January 28th, 2011: Coffy

Cast and Crew:   Samuel Z. Arkoff (Executive Producer); Roy Ayers (Original Music); Robert DoQui, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig

What It’s About: When drug dealers hook her sister on drugs, hard-working and honest nurse Coffy (Pam Grier) goes on a rampage, using her feminine wiles and the crook’s own prejudices to work her way up to the top of the biggest drug ring in the city.

Why Watch it Today?: Writer/Director Jack Hill was born today in 1933.  Today he’s mainly remembered for his work with Pam Grier, most famously Coffy and Foxy  Brown, as well as being one of the filmmakers Quentin Tarantino name checked a lot.  Jack Hill never really made it into the mainstream, but spent a good part of the 1970s making memorable exploitation films for American International Pictures and producer Roger Corman’s New World Pictures.  Batman:  Year One fans will recognize a scene that Frank Miller lifted directly from this film.  Coffy is one of Hill’s best films, and far more serious and bleak than its more famous sequel Foxy Brown.

Where to Get It: Netflix , iTunes or Amazon.com

The Trailer:

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