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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 gunrunner Ordell Robbie's former friend who was responsible for killing Robbie's girl, Melanie.

He was portrayed by Robert De Niro, who also portrayed Vito Corleone, Travis Bickle, Jimmy Conway, Al Capone, Max Cady, Neil McCauley, Gil Renard, Fearless Leader and Ace Rothstein.


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 from prison. After Gara re-befriended with Robbie, he decided to help him as a small-time crook.

Later, in the parking lot, Robbie's girl; Melanie is mocking and provoking Gara, so he 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 working with Quentin Tarantino.