* ActorAllusion: Jackie and Max have a conversation about getting old and growing tired. Their actors, Creator/PamGrier and Robert Forster, had been big stars in the seventies but their stars had waned by the time they took this movie. Ironically, this movie revitalized their careers.
** During the sequence where Ordell is watching TV with Louis, the phone rings and he goes to the kitchen. In the fridge there's a picture of Creator/SamuelLJackson naked inside a bath tub. This pic is from his role in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
* ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/SamuelLJackson's idea to give his character the long hair and the braided goatee.
* ApprovalOfGod: Creator/ElmoreLeonard named this as one of his favorite adaptations of his novels.
* CastingGag: Sid Haig played villainous characters in a lot of blaxpoitation films opposite Creator/PamGrier; in this film, he has a cameo as a judge. When filming the scene, Grier (who didn't know he had been cast) was so shocked to see him in a lawful role that she burst out laughing.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/QuentinTarantino is the electronic voice on Jackie's answering machine.
* RaceLift: Jackie Brown was white in the book.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/SylvesterStallone originally wanted to play Louis, while Creator/JohnTravolta was the first choice to play Ray Nicollete.
** Creator/QuentinTarantino's list for Max Cherry was Creator/PaulNewman, Creator/GeneHackman, John Saxon and Robert Forster.
** Christina Applegate was considered for the role of Melanie Ralston, but she was under contract for ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.