DVD Review: Coffy (1973) Print
Written by The Projectionist   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 11:11

Click to View Larger... Click to View Larger..."They call her 'Coffy' and she'll cream you!" "She's the 'GODMOTHER' of them all! ...The baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town!"

Those were the tag-lines my 13 year old eyes read on posters at my local drive-in back in 1973. The posters had an artist rendering of Pam Grier as the character "Coffy", standing in a cocky-as-shit pose, holding a sawed-off shotgun resting on one curvy hip. The 13 year old me was about to embark on my first interracial relationship, (no matter that it was entirely one sided,) and I would never look at women in movies the same again.

Pam Grier was the ultimate female bad-ass in the blaxploitation genre. Others tried, (Tamara Dobson, Gloria Hendry, and Jeannie Bell to name a few,) but no one filled the screen, and a bikini, or kicked ass like Pam.


MIlton Berle Meets Coffy. "Hey Baby, what's white and 13 inches long?"

Watching Pam kick some ass up on the screen I realized that women in movies didn't always have to be the damsel in distress, or the loving girlfriend for the macho hero. The woman didn't have to wind up dead or raped by the middle of the second reel in order to give the hero a chance for revenge. She could fuck you up with the best of them. Fuck with her loved ones, and you wound up with your head blown off, or a 72 Mercury Monterey shoved up your ass.

"Black Power Girl" is introduced to the rest of the
BJL (Blaxploitation Justice League)

I really do believe her movies did effect the way I see women now. Ever since then, I have been attracted to strong, statuesque women who are in powerful positions. Sometimes this has translated to being attracted to women who are absolutely no good for me, and may kill me if I fall asleep after the lovin', but usually it has served me in good stead.

No "funny" caption, I just like the way Pam looks here...

The plot of Coffy is simple and easy to follow.

Gimme a marker, I think your freckles make an outline of the Liberty Bell!

Nurse "Coffy" Coffin (Pam), seeks revenge against the mob bosses and dope peddlers of the underworld after her younger sister gets hooked on drugs, and her policeman boyfriend is beaten to within an inch of his life by underworld hoods.

I told you I was wearin' MY afro tonight! Now take it off!

She lures the thugs to their fates using her feminine charms and wiles. Executing them in various inventive and bloody ways.

This is the face of a man who just received a 12 gauge circumcision.

In her search for the people responsible, Coffy infiltrates a local pimp's (King George) stable of prostitutes by posing as a Jamaican Hooker. (With I might add, the WORST Jamaican accent possibly ever heard on film.) In the process she pisses off half his stable of whores, culminating in a huge *prostifight during a party for King George's clients. This is the scene where Coffy inserts razorblades into her hair just in case some whore tries to wrestle her to the ground via her 'fro.

Damn Bitch! You got too much product in your hair!


Watching the prostifight made Glen Campbell feel funny in his pants.
Good thing he wouldn't remember it later...

After various action scenes involving shotgun blasts to the head, forced overdoses, bodies dragged behind pimpmobiles, shotgun blasts to the johnson, and a 1972 Mercury Monterey suppository, the movie ends with Coffy finally getting revenge for the wrongs against her loved ones.

I'm certain this is the same look I had on my
face while I watched the hooker fight too...

From Wikipedia:

According to writer/director Hill, the project began when American International Pictures' head of production, Larry Gordon, lost the rights to the film Cleopatra Jones after making a handshake deal with the producers. Gordon subsequently approached Hill to quickly make a movie about an African American woman's revenge and beat Cleopatra Jones to market. The film ended up earning more money than Cleopatra Jones and established Grier as an icon of the genre.

Coffy is notable in its depiction of a strong female lead (a capable nurse), something rare in the genre at the time, and also in its then-unfashionable anti-drug message. It was remade in 1981, with an all-white cast, as Lovely But Deadly.

Here just because this shot makes me go "DAMN!"

Coffy is a true blaxploitation classic, and to my memory, the first one I ever had the pleasure of viewing. It led me to my love of the genre, a relationship that brings myself to the creation of the website you are currently reading this article on.

Just another case of a brother trying to keep the man down...
Wait, that can't be right...

Coffy is definitely worth a watch, and is NOT currently available for streaming on Netflix, but is available for purchase from Amazon.com.

Do yourself a favor, grab a 40 of Schlitz Malt Liquor or Mickey's, a giant tub of popcorn, and sit down and enjoy the feminine force that which is Pam Grier. Other movies you'll probably enjoy starring Pam are: "Sheba, Baby", "Friday Foster", "Foxy Brown", and the Quentin Tarantino classic, "Jackie Brown".

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