Wednesday, February 10, 2010

COFFY (1973) - Jack Hill

No better way to start off Blaxploitation History Month than with a strong cup of Coffy. "Baddest one-chick hit-squad" Pam Grier establishes what would become a four-film formula for AIP as the sexy nurse, Coffy, avenging a little sister strung out on dope and a dead cop buddy. Her revenge mission involves cozying up to the local mob with a shotgun and sexy pair of gams, a feat harder than it sounds when it involves Allan Arbus with a fright-wig perm and Sid Haig with a frighteningly indeterminate accent (sometimes Latin, sometimes Russian, sometimes Reseda). Complicating matters further is her poor choice in paramours, a black politico boyfriend who turns out not have the best interests of the community in mind.

I hadn't seen Coffy before but feel like I had in that I'd already seen Jackie Brown. The music cues may be familiar, but Pam's big payback comes in a more violent form and with more exposed flesh your average revenge pic today (Mel Gibson, I'm talking to you). There's a black-on-white catfight in a salad bar worth the price of admission alone.

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