Jackie Brown: A Cult Classic From Lawrence Bender Productions

Famed film director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his notable movie catalog full of cult classic films that showcase A-list talent and tell great stories.

From the very start of his filmmaking career, Tarantino had Lawrence Bender at his side as a producer. Bender had a common vision with helping the fledgling writer and director’s ideas come to life in the form of timeless films. In 1992, Lawrence Bender produced “Reservoir Dogs,” a cinematic crime thriller that debuted to much fanfare across the globe and rocketed Bender and Tarantino to Hollywood prominence.

The success of “Reservoir Dogs” led to the beginning of a fruitful alliance in the filmmaking world, which made the names Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender synonymous with gutsy movie production. After its 1992 debut, Lawrence Bender Productions went on a roll alongside Tarantino to release a number of other classic films, including “Pulp Fiction,” “From Dusk till Dawn,” and the underrated “Jackie Brown.”

Bender and Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown stars Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda, and Michael Keaton. The 1997 film’s all-star cast collectively teams up to deliver stellar performances in another Tarantino-written and directed crime thriller. This offering is the fourth film that came to fruition after the historic alliance between Bender and Tarantino came to pass.

Tarantino’s screenplay for “Jackie Brown” was converted from author Elmore Leonard’s 1992 novel titled “Rum Punch.” This is the only script Tarantino ever wrote, which was created as an adaptation. He is not known for making biopics or converting stories from books into films. This fact reinforces the nature of Tarantino as a complete original when it comes to filmmaking, which is why Bender has worked with him.

Though “Jackie Brown” is a story that was derived from a previously concocted story, it still has its own identity and is still a cult classic among the illustrious catalog of films in the Bender/Tarantino super catalog. Tarantino has only had three of his many releases not be produced by Bender. However, Hollywood’s earth will certainly shake if two of America’s best filmmakers reunite their magic once again.

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