CINEMA HOTSEAT; JACKIE BROWN: Starring Pam Grier, Samuel L Jackson, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. (18), 154 Minutes
Magee, Nicola, Sunday Mirror (London, England)
JACKIE Brown bears all the hallmarks of a successful Quentin Tarantino movie.
It does not have the in-your-face, bloodthirsty violence of Reservoir Dogs or the complex plot within a plot of Pulp Fiction.
But it does have Pam Grier, who plays Jackie Brown, a forty-ish air stewardess who grabs her last chance to make something of her life - with terrifying consequences.
Jackie boosts her meagre salary by smuggling cash into America for gun runner Ordell Robbie, played brilliantly by Sam L Jackson.
But the law catches up with her in the shape of agent Ray Nicolette, played by Michael Keaton.
Nicolette threatens to lock her up unless she helps him bring in the gun runner.
So she devises a hair- raising plan which she hopes will save her skin as well as netting her a nest egg to help her retire in style.
Jackie gets some help from sympathetic bail bondsman Max Cherry, played by B-movie and television star Robert Forster.
But she also has to outwit Ordell's girlfriend Melanie, played by Bridget Fonda, who is always on the make, and his jailbird pal Luis Gara (Robert De Niro).
De Niro turns in a great performance as a hardened criminal who has spent most of his life behind bars. …