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Coffy (1973)

R | | Action, Crime, Thriller | May 1973 (USA)
A sexy black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

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Jack Hill

Writer:

Jack Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pam Grier ... Coffy
Booker Bradshaw ... Howard Brunswick
Robert DoQui ... King George
William Elliott ... Carter
Allan Arbus ... Arturo Vitroni
Sid Haig ... Omar
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... McHenry
Lee de Broux ... Nick
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... Ramos
Lisa Farringer ... Jeri
Carol Locatell ... Priscilla (as Carol Lawson)
Linda Haynes ... Meg
John Perak ... Aleva
Mwako Cumbuka ... Grover
Morris Buchanan ... Sugarman
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Storyline

Nurse "Coffy" Coffin leads a double life. During the day, she's a nurse at work. At night, she's an avenging angel on a personal vendetta, tracking down the drug pushers who hooked her younger sister on drugs. Along the way, she meets a honest police detective who also is leading a double life. Written by blazesnakes9

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The Baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vitroni's home was actually that of western movie legend Roy Rogers. See more »

Goofs

When the cop car turns over near the end of the film, the numbers 493 can be seen on the car roof in a dark outline where obviously numbers had been removed. See more »

Quotes

Coffy: Wouldn't you want to kill somebody who had done a thing like that to your little sister?
Carter: I sure would.
Coffy: Then, you'd think it'd be right?
Carter: What? To kill some pusher who's only sellin' so he can get money to buy for himself? What good would that do, Coffy? When he's only a part of a chain that reaches all the way back to some poor farmer in Turkey or Vietnam. What would you do? Kill all of 'em?
Coffy: Well, why not? Nothing else seems to do any good!
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Alternate Versions

The film was initially rejected for UK cinema under the title "Coffey" and then passed 6 months later with minimal BBFC cuts (to the stabbing of Omar). All later releases were fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Missing Reel: Blaxploitation (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Coffy Is The Color (Main Title)
Composed by Roy Ayers (Music) and Carl Clay (Lyrics)
Arranged, produced and performed by Roy Ayers
Sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater (as Denise Bridgewater)
Backing Vocals by Wayne Garfield
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Wham! Bam! Thank you, Pam!
19 July 2002 | by DJ InfernoSee all my reviews

What a great film! After seeing "Friday Foster" last week which was a quite disappointment Pam found back to old qualities with this movie! The nerve-straining and tame political correctness of "Friday Foster" is fortunately totally missing, because "Coffy" follows straight up to some unwritten genre laws: the white are the bad guys, black ones the good - that´s how the rules of blaxploitation normally function! The story is simple: nurse Coffy takes revenge for her little sister, who was maltreated by the drug syndicate. Sometimes the film reminded me on Michael Winner´s "Death Wish", however Charles Bronson is a little milk boy in comparison to the tough and sexy Coffy: Pam shows her breasts every five minutes and when she doesn´t she kills a dozens of people instead. The scene when she blows away the head of an evil pimp is next to William Lustig´s "Maniac" the greatest headshot ever featured in a film! Loved also the hilarious girl brawl at the buffet! A great fun flick!!


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