Coffy (1973)

After her sister becomes a heroin addict, a nurse (Pam Grier) takes gun in hand and goes undercover to track down the dealers responsible for her sister's condition.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 13, 1973
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Jack Hill directs for maximal suspense, violence, and voyeuristic appeal (which Grier certainly embodies).

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Leaves a viewer with the happy thought that she now can get back to nursing and away from films like Coffy.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Peak Grier, Coffy is a sobering story kept at street level, and while Hill keeps the film in the realm of pulp fantasy, the stakes are high.

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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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Coffy is slightly more serious and a little more inventive than it needs to be.

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Scott McKellar
The Skinny

Essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the genre, or who wants to see Pam Grier at her very best.

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Time Out

The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Its real power comes from Hill's potent pulp storytelling and up-front style as well as the novelty of a female hero who takes charge and controls her own destiny.

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Josh Larsen

Are these righteous breasts, or breasts of righteousness? Can they really be both at once?

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
While this film isn't 100% great as far as technical stuff, or acting, it definitely promises what it delivers. This is one of the most famous,… More
Adam Mahler
weird: celebrates vengeance against the whites and black pimps sexually objectifying Coffy but the camera ogles Pam Grier's body whether she's lost a… More
Cassandra Maples
If you only watch one blaxploitation movie make it this one. There is much fun to be had in many films of the genre, but here the central performance by Pam… More
Ken Stachnik
Pam Grier maybe the biggest badass...ever
Tim Salmons
Outside of Car Wash, this was my first foray into blacksploitation, much to my shame. So with that, I revel in just how fantastically awesome Coffy is. This… More
Daniel Hetteix
A not-so-classy revenge flick that launched Pam Grier to superstardom. The film is more gutsy than many other Blaxploitation movies, both in the seriousness,… More

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