Coffy

A film by Jack Hill
Starring Pam Grier

“She’s the godmother of them all, the baddest one-chick hit squad that ever hit town!” In her first starring role (and the one that launched her career as the queen of 1970s blaxploitation flicks), Pam Grier appoints herself judge, jury and executioner of the scum who dealt heroin to her sister.

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 her politician-lover (Booker Bradshaw) is involved, Coffy kills everyone with a shotgun. However, by having a black woman named Coffy get injected with a sugar mixture (the crooks think it’s heroin), one can only imagine the filmmakers cackling about Coffy with cream and sugar. In fact, the original ad line promised “Coffy…she’ll cream you!”

 

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Technical Information

Production Year
1973
Running Time
91 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Saturday, May 5, 2012
midnight
Friday, May 4, 2012
midnight

See http://musicboxtheatre.com/showtimes for all currently scheduled films.

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