Jackie Brown script
Jackie Brown (1997)
Synopsis: When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a man who loves her.

OPENING CREDITS:

INT. LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – DAY

We hear the rhythm of funky seventies SOUL MUSIC.

Then SHE steps into FRAME.

She is JACKIE BROWN, a stewardess dressed in her CABO AIR

uniform. (A little shuttle airline that flies from Los Angeles

to Cabo San Lucas. Approximate flight time: forty five

minutes)

Jackie stands still as a people-mover slowly inches her

through the airport. The CREDITS APPEAR and DISAPPEAR in

front of her.

Jackie Brown is a very attractive black woman in her mid

forties, though she looks like she's in her mid-thirties.

The people-mover reaches the end of the line, she steps off.

She breezes through Customs and we follow her with a STEDICAM

as she strides through the airport... She gets to her gate,

disappears inside the plane for a moment, comes back out

sans flight bag, picks up the microphone.

JACKIE:

(into mike)

Flight 710 Cabo San Lucas, now

boarding Gate 12, first class only.

With a smile on her face, she collects passengers' boarding

passes as they board the plane.

FADE TO BLACK:

TITLE CARD:

"ORDELL ROBBIE"

FADE UP ON:

EXT. FIRING RANGE – DAY

VIDEO:

A chorus line of six beautiful bikini-clad women, all holding

different automatic weapons, BLASTING away.

The cheap VIDEO TITLES to:

"CHICKS WHO LOVE GUNS"

Play over this image.

One bikini beauty is singled out. She's a gorgeous brunette

named SIDNEY. Sidney stands facing camera holding a TEC-9

and describing it.

SIDNEY:

(to camera)

Hi, I'm Sidney. And I love to TEC-9.

The popular TEC-9 is advertised by

its makers as being tough as the

toughest customer.

SIDNEY'S STATISTICS: Age, height, measurements, date of birth,

appear at the bottom lefthand corner. As Sidney continues

her sales pitch/demonstration, a BLACK MAN'S VOICE begins

talking over the video.

BLACK MAN (O.S.)

That's a TEC-9. It's a cheap ass

spray gun outta South Miami.

After a CLOSEUP of the TEC-9, Sidney FIRES the weapon.

BLACK VOICE:

Cost three-eighty retail. I get them

for two hundred and sell 'em for

eight.

INT. MELANIE'S BEACH APARTMENT – NIGHT

The Black Voice belong to forty-five-year old ORDELL ROBBIE.

Ordell wears clothes nice and likes wearing nice clothes.

Stylish, athletic wear (Reebok), heavy, black leather jackets

(Hugo Boss), warm-colored berets and baseball caps to cover

his balding head are Ordell's "look." At this moment Ordell's

wearing an open silk shirt.

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