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  • Actors: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Writers: Jack Hill
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Video Transfer, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Orion / MGM
  • VHS Release Date: May 26, 1998
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792899660
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pam Grier, the voluptuous queen of blaxploitation movies (and the foxy title character of Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown) reigns supreme in this kick-ass action flick. Bodacious nurse Foxy takes the law into her own hands after her main squeeze is murdered in cold blood. The standard revenge plot of Foxy Brown moves along on fast-forward, and the violence ratio (some of it quite gruesome) is high. Director Jack Hill, a master of the low-budget drive-in movie (Switchblade Sisters), made Coffy with Pam Grier the year before. This one's not quite as much fun, but it is decidedly kinkier, and the parade of 1970s fashion crimes is mind expanding. At one crucial moment Foxy saves herself by pulling a concealed revolver out of her mighty Afro--absolutely one of the high points of blaxploitation cinema. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews

A giant Afro makes a great place to hide a gun.
cookieman108
It paved the way for more films like this to get made and get recognition, but is that really a good thing?
Andrew Ellington
This is one of the best Pam Grier movies from the 70's.
Tommie J Rimmer

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By SleazyG on July 21, 2001
Format: DVD
"Coffy" (1973) made Pam Grier a star, "Foxy Brown" (1974) clearly shows why Grier became a star. "Foxy Brown" simply distills Grier's star qualities and uses them to their fullest potential, and by star qualities, I'm not just referring to her ample bosom. In "Foxy Brown" Grier is an abused, violated madwoman out for revenge at all costs, she doesn't just chew up the scenery, she obliterates it. But that's exactly why we love Grier. She's beautiful, sultry and she can kick a whole lotta ass! As far as I'm concerned, she IS the screen's original action heroine and this vehicle best showcases her talents as an action star. Unlike "Coffy," "Foxy Brown" doesn't give Grier much chance to flex her acting muscles, but it features Grier down and dirty: Foxy ransacks apartments, beats up hostile lesbians, gouges eyes, burns men alive, emasculates (literally and figuratively), and even pulls firearms out of her perfectly coifed afro. "Foxy Brown" is lurid, wildly sadistic, absolutely over-the-top and a cult film classic for those very reasons. "Coffy" may be the better film, but "Foxy Brown" is more enjoyable. So how does "Foxy Brown" fare on DVD? Well, the disc is an absolute revelation. Not since the film's theatrical debut has it looked this good. The previous full-frame transfer used for the videocassette and laserdisc was atrocious, featuring jaundiced flesh tones, excessively saturated colors, dark murky interiors, ruined compositions, and horrifically over-enhanced edges. The new, anamorphically-enhanced widescreen transfer is luminous. Compositions are correctly preserved with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, no more distracting headroom and a bit of picture information is added to the sides.Read more ›
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "2r45" on January 11, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
FOXY BROWN is a great movie, but not a great explotation movie. Oddly enough this is the film that got Pam Gier the title "QUEEN OF THE EXPLOTATION FLICKS". When I first sat down to watch this film I was expecting to see tons of gratuitous nudity and violence. The nudity in this film was seldom and the violence was not very graphic. Don't get me wrong, I loved this film and it really is a classic 70's film, but don't go in expecting the normal 70's gratuity. The story is about a woman that becomes a vigilante in order to get revenge for the death of her boyfriend. The plot thickens when other elements are thrown into play like a drug addict younger brother, an underground militant army, and a mother forced into prostitution. If you like this film, but you also really like gratuitous nudity and violence; I would highly recommend watching COFFY. Pam Grier is the star of that movie also, but the storyline is a little more loose and there is nudity all over the place (including Grier).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bob Anderson on January 22, 2001
Format: DVD
The reviewer who thought this was a movie about a current singer either is pulling our leg or is dumber than a post. Just look at the cover. Probably, they are too young to recognize it as one of the classic blaxploitation movies of the 70s. Of course the acting is terrible, the dialogue lame and the plot is weak. They were supposed to be. After all, these movies were made on a production budget of $23.56. Any movie that provides a means of getting Pam Grier out of her clothes as often as possible is sufficient validation for anything. (In this regard, see Pam's 1973 Coffy).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on September 24, 2006
Format: DVD
After seeing Jackie Brown a couple of weeks ago and loving it, I decided to see the other films Pam Grier had done in the past. `Foxy Brown' is the second blaxploitation classic that I saw of her (first being White Mama, Black Mama), and it just blew me away. Though the script is flawed, and has some unrealistic characters, this only adds to the fun, campy nature of the film. The opening sequence rivals those of the James Bond films.

`Foxy Brown' features a brilliant lead performance from the hypnotically attractive Pam Grier, whose federal agent boyfriend is gunned down, and who sets out to fight for revenge and justice where the System has failed her and at the same time is matched at every turn by Antonio 'Huggy Bear' Fargas as her no-good younger brother. The rest of the performances are variable, and the budgets of these things did tend to preclude brilliant method actors! Jack Hill's direction keeps things ticking over nicely and the screenplay swings wildly between shock-horror tactics, tongue-in-cheek theatricality and even the occasional stab at gut-level farce.

In short, it's all very entertaining stuff. Fans of `The Hills Have Eyes' will be interested to see a small supporting role for Russ Grieve (Bob Carter in the aforementioned Wes Craven classic) as a corrupt high-up with a naked redhead on his knee, and Bob Minor turns in a sympathetic performance as the Black Panthers-styled vigilante that is light years away from his banal turn in `Carnel Madness' as the stereotypical sex-crazed vaudeville black. The funky score is another bonus that doesn't hurt a bit.

Foxy Brown is a definite must-see. The camera is certainly in love with her. Definitely one of the best, and most enjoyable blaxploitation films I've seen thus far.
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