"Based on the book 'Rum punch' by Elmore Leonard"--Container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
CPL DVD# 1131807
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The story of a jailed stewardess out on bail who works with the cops to catch the sneaky arms smuggler (for whom she was imprisoned) during a transfer of half a million dollars into the United States from Mexico. Each of the six characters in the story is dealing with their own motivations and ultimately their six own individual plans. It's your typical Tarantino crime drama, filled with multiple perspectives to an intertwining storyline and dripping with delightful dialogue that is just ever-so-quotable.
One in a series of "Black Exploitation" movies, this Tarantino movie has non of that Tarantino, in your face style of Kill Bill. This is a movie about a 40 something woman who lives an ordinary life, but has made mistakes that may put her in jail. Performances by DeNiro, Smart, and Jackson were all good , but Pam Greer was a little off. Seemed disconnected really. She can act better.
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Other: Characters smoke marijuana. Alcohol is consumed (and, as the film is based on a book called Rum Punch, it's usually that specific drink). Cigarettes are smoked.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some people may find the use of guns frightening and the sound of the shot may be sudden and might be considered a shock or jump scare.
Sexual Content: A ten-second glimpse of a man thrusting into a woman from behind as they stand upright and her bare backside after she walks away. (No nudity other than that brief shot.)
Violence: The least violent of all Tarantino films. It consists of the sound of a gun going off in the distance with no blood seen; a few sprays of blood from a man and a woman being shot point-blank (although the audience doesn't see the bullet hit so much as assume it does); and some blood on a man's chest from a bullet wound.
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"Aw, the milk went bad while I was in jail."
"Well, I've flown seven million miles. And I've been waiting on people almost 20 years. The best job I could get after my bust was Cabo Air, which is the worst job you can get in this industry. I make about sixteen thousand, with retirement benefits that ain't worth a damn. And now with this arrest hanging over my head, I'm scared. If I lose my job I gotta start all over again, but I got nothing to start over with. I'll be stuck with whatever I can get."
"You can't trust Melanie, but you can trust Melanie to be Melanie."
"I'm 56 years old. I can't blame anybody else for something I did."
"Now that there is the Tec-9, a crappy spray gun from South Miami. This gun is advertised as the most popular gun in American crime. Do you believe that shit? It actually says that in the little book that comes with it: the most popular gun in American crime. Like they're actually proud of that shit."
"How did you ever rob a bank? When you robbed banks, did you forget where your car was then, too? No wonder you went to jail."