105 Must See Films, Film Reviews

105 Must See Films: Coffy (1973)


Starring: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw

Director: Jack Hill

In a crazy, violent, breast-baring caper, a good hearted nurse decides to take the law into her own hands when her sister is the victim of drug dealers. But she soon discovers that the corruption goes all the way to the top… 

Coffy (Pam Grier) is both adorable and bad ass. Ok, so it’s one of those films where anything stronger than a light breeze will render all girls in the room shirtless, and the fight scenes have more ketchup and awkwardness than realism, but… something about this film is wonderful. The clothes, the music, the way that Coffy never gives up and finds a way out of every scrape. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll dust off your flares and platform shoes and start telling your friends that disco isn’t dead. 

Why is this a must see film? It has a black female in a lead role, and she doesn’t need help from any man! That’s a pretty big thing for a film, let alone a film of 40 years ago. It’s a classic example of blaxploitation movie, which had its highs in the 70s, and this film in particular has a cult following for good reason. This film had quite an impact on up and coming film makers, too, like Tarrantino, who went on to homage the film in Jackie Brown. A classic film. 

See it if: you have a sense of humour, love 70s fashion, or want to see a girl in a mini and go-go boots kill everybody. It’s genius. 


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