Coffy is a film that I have been chasing for quite some time due to the brilliance of Pam Grier in other films like Foxy Brown, The Arena, and Jackie Brown. She teamed up with writer/director Jack Hill a few times in the 70’s to create some badass cinema. After I watched Coffy, I was reading about it and found out that Quentin Tarantino has it listed among his 20 favorite films of all time, which totally makes sense once you’ve seen it.
Pam Grier plays Coffy, a nurse who is fed up with the local drug dealers and the toxic environment they have brought to her city. She is forced to take the law into her own hands, leading a double life when her younger sister becomes addicted to heroin. She goes as far as posing as a prostitute to lure thugs to their death. Things get really spicy when she starts realizing that her politician boyfriend is making shady deals behind the scenes, setting up a crusade for the ages.
Coffy certainly isn’t for everyone because of the violence and nudity, but no one can deny Pam Grier’s incredible screen presence. She carries the film with so much aggression and then you combine that with her beauty for a perfect film character. The production design and costumes pair up with the soundtrack beautifully, providing a very 70’s vibe. I will be rewatching this gem over and over.