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Coffy (1973)

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Cahill ...
Ruben Moreno ...
Priscilla (as Carol Lawson)


Nurse "Coffy" Coffin leads a double life. During the day, she's a nurse at work. At night, she's an avenging angel on a personal vendetta, tracking down the drug pushers who hooked her younger sister on drugs. Along the way, she meets a honest police detective who also is leading a double life. Written by blazesnakes9

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Coffy'll cream ya! See more »


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Release Date:

13 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belali dilber  »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


American-International Pictures lost the chance to make Cleopatra Jones (1973) and made this film instead, which ended up grossing more money in spite of a smaller budget. See more »


It is hot & sunny when King George is taken in his own car, then can see that is raining when the car first stops (see back window) and the weather is back to being hot & sunny during the noose sequence. See more »


Priscilla: Now, listen. My old man's coming back any minute, and if SHE catches you here, she's gonna wanna kick your ass!
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »


Coffy Baby
Music by Roy Ayers
Lyrics by Roselle Weaver
Sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater (as Denise Bridgewater)
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Coffy? I'll have mine hot, sweet and black.
17 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

Quentin Tarantino's fixation with Pam Grier, the star of Coffy, resulted in him casting her as the lead in his 1997 movie Jackie Brown; QT's worship of the actress really comes as no surprise—she's a B-movie nerd's wet dream come true, a foxy, feisty, take-no-crap bad-ass mama with a body to die for. Grier's unforgettable performance, along with no-nonsense direction from Jack Hill and an excellent supporting cast (including Hill regular Sid Haig) ensure that Coffy is not only one of the best blaxploitation films ever, but also one of the best exploitation films of any type, period.

The film combines all the trappings one expects from a pimped-out early 70s revenge thriller aimed primarily at a black audience—big afros (so handy for hiding weapons in), cool music, loud suits, wide ties, flares, pimps, hos, and drug dealers—along with the regular gratuitous violence and nudity one would hope to find in a standard low-budget grindhouse style flick of the era. In Coffy, every woman loses her top and all the bad guys meet suitably nasty fates (gruesome deaths including being dragged behind a car until a bloody pulp and blasted in the balls by a shotgun!); all this to the sound of a funky waka-waka guitar riff.

Something for everyone, then.

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