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Writer-director Jack Hill (Spider Baby, Switchblade Sisters) managed to beat Death Wish to the screens by a year with this violent tale of a citizen touched by crime and deciding to fight back. Her little 11-year old sister is a hopeless addict, the police can't help, and poor Nurse "Coffy" Coffin (Pam Grier) has no choice but to take the law into her own hands. Posing as a Jamaican prostitute, Coffy infiltrates the lairs of pimp King George (Robert DoQui) and kingpin pusher Vitroni (Allan Arbus). Eventually, after her childhood sweetheart is beaten into a coma and she finds out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jack Hill directs for maximal suspense, violence, and voyeuristic appeal (which Grier certainly embodies)."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Leaves a viewer with the happy thought that she now can get back to nursing and away from films like Coffy."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Grier is the movie's bristling force"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There's no denying the film's savage power"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"If you think the latest crop of skinny white girls (Diaz, Alba, Garner, Gellar, et al.) knows how to kick ass, then you need to educate yourself with a little jolt of Coffy."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Grier, a statuesque actress with a body she doesn't hesitate to show, is strongly cast. Booker Bradshaw as a city politician and William Elliott as an honest cop score well."
‑ , Variety
"Coffy is slightly more serious and a little more inventive than it needs to be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you're looking for nonstop, no-holds-barred exploitation, look no further. Pam Grier's first solo starring role is an enormously entertaining black action classic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If only for Grier's performance, Coffy is a must see."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms."
‑ , Time Out
"Are these righteous breasts, or breasts of righteousness? Can they really be both at once?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The film totally revolves around Pam and she carries the film with a lethal and sexy punch."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Judging by the talents she displays in this action drama, Pam Grier might yet emerge as the first black female superstar in today's market."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
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