Duke Johnson visits a small Southern town, intent on burying his brother. After the funeral, he learns that he must stay for 60 days, for the estate to be processed. A few locals convince ... See full summary »
Nurse "Coffy" Coffin leads a double life. During the day, she's a nurse at work. At night, she's an avenging angel on a personal vendetta, tracking down the drug pushers who hooked her younger sister on drugs. Along the way, she meets a honest police detective who also is leading a double life.Written by
Vetroni's death: Coffy shoots Vetroni full in the chest with a shotgun, while he is standing in a swimming pool with his heart at the waterline. Vetroni is facing the camera and we see the blast, but there's no blood. See more »
Pam Grier is a towering presence in this early action film about a working-class lady who seeks revenge on the drug pushers who made her baby sister an addict at age 9. Grier's Coffy has the hots for an up-and-coming politician, but a young cop has also caught her eye. Coffy stays focused, though, and concentrates on knocking off pimps and drug lords one at a time. Well, until she's captured by the guy who played the camp psychiatrist Sidney in M*A*S*H (Alan Arbus) and his henchman, played by the great Sid Haig. Then it all gets very real very fast. This is definitely the movie that put Grier on the map and the one that so impressed a young Quentin Tarantino that he cast her as the lead in his own classic, Jackie Brown, more than 20 years later. Coffy burns the candle at both ends, as she's a night nurse by trade and pretends to be a drug-addled hooker in order to infiltrate the pimp's lair and get her revenge. Now, be warned, those of you who are under a certain age probably shouldn't watch this - get your parents' permission! - thanks not to the violence but the very prevalent nudity. Pam Grier herself gets pretty naked. So there's a warning to you parents, too. Or a selling point. I don't know you. Grier, clothed or not, turns in an exceptionally impressive performance, alternating from vulnerable to powerful in a heartbeat. There's plenty of action, too. Stick it to The Man and watch this one!
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