Trivia / Jackie Brown

  • Actor Allusion: Jackie and Max have a conversation about getting old and growing tired. Their actors, Pam Grier 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 Samuel L. Jackson naked inside a bath tub. This pic is from his role in Goodfellas.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: It was Samuel L. Jackson's idea to give his character the long hair and the braided goatee.
  • Approval of God: Elmore Leonard named this as one of his favorite adaptations of his novels.
  • Casting Gag: Sid Haig played villainous characters in a lot of blaxpoitation films opposite Pam Grier; 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.
  • Creator Cameo: Quentin Tarantino is the electronic voice on Jackie's answering machine.
  • Race Lift: Jackie Brown was white in the book.
  • What Could Have Been: Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to play Louis, while John Travolta was the first choice to play Ray Nicollete.