Jackie Brown

Pam Grier proves that there is life after blaxploitation. One hell of a hot, hip, cool, slick lady, Pam proves that moving on is not just a trip along the conveyor belt of life or even an L.A. airport. She's a mover on the run when two not too sharp dudes in blue try to hang a wrap on her that will cramp her style. All she really wants to do is spend the time she has left getting ready to arrange something better for the times to come. Can anyone blame her, considering the way the world treats us all? Moving all that cash for dubious figures from Mexico was not on her job description. This is one stewardess (sorry, flight attendant) flying high while no one is supposed to notice. The stash with the cash was not supposed to be there. It is and she's caught between a rock and a hard place. But this is one hell of a lady, as we said before. How do you think she'll manage? Well, you just gotta see it to find out.

Tarantino's world this time around shows figures from an Elmore Leonard book which will probably do for the 90's what noir did for our forefathers. A cast led by Grier features one eye-catching and audience consuming performance after the next by Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Robert de Niro, Michael Keaton, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, Thomas "Tiny" Lister, and a masterful return to the screen by Robert Foster. And we ain't talkin' 'bout no cameos here, dudes.

Regarding the title role, Grier says, "Jackie never gives up. She uses her wits to win, but on her own terms with her own method, style, and intelligence. She's not a good victim. That's what I like about her, which I am not. I'm not a good victim. I've had the will to survive for twenty years in this business and I've got the scars to show for it."

The Q.T. has proven to all doubting Thomases that he's got what it takes to come up with the goods when he's got a mind to. And isn't it great to see talents around like Miss Grier and Mr. Foster who've been missing from the high profile lenses a little too long. So much nicer to see BIG talent than molded plastic derivatives that have been appearing of late in some other films.

And now it's time for a cool, refreshing Rum Punch, don't you think?

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