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Coffy (1973)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Writer-director Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Switchblade Sisters) managed to beat Death Wish to the screens by a year with this violent tale of a citizen touched by crime and deciding to fight back. Her little 11-year old sister is a hopeless addict, the police can't help, and poor Nurse "Coffy" Coffin (Pam Grier) has no choice but to take the law into her own hands. Posing as a Jamaican prostitute, Coffy infiltrates the lairs of pimp King George (Robert DoQui) and kingpin pusher Vitroni (Allan

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Classics, Action & Adventure

Jack Hill

Dec 26, 2001

MGM

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (5) | DVD (7)

Jack Hill directs for maximal suspense, violence, and voyeuristic appeal (which Grier certainly embodies).

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Grier, a statuesque actress with a body she doesn't hesitate to show, is strongly cast. Booker Bradshaw as a city politician and William Elliott as an honest cop score well.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Leaves a viewer with the happy thought that she now can get back to nursing and away from films like Coffy.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Coffy is slightly more serious and a little more inventive than it needs to be.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Are these righteous breasts, or breasts of righteousness? Can they really be both at once?

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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Grier is the movie's bristling force

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

If you're looking for nonstop, no-holds-barred exploitation, look no further. Pam Grier's first solo starring role is an enormously entertaining black action classic.

March 28, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The film totally revolves around Pam and she carries the film with a lethal and sexy punch.

January 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's no denying the film's savage power

January 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If only for Grier's performance, Coffy is a must see.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Judging by the talents she displays in this action drama, Pam Grier might yet emerge as the first black female superstar in today's market.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

If you think the latest crop of skinny white girls (Diaz, Alba, Garner, Gellar, et al.) knows how to kick ass, then you need to educate yourself with a little jolt of Coffy.

October 23, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Coffy

While this film isn't 100% great as far as technical stuff, or acting, it definitely promises what it delivers. This is one of the most famous, influential, and noteworthy blaxploitation films on the 1970s. Although she had film roles before this, this is the film that made Pam Grier's career. Without this character (and a few other lead female roles from otehr blaxploitation films), there wouldn't be any badass female action heroes like Ellen Ripley, Sarah Connor, or Lara Croft. It's that simple. Yeah, this movie is a little cheesy, and features some questionable morals and actions, but it's hard not to like a sassy tough chick who fights dirty by hiding razor blades in her afro.
The music kicks ass too. I'm surprised the soundtrack for this isn't as well known as the ones for Shaft and Super Fly.

If you like urban action movies, blaxploitation films, revenge flicks, and have a thing for 70s cinema in general, you really need to see this if you haven't done so already.
August 7, 2010
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If you only watch one blaxploitation movie make it this one. There is much fun to be had in many films of the genre, but here the central performance by Pam Grier is monumental. She may not be the greatest actress in the world, but what presence, and when the big boys fall for her at the wink of an eye, it is believable. Perhaps at the end it is a little over the top, that on such a serious mission a guy would pause for a quickie, but then?. This measured, involving and exciting. There is much violence, including the most wonderful massed cat fight, and much gratuitous violence. In fact during the aforementioned cat fight, all the girls involved have their breasts spill out one after the other. The dialogue is fine and scenes are not overlong as they can be in this genre. Also, the costumes have to get a mention and impressive as Grier's are it's the top bad boys that really come up trumps, as for the top pimp's jump suit, in yellow, what can I say?
October 17, 2009
matertenebraum

Super Reviewer

Another great Grier/Hill blaxploitation collaboration, you just know somebody?s gonna lose a dick!
September 30, 2009
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