An Evening with Pam Grier, featuring Jackie BrownPurchase Tickets
Sunday, April 8
Location: Enzian Theater
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House, about a women’s penitentiary, and The Big Bird Cage. Her strong performances put her into a five-year contract with Samuel Z. Arkoff of American-International Pictures, and she became a leading lady in action films such as Jack Hill’s Coffy and Foxy Brown, the comic strip character Friday Foster, and William Girdler’s Sheba, Baby. She continued working with American-International, where she portrayed William Marshall’s vampire victim in the Blacula sequel, Scream Blacula Scream.
During the 1980s she became a regular on Miami Vice and played a supporting role as an evil witch in Ray Bradbury’s and Walt Disney Pictures’ Something Wicked This Way Comes, then returned to action as Steven Seagal’s partner in Above the Law. Her most famous role of the 1990s was probably Jackie Brown, directed by Quentin Tarantino, which was an homage to her earlier 1970s action roles, She occasionally did supporting roles, as in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks!, In Too Deep, and a funny performance in Jawbreaker. She also appeared in John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars and co-starred with Snoop Dogg in Bones. Her entire career of over 40 years has brought only success for this beautiful and talented actress.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
USA, 1997, 154 MIN
“Shut your raggedy-ass up and sit the fuck down!” For his third film, Quentin Tarantino adapted the Elmore Leonard novel Rum Punch, switching the action from Miami to LA and changing the central character from white to black (thank heavens!). A witty homage to both Leonard’s crime fiction and the blaxploitation genre of the 1970s, it tells the story of Jackie Brown (Pam Grier), a desperate flight attendant who has been running cash for Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), a small-time Los Angeles arms dealer. Ordell lives with perpetually stoned beach bunny Melanie (Bridget Fonda) and teams with his old buddy Louis (Robert DeNiro), just out of prison. When Jackie is busted by an earnest ATF agent (Michael Keaton), she figures that the only way out of her dilemma is to double-cross both parties. She joins forces with a chivalrous bail bondsman (Robert Forster) and crafts a plan to steal half-a-million dollars in cash from Ordell even as she nails him for the Feds. An Oscar® nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Forster) and double Golden Globe® nominee for Best Actress (Grier) and Best Actor (Jackson), the wildly entertaining Jackie Brown is an explosive mix of edgy humor and intense action that gets better with each viewing.
Ms. Grier will be in attendance for a Q&A following the film. A Meet & Greet is also available after her Q&A for patrons who buy a Backstage Pass. The Backstage Pass includes the event, along with a meet & greet and photo opportunity afterwards. Patrons must supply their own camera for the photo opportunity.