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Jack Hill

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About the Movie

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!"

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Leaves a viewer with the happy thought that she now can get back to nursing and away from films like Coffy. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Grier, a statuesque actress with a body she doesn't hesitate to show, is strongly cast. Booker Bradshaw as a city politician and William Elliott as an honest cop score well. – Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Jack Hill directs for maximal suspense, violence, and voyeuristic appeal (which Grier certainly embodies). – Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The world Coffy inhabits is revealed as one where social, sexual and political exploitation are simply the norms. – Time Out, Aug 16, 2007

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Customer Reviews


I've seen Coffy before and it was crazy. I enjoyed it. PAm Grier is the greatest.

Better than Foxy Brown

A guy gets dragged tied to the back of a car. Hot Pink blood. What more can you ask from a movie?


Yes her acting was dry but that body...DAMN! ALL NATURAL!!! They dont make women like that these days..Also, can you spot the Quentin Tarrentino rip offs from this flick? Try Foxy Brown also

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2001

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