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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
Jun 13, 1973 Wide
Dec 26, 2001
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Jack Hill directs for maximal suspense, violence, and voyeuristic appeal (which Grier certainly embodies).
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.
The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms.
Leaves a viewer with the happy thought that she now can get back to nursing and away from films like Coffy.
Coffy is slightly more serious and a little more inventive than it needs to be.
Are these righteous breasts, or breasts of righteousness? Can they really be both at once?
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.
The film totally revolves around Pam and she carries the film with a lethal and sexy punch.
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.
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.
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