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Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and based on Elmore Leonard's 1995 bestseller RUM PUNCH, JACKIE BROWN is at once a comic crime caper and a story of real people who step over the line of legality from time to time. Five charismatic characters are chasing a half million dollars cash, and there's only on question... who's playing who.

Jackie (Pam Grier) supplements her meager income as a stewardess by smuggling cash into the U.S. for gunnrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) -- until the day an ATF agent (Michael Keaton) and an LA cop (Michael Bowman) bust her at the airport. The cops pressure her to help them bring down Ordell, threatening prison if she refuses.

With a sympathetic bailbondsman (Robert Forster), who understands her restlessness only too well, Jackie arrives at a bold, almost foolhardy plan to play off these opposing forces against each other. Matters are complicated by Ordell's confederates, Louis Gara (Robert De Niro) and Melanie Ralston (Bridget Fonda) who have agendas of their own. By appearing to cooperate with both sides, Jackie attempts to outfox them both and walk away with a half million dollar payday.

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