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!" ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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If there is a hot chick in the room, she'll get her top ripped off for sure! I've only seen a couple 70s black expoltation films, but out of what e've seen, this is the best(so far...). Grier Lookin' fine(not in the acting department, but she gets better). Beware the mooseknuckle!!-Stone
As movies go, this was not a very good one. Predictable plot, poor acting, forced dialogue, cliche after cliche, but a scantilly clad Pam Grier can trump a lot and make this movie bearable to watch. OooooWeeee!
Kind of a mixed bag review here. As a Pam Grier fan it is painful to watch the poor acting, hokey Hollywoood '70's outfits and stiff dialogue.
On the other hand the movie did predate Death Wish with an armed citizen dispensing "justice" against the people who supplied the heroin that eventually did in her sister. And there's a 24 year old Pam Grier pretty much naked a lot, so from a historical and eye candy perspective Coffy has some merit.
It is a pretty bad film though, for Pam at her best see Jackie Brown!