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A blaxploitation classic! Possibly Pam Grier's best movie.
Infofreak5 March 2003
Pam Grier made many movies in the 1970s, but 'Coffy' as much as anything, is the one role on which her reputation as the Queen of blaxploitation rests. After a bit part in a Russ Meyer movie (his classic 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls'), Jack Hill, former Roger Corman protege and director of the creepy cult favourite 'Spider Baby', "discovered" her and gave her two strong roles in his popular chicks-in-chains movies 'The Big Doll House' and 'The Big Bird Cage'. Then Hill wrote and directed 'Coffy', a hugely entertaining revenge thriller that really showcases Pam Grier's talent and charisma to the max. The movie was hugely successful and made Grier an exploitation superstar. Instead of a female James Bond character like Cleopatra Jones, Hill made Coffy a regular working class black woman (a nurse as a matter of fact), who must use her brains and looks to achieve her goal - revenge for the drug addiction of her kid sister. The movie crosses elements seen in the male blaxploitation classics of the period like 'Superfly' and 'Shaft' with the vigilante genre which would really kick off with the success of 'Death Wish' the following year (yup, 'Coffy' PREDATES 'Death Wish', so let's get that straight). Grier is sensational in this movie. She can act, she's tough, she pulls off the action scenes with credibility, and of course she looks great, and there is a fair bit of nudity. Grier went on to movies like 'The Arena', 'Sheba, Baby' and 'Drum' before the blaxploitation boom burst, but it's a pity that she only made one more movie with Jack Hill ('Foxy Brown') because they were a dynamite team bringing out the best in each other. 'Coffy' has some interesting supporting cast members including Allan Arbus (best know to fans of TV's 'M.A.S.H.') as Mob boss Vitroni, future 'Robocop' actor Robert DoQui as flamboyant pimp King George, and the brilliant Sid Haig as the sleazy Omar. Haig was a regular Grier co-star throughout the 1970s and Jack Hill's favourite actor ever since his breakthrough role in 'Spider Baby'. If you really want to understand why so many movie buffs from Quentin Tarantino on down worship Pam Grier then 'Coffy' is THE movie to watch. Arguably her best movie, it's a blaxploitation classic and still great viewing thirty years later! Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in 1970s exploitation or crime movies.
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Pam Brier is a sensation!
El-Stumpo8 October 2003
By 1973 AIP had struck paydirt many times over with Black Caesar and its sequel, the two Slaughter films, several black/horror hybrids like Blacula, and of course the jungle prison sleazies, and now their first black superchick flick Coffy went into production. Jack Hill (The Big Doll House, The Big Bird Cage) was at the helm again, along with the tried-and-tested formula of Pam Grier and Sid Haig. Coffy is a nurse by day and avenging angel at night, tracking down the dealers who got her sister hooked on the Big H. She opens the film blowing the head off a dealer with a shotgun, then follows the trail of dead bodies to a bald hood named Omar and her crooked politician boyfriend, who she shoots in the balls. "Revenge is a virtue", the soundtrack blares; critics applauded the liberated ballsy lead character while decrying the level of sex and sadism. As revenge actioners go, Coffy don't come better. Grier in her first lead role is a sensation. Little wonder Tarantino tailor-made a film for her.
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10/10
Pam, Pam, Pam. Blam.
GroovyDoom20 January 2001
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Pure action film nirvana, "Coffy" has got to be one of the slickest pieces of entertainment ever created, not to mention a fantastic "Blaxploitation" cinema experience. It's a credit to everyone involved in the film that the story could be so gratuitously nonsensical and contrived and still seem completely logical while it's happening. It's like a comic book come to life.

Pam Grier plays Coffy, a nurse who goes on a murderous rampage after her sister overdoses on drugs supplied by a "pusher" who knows that Coffy is sending her money. From the opening scene, where Coffy pulls a severely-sawed-off shotgun out of her macramé purse to blast a big- time drug dealer to hell, the frantic pace never lets up until the bitter, seething end.

After making her first "hit", Coffy's vengeance is further stoked when her do-good cop friend is taken out by the dirty dealers for not accepting a payoff. Coffy blows her top and takes some time off work to really go for the jugular, working her way through the city's drug cartel by posing as a Jamaican hooker named "Mystique". It's not hard--she gets the vital information in a hilarious scene involving a woman named Priscilla, whose "old man," Harriet, turns out to be more than Coffy bargained for.

The genius in the film is in the way that Coffy manages to manipulate her way through all of these scenarios. Even the hardest criminals are putty in her hands, and she never looks more beautiful than when she is covered in scratches, grime, and wielding a shotgun. She has a seemingly endless bag of tricks, several of which involve weapons hidden in her astonishing afro. She's comfortable around a gun, but she'll use any old thing lying around to wreak her vengeance: a broken wine bottle, a hypodermic needle full of dope, a makeshift shiv, even a convenient rock lying on the side of the road.

By the time the climax rolls around, the film has become deliriously exciting, building continuously upwards until you think it might collapse in on itself. But it doesn't. "Coffy" stands tall, even over the strains of a closing song that tells us "Revenge is a virtue." This film is perfect in every way.
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the best Pam Grier movie!
batzu12 December 2002
if you've always wondered what was so great about Pam Grier, and haven't seen any of her movies from the seventies, look no further than Coffy. Coffy has it all, violence, pimps, drugs, nudity, sex, and it's served up with some severe camp and crazy dialogue. what sets this movie apart from other blaxploitaion movies is the excellent story and powerful performance of Miss Grier. I don't think anyone else could have pulled it off, and despite the low budget ambiance and feeling the movie took about a couple of weeks to make, Grier gives a performance worthy of her cult reverence.

the movie is a typical revenge story, with a not so typical hero-a black woman. Coffy's sister is hooked on smack and Coffy vows to herself to destroy the people responsible. Coffy works as a nurse by day, and prowls the clubs by night looking for the pusher who destroyed her sister's mind with drugs. Her search leads her to a pimp, a mobster, the cops, and a politician. In the end, she takes care of them all using her brains as well as her body, and damn do she have a body! Pam Grier makes this movie believable despite the obvious flaws of the low budget production. Her character never shows the weak side of femininity and fall into the ethos that women are at some point weaker than men. Coffy never breaks down to cry for help, waiting for a man or anyone else to help her-she does it all on her own. she kicks ass all over, and no other movie has done that with a female character, at least not anything credible. Coffy makes Thelma and Louise look like Laverne and Shirley.

Pam went on to make more movies of this ilk, but none were as popular nor as good as Coffy. what about Foxy Brown you ask? despite a better title, it doesn't compare to Coffy in either performance or content. Coffy served to bring Pam Grier into the main stream, as much as any black actress could be, and make her a star. all i can say is, thank you Quentin Tarentino for making Jackie Brown and proving her power and presence as an actress. See this movie, then see Jackie Brown, you'll see why Tarentino made it.
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One of the best exploitation films ever
funkyfry8 October 2002
Excellently filmed, directed, and written. One of the best action films of the 70s, equally as sadistic as any Italian or German "S and M" movies. Scenes of black man being tied and dragged by car make a modern audience VERY uncomfortable! Pam Grier shows it all! I dig the scene with her and the leather chick with the junky girlfriend. Jack Hill should be praised for bringing us the gem of a movie!
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She WILL cream you!
davidbyrne7716 April 2004
In hindsight I should have watched this before Foxy Brown, as this was the better movie. However, it seems that Foxy is far more memorable, with it's over-the-top violence. This one's pretty violent as well, and has all the Pam Grier scenes that you'd expect. Coffy offing a drug pusher in the first few minutes, having a touching family moment, fighting a room full of women that results in everyone's top being janked off, some bad guys nuts getting blown off (literally, not figuratively), and, of course, Pam trading blows with at least 2 lesbians at once. Still, this one has a little more integrity than Foxy, being that it was made first and was a little tamer. Check out Sidney Freidman from M*A*S*H as a sleazy bad guy! This movie passes the time quite nicely.
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9/10
Coffy? I'll have mine hot, sweet and black.
BA_Harrison17 June 2012
Quentin Tarantino's fixation with Pam Grier, the star of Coffy, resulted in him casting her as the lead in his 1997 movie Jackie Brown; QT's worship of the actress really comes as no surprise—she's a B-movie nerd's wet dream come true, a foxy, feisty, take-no-crap bad-ass mama with a body to die for. Grier's unforgettable performance, along with no-nonsense direction from Jack Hill and an excellent supporting cast (including Hill regular Sid Haig) ensure that Coffy is not only one of the best blaxploitation films ever, but also one of the best exploitation films of any type, period.

The film combines all the trappings one expects from a pimped-out early 70s revenge thriller aimed primarily at a black audience—big afros (so handy for hiding weapons in), cool music, loud suits, wide ties, flares, pimps, hos, and drug dealers—along with the regular gratuitous violence and nudity one would hope to find in a standard low-budget grindhouse style flick of the era. In Coffy, every woman loses her top and all the bad guys meet suitably nasty fates (gruesome deaths including being dragged behind a car until a bloody pulp and blasted in the balls by a shotgun!); all this to the sound of a funky waka-waka guitar riff.

Something for everyone, then.
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Wham! Bam! Thank you, Pam!
DJ Inferno19 July 2002
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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10/10
Underrated
Linda_S9 February 2007
The prequel to Foxy Brown, Coffy is the better of the two and is a pleasant surprise. Thanks to Turner Classic Movies 'Rob Zombie Friday Night' features my husband and I were able to see both Coffy and Foxy Brown. Prior to actually seeing these films one had steered clear of the genre due to all of the terrible contemporary reviews. Now over 30 years later it was a sheer delight to see the beauteous and talented Pamela Grier in a gritty and electrifying portrayal. Coffy is simply a non-stop action thriller with humor juxtaposed to scenes of violence. There is not really any time to catch one's breath Hill's direction is frenetic and impressive. The marvelous Robert DoQui does his usual excellent work as King George, many may remember him in Altman's Nashville (1975)as Wade Cooley. The cast is wonderful, the acting is over the top and yet it all works together. The injustices of that era are now, sadly, all too easily recognizable and Hill's script is too spot on to be considered campy. The magic of Coffy is, however, Pamela Grier. This woman is simply a joy to behold. There is abundant nudity in Coffy and it is very apropos. Foxy Brown is a decidedly 2nd rate film by comparison. But it today!
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10/10
"Coffy is the color of your skin!"
Aussie Stud8 July 2001
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Pam Grier shines in this hilarious action-packed blaxploitation flick where she first got her name as a 'black pin-up queen' during the early 70's. It is apparent after watching this film that no one remembers this for the bad-acting and dialogue, but for Pam Grier herself as a mean mutha who can kick some a$$ when she has to!

This movie SCREAMS 'early 70's', from the afro wigs to the awesome outfits Coffy finds herself wearing whether it be at a gala for call girls or when she's undercover to kick some drug-dealer's nasty behind!

This brilliant film mixes comedy right in there with the action. From the campy catfight scenes when Coffy dumps a salad bowl onto a blonde girl's head, to when King George makes his first appearance and steps out of his car in his pimp outfit, complete right down to the feather in his hat!!! Just seeing Coffy smash a wine bottle on a table to defend herself against a crackhead wielding a knife is rioutous enough! Watch out for the scene where she puts razor blades in her hair!!!

There is also a lot of unintentional comedy in there as well. Look for the scene where Carter frisks a male suspect who makes the mistake of putting his hands through Coffy's car window!

The action is fairly consistent. There are a lot of guns firing off, endless catfights that result in each girl having their dresses ripped open to expose their breasts(!!!) and an awesome scene that results in King George getting tied up with a noose and dragged through an obstacle course behind a car.

But every time Coffy appears on screen and you just KNOW that some bad stuff is about to go down, you know that you're going to be taken for a fun ride! As I mentioned above, no one is watching this movie for an Oscar-nominated performance or even a decent soundtrack (the "Coffy" theme sung by the Gladys Knight & The Pips-wannabes halfway through the movie is timeless!!!) - you're there to be entertained... and entertained is what you'll get, guaranteed. So invite your friends over for a good time - this is one movie where you don't have to be drunk to enjoy it!

10/10!!
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9/10
Pam Grier and writer/director Jack Hill in their prime in Coffy
Quinoa198410 August 2006
Coffy may be no real masterpiece, but for its 'type' of movie it was going for, it doesn't get much better. Aside from Tarantino's Jackie Brown (of which not only did that filmmaker take license with the 'take no prisoners' style of Grier, but the best musical pieces as well), this is Pam Grier's finest turn in what some consider in the exploitation-movie world as the first 'black-exploitation' classic. But to say that everything in the film is exploitive of black culture might be a little far to say. While to be sure the film depicts some of the black characters with their flamboyant clothing (including things that are pretty funny today like King George's cape and one-piece suit with emblem), and it also keeps to the quasi-tenement of this wave of movies where practically all of the white characters are real drug kingpins or bad gangsters, there's the fact that Grier's character- through crime and revenge and all- is just trying, in her mind, to do the best thing possible. There's also her friend Carter, who is one of the (only) honest cops in this underground of drugs and gangsters. But then again, to take such a story to heart would be missing the point writer/director Hill is after.

Because for its main center of a message, that pushing drugs on people who don't know any better (or do) is wrong to the point of having to take personal action (or standing up for the rights), this is not at all a preachy movie. If anything this is the kind of sexy, cool, violent, hilarious and just plain fun kind of movie-making that could've only come from this small corner of B-movie-making. Right from the start where the guy's head gets blown off, it only gets better with a logic that works like such- the more over-the-top, the better, the more stylish its more appealing, and for every ham-bone acting performance (albeit with a great deal of talent) there's an exciting action scene or fight. But also with this AIP mentality of having lots of hot bodied women (both white and black) in tow with dozens of breasts and other female parts, and the message covered around in stuff that's meant to be really for surface appeal, it takes itself seriously for what it's worth.

Jack Hill is actually, for all intents and purposes, a very fine and under-looked genre-film writer and sometimes gives the dialog an uplift from the trash it could've been. His direction, while sometimes not given enough of what's needed (lights for one thing, just enough to get by it seems), gets the job done. And at the end of the day what most people will remember of the film- aside from the nude girls fight and Sid Haig sporting a red bandanna and a Hispanic accent- is Grier herself. She carries this character with enough appeal to make it known why her cult status is solidified; she's sincere when she's (occassionally) really being herself with what matters to her, but also very sensual, perfectly sneaky, and has that kind of other-worldly heroic spirit that almost makes her like some kind of comic-book hero or something. If for no other reason, Grier makes Coffy still something to check out 30-something years later, and more than just a curio for Jackie Brown fans looking for the roots of that film's success. A-
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6/10
Pam is volcanic, the movie less so
frankfob26 May 2006
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Pam Grier's first "blaxploitation" film is far from her best, but it does show you why she became the "queen" of that genre--there simply just wasn't anyone else like her. Her acting wasn't all that bad--it's much better than most of the other women in the picture and a lot of the men, to be honest--and she had the revenge-minded, ass-kickin' mama persona down pat. What really makes her stand out, however, is her sexuality--she is absolutely explosive. Her frequent nudity is one of the film's saving graces, but it's not really gratuitous (not that there's anything wrong with that, either)--as another poster pointed out, her nude scenes seemed to be done on her own terms and not because the producer or director said, "OK, baby, show us what you got". The scene where she's lounging by the pool in a bikini and first meets "superpimp" King George is astounding--how actor Robert DoQui restrained himself from leaping on her as soon as he saw her is a feat of self-discipline that's almost superhuman. The party scene later on, where Pam comes in dressed up as a streetwalker (and raises the temperature of the room 20 degrees) then shortly afterward gets in a knock-down, drag-out fight with several of King George's jealous girls, is another of the film's highlights.

The picture does have its downsides, mainly in the performances (yeah, like you watch these kinds of films for the acting . . . ). Robert DoQui, although a very good actor generally, just isn't convincing as King George (his "superpimp" outfit is hilarious, though). William Elliot, as apparently the only honest cop in the L.A.P.D. and Coffy's friend who wants to be more than that, is bland and doesn't make any kind of an impression. Booker Bradshaw as Coffy's politician lover who, although she doesn't know it, is partners with the city's biggest pimp/drug dealer gives probably the worst performance in the movie. He plays his part with little conviction and you get the impression that he thinks this kind of picture is beneath him. He loosens up a bit towards the end, but by then it's too little too late.

On the other hand, the action scenes are well done, and of course there's the great Sid Haig as a mob killer who gets a little "poetic justice" in the end. This is Pam Grier's picture, though, and she more than makes up for whatever shortcomings it has. Several of her subsequent films in this genre are much better than this one, but this will serve as a good introduction to "the Pam Grier experience". It's the picture that made her a star, and it's easy to see why. It may be a bit choppy and somewhat primitive but it's a lot of fun, and Pam Grier is stupendous. Check it out.
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8/10
Underrated
gbill-7487715 July 2019
The first half of this film is interesting enough, with a strong and smart African-American woman in the lead role (Pam Grier of course), using her brains and body to seek vengeance on drug dealers who messed up her sister. It has a heavy 70's B-movie vibe to it, and there were times when it felt like the feminist aspects of Grier's character were undercut by things like women's tops flying open at what seems like every possible moment. However, the film really picks up steam is in the second half, which has interesting moments in the plot, action scenes that hold together well, and a few social messages delivered as well. Seriously, if the film hadn't gotten carried away in places early on, I think it would be much better regarded, and even as it is, it feels underrated to me.

It's an action movie first and foremost, and an entertaining one at that, but I loved how it talked about the overall system of drugs, starting with poverty being a factor in the chain stretching from users to pushers to all the way back to poor farmers in faraway places, many of whom are people of color. At the top in this system are the affluent, and a chain of mostly white businessmen, corrupt police, and corrupt politicians. The film doesn't hit us over the head with this, and there are good and bad African-American characters, as well as good and bad cops. With that said, images like the rope being put around a black man's neck and then him being dragged from a car, as well as a rich white guy getting off on using slurs and denigrating "exotic" women are pretty meaningful in addition to powerful.

It's really Pam Grier who makes this film though. She simply radiates beauty and strength, and the look in her eyes at times is every bit as mesmerizing as her often talked about body. Her acting may be a little uneven in places but it didn't bother me in the slightest, and I loved her overall performance, which had high entertainment value.

My favorite quote is from the politician (Booker Bradshaw), who is an interesting character in his own right: "You know, you've been listening to my political speeches. I thought you'd be more intelligent than to listen to crap like that."
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9/10
HOT Coffy
I can't think of another movie that so perfectly combines top-notch nudity and gruesome killing. I mean, this is 2019 so you'd think by now I would have seen everything. But Pam Grier is one fine lady by the standards of any era. As if she weren't enough all by herself, the filmmakers get her in a scene where she battles a bunch of other hot hookers who all manage to have their tops ripped off during the fight. And the way she dispatches her enemies, I could hardly believe what they got away with showing on the screen. This movie must have been quintuple X in its day. Why did it take me so many decades to see this awesome movie??! If I ever win the Super Lotto I'm opening up a Drive-In theatre and this will be the permanent feature attraction.
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9/10
Top class Exploitation.
jacobmhoff25 January 2019
Hold onto your salad, this movie is dynamite. This is arguably the quintessential Brackexplotation film and my personal favorite. Pam Grier is groovy and the rest of the cast is fantastic. This movie will transport you to the seventies.
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7/10
very interesting movie
sundaebrunch6 January 2007
Very interesting movie. Pam is very hot looking as always. I think she was the Black Pamela Anderson of her time, only that her body is all natural and smoking hot!! Very surprised to see one of the co-stars in the movie was Alan Arbus of MASH fame. What a totally different direction for him playing a really nasty character compared to his really soft but firm part he played as Dr. Sydney Friedman in Mash. Also was very surprised that Turner Classics showed that movie including the nudity and graphic language on cable television. Any way, I enjoyed this movie and recommend this film if you want to see some great action and one great looking woman with a pretty great plot, great music sound track and one fantastic looking female lead character.
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10/10
A classic!
Cobbler22 October 1998
This is one of the funniest, raunchiest, most enjoyable films I've ever seen. The screenplay is tight and well-structured, the pace is brisk, and the soundtrack is memorable. And Ms. Grier has never been better. Watch out for the razor blades in the afro!!

King George...He's the King!
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Pam Grier's amazing rack
ManBehindTheMask639 March 2011
The main reason to watch this film is to watch Pam Grier bare all in one of her best outings. Coffy is a mix of blaxploitation and exploitation that revolves around a nurse going undercover as a hooker to avenge her sister's drug addiction and abuse. The acting is sub par and the soundtrack is definitely a time capsule. But the main reason to enjoy this film is for all of Pam Grier's amazing nude scenes. This has to be Pam Grier's best nude film and possibly her best 70's film before falling into supporting roles in the 80's. Pam Grier's breasts are amazing! Easily the greatest pair of breasts put on celluloid. Some of the violence is over the top and there's plenty of gratuitous nude scenes to enjoy. Greir became a go to 70's exploitation queen after this film and for good reason too. Her jugs are the most beautiful and erotic breasts ever put on film. Watch this movie for a great 70's drive in flashback or if you just want to watch Pam Grier unleash her bazookas...trust me. Her breasts are to die for!!!!
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One of the ultimate Pam Grier/Jack Hill team-ups
pooch-84 January 1999
Coffy is a superior Pam Grier movie (far superior to Sheba-Baby) and one that typifies the best of blaxsploitation. Grier avenges her little sister's near-fatal drug addiction by killing any sleazy monster even remotely connected with the narcotics trade. The violence will satisfy aficionados: a shotgun blast to the head, a brutal gangland execution in which the victim is tied up and dragged behind a car, and a show-stopping all-female brawl in which Coffy single-handedly takes on a crew of prostitutes at a party -- ripping the tops off of each one who comes within range and even hiding razor blades in her hair for the unlucky girl who dares to pull it. Brilliant tag line: Coffy -- she'll cream you.
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7/10
Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as gritty as salt.
dfranzen7021 June 2019
Pam Grier is a towering presence in this early action film about a working-class lady who seeks revenge on the drug pushers who made her baby sister an addict at age 9. Grier's Coffy has the hots for an up-and-coming politician, but a young cop has also caught her eye. Coffy stays focused, though, and concentrates on knocking off pimps and drug lords one at a time. Well, until she's captured by the guy who played the camp psychiatrist Sidney in M*A*S*H (Alan Arbus) and his henchman, played by the great Sid Haig. Then it all gets very real very fast. This is definitely the movie that put Grier on the map and the one that so impressed a young Quentin Tarantino that he cast her as the lead in his own classic, Jackie Brown, more than 20 years later. Coffy burns the candle at both ends, as she's a night nurse by trade and pretends to be a drug-addled hooker in order to infiltrate the pimp's lair and get her revenge. Now, be warned, those of you who are under a certain age probably shouldn't watch this - get your parents' permission! - thanks not to the violence but the very prevalent nudity. Pam Grier herself gets pretty naked. So there's a warning to you parents, too. Or a selling point. I don't know you. Grier, clothed or not, turns in an exceptionally impressive performance, alternating from vulnerable to powerful in a heartbeat. There's plenty of action, too. Stick it to The Man and watch this one!
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8/10
How could you not love this slice of the 1970s
bregund18 November 2018
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The clothes, the cars, the hair, the decor, the furniture, the music, yes it all really looked like that, as far as I can remember from my childhood anyway. If you like vigilante films even a little, you'll love this one, as Pam Grier's one-woman killing machine takes down an entire drug syndicate to avenge her sister's drug abuse. I've watched this film three times and it just keeps getting better. Where else can you see a man get dragged to his death while tied to a limousine, or Sid Haig stabbed in the neck with a sharpened hairpin, from the main character no less, who also happens to be a nurse. The film works because despite the bloodshed she still has a conscience, stopping to question whether her actions are appropriate. By far my two favorite scenes are when the giant lesbian comes home and the girlfight that all of the men just stand around to watch, like it's some form of entertainment.
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10/10
Pams' finest hour.
Hey_Sweden3 August 2016
The lovely Blaxploitation legend Ms. Pam Grier lights up the screen in this classic of the genre. Written and directed by cult favorite director Jack Hill, it's got sex and violence aplenty, and moves with precision. The actors all do a fine job at bringing Hills' colorful dialogue to life. Viewers will groove to the eclectic score and songs by Roy Ayers, and be amused by those early 1970s fashions. There are some very memorable moments here, and an appreciable sense of humor to boot; this is trash of the highest order.

Pam plays the title character, a nurse whose younger sister fell victim to drugs. She's hellbent on punishing the people who put the girl in this situation, starting at the bottom and working her way up the chain. She must deal with a horny henchman (Sid Haig), a twisted Italian mobster (Allan Arbus), a cooler than cool pusher / pimp (Robert DoQui), and various hookers who distrust her presence when she charms her way into the pimps' stable.

Coffy is such a resourceful character (the razor blades in the wig is a superb gag), and so passionate, that you can't help but be on her side. Whenever she takes down a bad guy, it's a cheer-worthy moment. Hill establishes the tone early on when Coffy comes on to a pusher (Morris Buchanan) solely for the purpose of blasting his skull to kingdom come. And when she doles out the final punishment in the picture, it simply brings down the house. Pam and her sexy female co-stars dutifully show off their T & A for the sake of a good show.

And what a hell of a cast. Pam is ably supported by Booker Bradshaw as her politician boyfriend, Elliott as the well meaning cop Carter, Barry Cahill as the crooked cop McHenry, Lee de Broux, John Perak, and Ray Young as assorted bad guys, Carol Locatell as information providing prostitute Priscilla, and Linda Haynes as the resentful Meg. Bob Minor, Lyman Ward, and Ron Gans have small parts.

This is quintessential Pam Grier, and quintessential Blaxploitation. It delivers high style entertainment for an engaging hour and a half.

10 out of 10.
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7/10
Murder, assault, grant theft auto and overall mayhem...but for a good cause
JasparLamarCrabb25 January 2015
Warning: Spoilers
A powerhouse performance by Pam Grier emerges from director Jack Hill's revenge thriller. Grier is a nurse bent on obliterating the drug pushers, pimps and crooked politicians responsible for getting her kid sister hooked on junk. The hokey dialog and noble underpinnings of the plot are easy to take given the exciting action packed into this film by Hill. It's all played out to a pulse pounding funk score by Roy Ayers. Grier gives a gutsy performance and the supporting cast includes William Elliott as a good cop, Booker Bradshaw as very bad politician as well as Robert DoQui as "King George," a very flamboyant and very badly dressed drug pusher/pimp. Alan Arbus is a sleazy businessman with a lot of fetishes. The great Sid Haig is Omar. The cinematography is by Paul Lohmann, who went on to shoot some of the best films of Robert Altman and Mel Brooks!
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7/10
"Coffy" is a classic blaxploitation film.
tarbosh2200012 May 2010
"Coffy" is a classic blaxploitation film. Pam Grier stars as the title character.

The plot: Coffy is just a mild mannered nurse, but then her sister gets mixed with the drug trade and is hospitalized for contaminated heroin. She turns vigilante and vows to take down all the drug pushers and pimps.

Like "Foxy Brown", Pam Grier is at her best here. She is the perfect heroine: Sexy and willing to kill. All the action sequences are well-shot and entertaining. Sid Haig plays one of villains named "Omar". He does his usual professional work.

"Coffy" is a fun and gritty picture featuring a killer performance from Grier. Highly Recommended!

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10/10
"This is The End Of Your Rotten Life, You Mother******* Dope Pusher!"
Witchfinder-General-66628 December 2007
Jack Hill's "Coffy" of 1973 starring the great Pam Grier could well be considered THE most important and coolest Blaxploitation classic out there. Another cult-flick, "Shaft" of 1971, directed by Gordon Parks may be equally genre-defining, but for me personally, "Coffy" is the ultimate, awesome 70s Blaxploitation experience. Pam Grier, one of my personal favorite actresses of all-time, plays her coolest role, as the super-sexy, super-cool lady-avenger Coffy, the "Baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town", as the tagline promises.

The eponymous heroine, Coffy, is a nurse who gets vengeful, after her kid sister is hospitalized with an overdose of contaminated heroin. Coffy decides to clear her neighborhood of drugs vigilante-style, using both her sexy body, her clever mind, and merciless, brutal violence...

As mentioned above, Pam Grier is, cool, sexy and just amazing as the heroine, maybe THE role that earned her the deserved reputation as an absolute cult-heroine. Apart from Grier, Robert DoQui is great in his role, the arguably coolest, most stereotypical and blaxploitation-style pimp, King George. Exploitation cult-badass Sid Haig who had already starred aside Pam Grier three times, in director Jack Hill'S very own WIP flicks "The Big Doll House" (1971) and "The Big Bird Cage" (1972), as well as in Eddie Romero's "Black Mama, White Mama" (1972), also plays a smaller role in this movie.

I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I can guarantee that any fan of cool 70s cinema is gonna love "Coffy". Quentin Tarantino has once named this film as one of his all-time favorites, and it is obvious why. This movie has everything a blaxploitation flick calls for - lots of action, brutal violence, a fair amount of nudity and sleaze, funky 70s music, some of the coolest urban slang lines ever, and, above all, the greatest blaxploitation heroine ever, played by the genre's greatest star, the beautiful and incomparable Pam Grier. No lover of blaxploitation cinema can afford to miss this, and even if you decide only to watch one single blaxploitation flick, make sure to make it "Coffy"! Absolutely essential!
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