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I mean it, don't say one fucking word.
~ Louis Gara to Melanie.

Louis Gara is the secondary antagonist of the 1992 novel Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard and its 1997 Tarantino's crime thriller film adaptation Jackie Brown. He is a small time crook, ex-con and Ordell Robbie's former friend who was actually responsible for killing Robbie's girl; Melanie only for provoking him.

Gara is a very dangerous and very manipulative person. Because of the reason that he had murdered Melanie for provoking him, that proves that he is a psychopath.

He was portrayed by Robert De Niro, who also portrayed Travis Bickle, Jimmy Conway and Ace Rothstein.

In Jackie Brown

After that Ordell Robbie returned from killing his former bondsman, Max Cherry upon the latter coaxing him, Robbie found out that his old friend Louis Gara had been released out of prison. After Gara re-befriended with Robbie, he decided to help him as a small-time crook.

Killing Melanie

Later, in the parking lot, Robbie's girl; Melanie is mocking and provoking Gara himself, so, he pissed off and pulled out his gun, shot and killed her.


Several moments after killing Melanie, Gara got into his car, there, he was confronted by Robbie. Robbie discussed with him about his plan, but then, he shot and killed him in order to avenge him for murdering Melanie.


  • Jackie Brown was De Niro's first time of working with Quentin Tarantino.