Cinema Simply Different

Pam Grier is Coffy. She is sick and tired of white drug dealers who destroy the black community, including Coffy’s sister, by selling drugs. One evildoer after the other is mowed down on her revenge campaign by her shotgun, which is, beside the god-given feminine weapons, her favourite tool of war.

Unlike many representatives of the Blaxploitation genre, Jack Hill’s action film with Pam Grier has a strong female lead, but deals with genre-typical themes such as the oppression of black people in America. The leading actress, known from Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, devastates the underworld of her city at breathtaking speed. All this is accompanied by an upheaving soundtrack, a mixture of R&B, jazz and funk. Though not the most typical of his genre, Coffy is certainly one of the best in its class, entertaining in every second of its running time.

Fleming Bruckmaier

Translated by Carlos Hartmann

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