If casting were the whole of filmmaking, this would be CITIZEN KANE. That this modest crime thriller can't quite live up to its audacious dance across so many strata of hip and hommage
and self-referential cool it makes your head spin is
hardly a surprise, or even a criticism. Down on her luck L.A. stewardess Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is helping self-aggrandizing gun runner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson) move his ill-gotten gains from Mexico to the U.S. She gets busted by the ATF, which wants to use her to get Ordell, who hires
bail bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster) to get Jackie out. But she's put her time behind bars to good use, working out a plan t...