Due to the surprising success of my initial Movies Project, I decided to do a part two for 2012. This time around I put a greater emphasis on directors I am not familiar with, but I also tried to compile a mix of different genres and eras. This will be an ongoing project with the finish date being sometime this year.
Director: Jack Hill
Starring: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw and Robert DoQui
Runtime: 91 minutes
“They call her ‘Coffy’ and she’ll cream you!”
Coffy (Pam Grier) has had enough. She’s tired of the pushers, the pimps and the police corruption that have taken over her town. When her 11-year-old sister gets hooked on heroin and is sent to rehab, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Let’s be sure: this is one chick you DON’T want to mess with.
Jack Hill’s Coffy is one of the premier films from cinema’s prime blaxploitation period, and it kicked off a series of titles where Pam Grier played the lead badass. Grier is fantastic in this film, confidently taking on the lead role where she uses her inherent sexiness to infiltrate the seedy underworld.
Coffy (the character) takes justice into her own hands by working from the inside to take down a flamboyant pimp named King George (Robert DoQui) and the violent Mafia boss Arturo Vitroni (Allan Arbus). She also finds out that her casual boyfriend, city councillor Howard Brunswick (Booker Bradshaw) is corrupt and has no problem working with drug dealers for his own personal gain. All of these men are targets for the feisty Coffy.
Coffy is a B-movie by and large, and it is a blast to watch. The exuberant 70s fashion, cheeky one-liners, gratuitous nudity and a killer soundtrack from Roy Ayers (with songs that helpfully describe the action on screen) all add up to make this a very fun ride. A must-see for anyone interested in 70s cinema and/or blaxploitation films.