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After her sister becomes a heroin addict, a nurse (Pam Grier) takes gun in hand and goes undercover to track down the dealers responsible for her sister's condition.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

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

    Mar 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 28, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Coffy is slightly more serious and a little more inventive than it needs to be.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Throw in a frenetic soundtrack, wonderful fashions, ample servings of sex, Sid Haig as a snarling henchman, and a fistful of moustaches and afros, then you have a classic of its time.

    Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Coffy

  • Sep 13, 2009
    Pam Grier gets her revenge on the baddies that turned her sister into a drug addict. Plenty of violence, toplessness and girl-power for people who like that kind of thing, and why not. Nice soundtrack by Roy Ayres.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2009
    Outside of Car Wash, this was my first foray into blacksploitation, much to my shame. So with that, I revel in just how fantastically awesome Coffy is. This movie won't be for everyone, but for outrageous cinema or grindhouse fans, it's a feast for the senses. Pam Grier stars as the sexy bad-ass mutha Coffy, out for revenge against the scum of society. The acting here is about what you'd expect from these sorts of movies: mostly campy and WAY out there, but fun and enjoyable. Don't expect any Oscar-worthy performances. Just enjoy the ride. On a sidenote, keep an eye out for Allan Arbus, who fans may recognize as the infamous Sidney Freeman from M*A*S*H. He popped up in the main cast and I was thinking "Sidney, my man!" :D The score is the typical 70's blacksploitational fare; lots of wah wah guitar and smooth black voices. I love it and can't get it enough of it, particularly the pimp's theme which repeats 'George' over and over again. Hilarious and groovy. I can't really find any faults with this flick because it's not meant to be anymore than what it is, and that's ok because I enjoy the hell out of it. Pam Grier kicking the underworld's ass, all the while being sexy AND bad, but most people won't get it. It's blacksploitation, action, sexiness (there are tits popped out in a LOT of scenes), cheesy dialogue, explosions, guns and car chases. You'd be hard-pressed not to have a good time with this one.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2009
    My dear Ms. Grier. Has there ever been, or will there ever be another piece of chocolate sex as ass kicking as she? I doubt it. Jack Hill, never one to bow to delicate sensibilities, brings us one of the greatest vigilante, sexploitation, blacksploitatin, films ever. There's bullets flyin' and breasts a-bouncin' as Pam Grier (a.k.a. The most smokin' black actress of all time) runs through pimps, pushers, cops and politicians like fans of Ms. Grier's titties ran through hand lotion (it's a masturbation reference, ya get it?). This flick contains one of the most unabashedly, un-p.c. deaths of a black man I've ever seen on film. I had to laugh at the sheer audacity. It also contains one of my favorite cat fights of all time. Six women fighting and by the end not one breast is left unexposed (now that's film making). And I've got to add, NOBODY plays a scumbag piece of shit like Sid Haig. Although Foxy Brown (another great movie, no argument) gets all the attention, Coffy is definitely my pick me up.
    Shane D Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2008
    fun, nudity riddled and action packed with pam grier as coffy baby... the woman who takes out the bad guys in true old skool action movie style. i'd never really seen grier in anything except tarantinos jackie brown. so this is where she made her name! always enjoy it in a film when a woman knows how to handle a piece or has a revenge trip! coffy is sizzling!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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