Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities
This Christmas, Santa's got a brand new bag. Six players on the trail of a half a million in cash. There's on one question... who's playing who?
Jackie (Pam Grier) supplements her meagre income as a stewardess by smuggling cash into the USA for gunrunner Ordell Robbie (Samuel L Jackson) - until the day ATF Special Agent Tay Nicolet (Michael Keaton) and LA detective Sergeant Mark Dargus (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 bail bondsman (Robert Forster as Max Cherry), 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 co-operate with both sides, Jackie attempts to out-fox them both and walk away with a half million dollar payday.
Also starring Chris Tucker as Beaumont Livingston and Thomas "Tiny" Lister as Winston. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and based on Elmore Leonard's Rum punch.
Special Agent Matti
A highly original auteur who has been caught up by the rest of the world.
That's the trouble with being successful: people see your success and copy it, especially in Hollywood, where success and original are never used in the same sentence.
But it's still very entertaining: lots of deception, betrayal, twists, turns and low-life scum. The acting is great, the white trash is great, the drama is great... so just see it!
Security censorship classification
MA 15+ (Medium level coarse language, drug use)
154 minutes (2:34 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 14 November 2001