Jackie Brown is a 1997 American crime thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.
The film's supporting cast includes Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. It was Tarantino's third film following Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).
Grier and Forster were both veteran actors but neither had performed a leading role in many years. The film garnered Forster an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and Golden Globe Award nominations for Jackson and Grier.
Jackie Brown is a flight attendant for a small Mexican airline.
To make ends meet, she smuggles money from Mexico into the United States for Ordell Robbie, a black-market gun runner living in the Los Angeles metropolitan area under the ATF's close watch, forcing him to use couriers.
Ordell learns that another of his couriers, Beaumont Livingston, has been arrested.
Assuming that Livingston will become an informant in order to avoid jail time, Ordell arranges for bail with bondsman Max Cherry, then coaxes Livingston into a car trunk and murders him.
Acting on information Beaumont had already shared, ATF agent Ray Nicolette and LAPD detective Mark Dargus intercept Jackie as she returns to the United States with Ordell's cash and some cocaine that Brown was unaware was stashed in her bag.
Initially refusing to cut a deal, she is sent to jail which alerts Ordell that she might also be a threat to inform.
Having received payment from Ordell, Max picks up Jackie from the jail and begins to develop an attraction to her.