tarantino’s LA
Grab your Big Kahuna burger, Red Apple cigs, pop on some K-Billy Super Sounds of the 70s and return to the seedier side of Quentin Tarantino’s Los Angeles. With the anticipated release of the celebrated auteur’s outrageous 9th film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, there has never been a better time to revisit his now patented pop-culture drenched dialogue, unnerving set pieces (Mexican stand off and all), and inspired soundtracks taken from only the best record collector bins. With these three films Tarantino established a unique cinematic language that not only flexed his encyclopedic knowledge of film history and forgotten video rental store gems, but also introduced art house to the masses. College dorm walls were never the same since.