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Coffy

4.4 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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She's the ultimate tough and sexy heroine. She's Soul Cinema superstar Pam Grier, and whether delivering her justice with a shotgun, a razor or just her bare hands, she doesn't miss a beat in this "smashing, no-holds-barred tale of retaliation" (Variety)! Nobody ever commandeered the screen quite like Pam Grier...and Coffy "couldn't be better! [It's] one of the most entertaining movies ever made"(Quentin Tarantino)! Grier is Coffy, nurse by day and avenging angel by night. When she discovers that her little sister has been doped upand freaked outby a greedy drug pusher, she not only puts an end to his miserable days, but she vows to follow his trail of corruption up to the topthe very top. But what Coffy doesn't realize is that all is not as it seemsand that the leafy green behind the pushers' scene just may come from someone she knows!

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  • Actors: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Writers: Jack Hill
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans, Robert Papazian, Salvatore Billitteri, Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Coffy" on IMDb

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All of Pam Grier movies in the 70s, "Coffy" is the most famous. She deserves it; watch this movie, and you see what so-called blaxploitation films are all about.
The fast-paced "Coffy" starts with a dynamite opening, in which Pam's character Coffy lures her enemy into a nasty surprise, and she blows away poor fool's head with a shotgun literally. Then, her mission of eradicating drug racket goes on until a very bitter ending. There are actions, fighting, nudity, and battling girls at a party where Pam uses most unexpected weapon -- salad! Frankly they look rather bland by today's standard, but good soundtrack by Roy Ayres is still wonderful.
Probably the most interesting thing about "Coffy" is its gorgeous 70s fashion: music, clothes, and hairstyle. even if you find its story a little stale, you never get tired of watching dresses, glasses, hats, and everything -- they are so big! And surprising thing is that the film to certain extent reflects the political condition of those days (see how a black congressman address a speech about drug issues among Afro-Americans).
"Coffy" is one of the movies that set the style of the 70s. Those who are interested in that period should watch it (and the original "Shaft") once.
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After her younger sister dies (offscreen) of a drug overdose, surgical nurse and one-woman vigilante army Pam Grier sets out to punish those she believes responsible for her sister's addiction. Masquerading as a for-hire call girl, Coffy infiltrates the supposed hierarchy of the city's dope and sex trade in what starts as vengeance for her sister but turns into a crusade to rid the city of all its filth, murdering all along the way, from a small-time pimp and drug dealer (who gets his head blown off shortly after the opening credits) to her congressman lover, who turns out to have a piece of the action as well and is as corrupt as the rest of the bunch. Despite the sober description, this is not an "important" film per se; actually, it's pretty trashy, but fascinating when trying to examine who this movie is made for. I guess we're supposed to root for Coffy as she goes on her murder spree, but, as her "good cop" friend (who naturally is murdered before the end of the first reel) explains to her, the drug problem is already widespread, and who is ultimately to blame? Factor in also that our heroine is also asked to disrobe a number of times for the camera and act very promiscuously, and that instead of the "black heroes" that this genre supposedly provided to the minority audiences, we mostly get pimps, dealers, addicts, chauffeurs :)... At the end, we see Coffy, having recently snuffed out her boyfriend and dejectedly thrown her trusty shotgun on the floor in front of him, walking down a beach alone, almost certain to be picked up by the cops eventually (though the closing credits song proclaim Coffy as "a shining symbol of black pride")...Read more ›
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A minor digression before I review "Coffy". I remember some 20 years ago Siskel and Ebert doing a special show on the state of black cinema. They cited Pam Grier as an example of talented black actors who were underutilized. Grier was a superstar in the niche career that she carved out in "blaxploitation" films. When she went mainstream in "Fort Apache-The Bronx" the best role they could give her was that of a strung-out murderous prostitute. It took some 15 years for a maverick director like Quentin Tarantino to recognize the qualities that Grier brought to the big screen with "Jackie Brown". As for "Coffy" itself, if you're looking for this film as a serious examination of the drug problem that had, and still does, a stranglehold on the inner city then look elsewhere. Outside of a perfunctory scene of Coffy(Grier) visiting her baby sister in re-hab there is little else in the film that would give you food for thought. "Coffy" is high camp. Outside of Coffy's cop friend most of the other characters are played over-the-top. The film also consists of a series of outrageous violent confrontations most memorable Coffy blowing the head off of a drug dealer with a double barrelled shotgun. The film also takes every possible opportunity to show off Grier's impressive attributes. Grier has a definite screen presence but she's not the polished actress here that she would later become. There's a certain stiltedness in some of her line deliveries. Bottom line, entertaining show. On a final note, Sid Haig who plays Omar the thug here would later portray a judge in "Jackie Brown".
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Pam Grier is Coffy, an inner-city nurse whose younger sister's life has been destroyed by illicit drugs, and who is now out to avenge her by killing the drug dealers. Her method is to lure the dope pushers by offering them her sexual favors, and then blasting them with a sawed-off shotgun!
And what man can resist such a statuesque beauty? Many a dope pusher meets his Maker after making it with Coffy. Pam Grier has some outstanding nude scenes in this movie, and that alone makes this DVD worth the price, but director Jack Hill's commentary is an interesting bonus. This DVD is a must-have for every Pam Grier fan!
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