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After starring in a couple of women prison movies, Pam Grier hits the big time in Coffy, a lush-looking revenge picture about a nurse who goes on a killing spree after her 11-year-old sister is addicted to heroin by the system. Yes, the system. For all its lurid blaxploitation material - violence and gratuitous nudity mostly - it has something to say about society. It's all connected, from the pusher on the corner to the crooked politician who benefits from letting crime happen. Coffy is gonna go after them all. Pam Grier isn't a very strong actress at this point - few people are in this flick - but she has great presence. She's a real badass, but not a cold one. She's haunted by what she does, and her resolve is only strengthened over time. But she's not exactly a bastion of feminism either, falling out of her clothes at various points, mostly because she uses sex as a weapon. Not to say a guy like Shaft isn't sexing all over the place, but when the woman is the protagonist, it gives those scenes a completely different bent, and so Coffy becomes victim to the genre in which she exists. It's still one of the genre's better examples though.
Hoo boy! I envy those that haven't seen this or Foxy Brown. Both films are full to the brim with action and attitude - not to mention the talents of Pam Grier. Check them out.
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This movie ranks #3 in Grindhouse Cinema Database's Top Grindhouse Classics
This movie ranks #75 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time