Our Favorite Movie Posters: #15 - Friday Foster (1975) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 14 August 2011 13:43

Friday Foster (1975), written and directed by Arthur Marks, and starring Pam Grier in the title role. Yaphet Kotto, Eartha Kitt, Scatman Crothers and Carl Weathers co-starred. It was an adaptation of the syndicated newspaper comic strip that ran from 1970 until 1974. This was Grier's final film with American International Pictures. The tagline on the poster is "Wham! Bam! Here comes Pam!"

This is one of the finer graphic representations of Pam that I've seen on any poster. Posters for other Grier films I've seen look like the artist had never seen Pam, and were just doing a generic "Bad-ass Black Chick" representation. The artist for Friday Foster got it right, able to spend long detailed hours examining Pams fine frame, taking mental photos of every inch, slowly... Ahem! Back to earth! Anyway, good job unknown artist!

Friday Foster was an American newspaper comic strip, created and written by Jim Lawrence that ran from 1970 to 1974. (I remember reading the strip in the Indianapolis News each evening.) Friday Foster the movie was actually released in 1975, a year following the publication of the final strip.

The plot of the film doesn't stray too far from its original newspaper strip roots - excepting the nudity and language, of course - as Friday Foster (Grier) is a magazine photographer who refuses to heed her boss's admonitions against becoming involved in the stories to which she is assigned. After witnessing an assassination attempt on the nation's wealthiest African American and then seeing her best friend murdered, Friday finds herself targeted for death.

She teams up with private detective Colt Hawkins (Kotto) to investigate, and soon the two are hot on the trail of a plot to eliminate the country's African-American political leadership.

In addition to the standard blaxploitation plot elements, the film also dealt with the themes of the power and importance of African American political unity and the potential threat thereto posed not only by the perceived white power structure, but also by those African-Americans willing to betray that goal in search of reward from that establishment. (Wikipedia)

Friday Foster is also available via Amazon Prime Instant Video Streaming, and Netflix.

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