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[[caption-width-right:284:My name's Coffy.]]

Although it wasn't her first movie, ''Coffy'' (1973) was the production that made Creator/PamGrier a star of cult cinema. It was among the first notable {{Blaxploitation}} films, and one of the first action movies featuring a strong heroine. Writer-director Jack Hill, the creator of several [[ExploitationFilm exploitation flicks]], found enough success with this movie to spawn a SpiritualSuccessor, ''Film/FoxyBrown'' (1974).

Coffy is a young nurse whose sister is permanently brain damaged from having used tainted heroin. Traumatized by her sister's condition, Coffy hunts down the dealer who sold her sister the bad drug, seduces him under the pretense of needing heroin, then [[YourHeadAsplode blows his head off]].

Soon afterward, Coffy hears news of her work from childhood friend Carter (William Elliott), a police officer. Carter, unlike many of the local police and politicians, is a cop with integrity who refuses to be bought out by the mob. As a result, both he and Coffy are attacked by thugs, and Carter is hospitalized in critical condition. Coffy, pushed too far, goes on a [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge rampage of vigilante justice]], working her way up the chain of drug dealers and pimps, seeking to put an end to the mob influence at the source...permanently.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Coffy was among the first.
* AfroAsskicker
* AntiHero: Coffy's brand of vigilante justice is one of gory and indiscriminate revenge. However, her later reactions about her antiheroic actions are played out realistically. In the beginning of the film she kills a drug dealer and a user, and later she is unable to do her job as a nurse because the sight of a patient's wounds reminds her too much of the bloodshed earlier. She even questions her friend Carter about vigilante justice, and Coffy's tone of voice and questions implied that she was fishing for Carter to give her a reason she could believe in to stop her crusade. But Carter being hospitalized finally pushed her plans forward.
* AssholeVictim: Every single person Coffy kills is a complete bastard: drug runners, thugs, crooked cops, slimy politicians, and hired muscle. One might argue that in some cases, these victims are just doing their job; but the glee they take in their actions makes one cheer for Coffy one hundred percent.
* AttemptedRape: Coffy makes them wish they hadn't made the effort.
* BadAss
* TheBadGuysAreCops: Not all the bad guys are cops, but all cops but one seem to be bought by the drug bosses. The chief of police is buddies with the drug lords, and two policemen [[spoiler: actively help Vitroni's henchmen when they try to dispose of Coffy]].
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Coffy herself makes several comments about the size of her lovers and soon-to-be victims throughout the film.
-->'''Coffy (to Vitroni):''' Ooo, my love! Are you sure you're not just [[BlackIsBiggerInBed a little black]]?
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Coffy manages to avenge her sister and Carter as well as herself against Howard, whom she kills, but Lubelle is still brain damaged, Carter is still in a coma, and Coffy now must figure out what she can do with her life after spilling so much blood.]]
* {{Blaxploitation}}: A typical example of the genre, except for having a female protagonist.
* CarFu: Coffy does make excellent use of an automobile during the movie's climax.
* CatFight: After suffering [[ContrivedClumsiness an "accidental" beverage spill]] from a jealous call girl, Coffy cleans up and comes back for revenge. It escalates into an all-out battle of Coffy vs. the entire bevy of prostitutes, in which Coffy somehow manages to [[ClothingDamage tear the top off of every one of them]], while all the male party guests PassThePopcorn.
* CharacterTitle: The film is named after its protagonist.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Meg, one of King George's primary prostitutes, is intensely jealous of "Mystique" when introduced. She mishears her name as "Miss Stick" and then [[MaliciousMisnaming keeps calling her that despite being corrected]]. She then sets off a big CatFight by dumping a tray of drinks on Coffy's white dress.
* ClothingDamage:
** The CatFight mentioned above results in most of the women having their tops torn off.
** In an early scene a gangster threatens a waitress who took a picture of some night club patrons. He tears open her blouse, exposing her breast.
* CoolCar: King George's limo. The other crime bosses and pimps also ride in big, flashy cars.
* CombatPragmatist: Coffy makes uses of salad, trays, and razor blades during her CatFight.
* ContrivedClumsiness: This is what starts the aforementioned CatFight. Meg the call girl plays this very straight, trying to genuinely convince her audience that her act of spilling drinks on Coffy/Mistique was really an accident. One man who watched the whole thing calls her out on it.
* CynicismCatalyst: When her little sister is brain damaged from her drug use and hospitalized, Coffy takes a very cynical view of the system and starts thinking that the only solution is to kill off all the drug dealers. When her cop friend is brutally beaten -- and, like her sister, brain damaged -- for refusing to take bribes, she's driven to action.
* DirtyCop: Most of them, except for Carter.
* DirtyHarriet: Coffy uses this tactic to work her way through the ranks of the underworld.
* DrugsAreBad: This movie had a very strong anti-drug message, which was unusual for its time.
** That's usually taken as a conservative message on the part of writer/director Jack Hill, although he has stated that he wasn't trying to to send a message, but simply to do the opposite of what all the other movies were doing. Another noted example is ''The Swinging Cheerleaders'', where a campus radical leader is a rapist who gets his comeuppance from the football team. Most movies of the time would have pitted savior radicals against rapist jocks.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: One with a great deal of ValuesDissonance.
* FashionDissonance: King George's PimpDuds in his first scenes may have been cool on a pimp in TheSeventies. Today the outfilt -- a skin-tight, chest-baring, orange jumpsuit with a matching cape -- would raise a few eyebrows.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Vitroni towards Coffy. Even after she's tried to kill him, he acts nice towards her, orders his henchmen not to harm her, and then swears on his mother that as long as she tells the truth, she can go. Then he orders his henchmen to take her out and kill her.
* FinGore: During the big CatFight scene, one woman grabs Coffy by her hair without realizing that she's tied razorblades into her afro. She is later shown with big bandages on her hands.
* GroinAttack: Some of Coffy's gun blasts were aimed pretty ''low''.
* HammerspaceHair:
** Coffy hides blades in her afro before starting the aformentioned CatFight.
** She also hides a sharpened shiv (improvised from one of her hair pins) during her captivity in a sauna, used later to escape rape and death.
* HighClassCallGirl: King George employs several of them. His business thrives, until the day he hires a sexy young woman named [[CharacterNameAlias Mystique...]]
* ImprovisedWeapon:
** Before the big CatFight scene, Coffy ties razorblades in her afro hairdo. One of the prostitutes then grabs her by the hair, with [[FinGore a gory result]].
** When held captive by the bad guys, Coffy sharpens a hairpin on a stone. She then uses it to repeatedly stab a man in the neck.
* LingerieScene: Coffy strips to her black bra and panties during one of her DirtyHarriet scenes.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Howard Brunswick: CorruptPolitician, Coffy's lover, and total bastard.]]
* MsFanservice: Well, we ''are'' talking about Creator/PamGrier.
* NippleAndDimed: Averted. The movie does not shy away from showing female nipples. Or female breasts. Or topless women.
* PimpDuds: King George has an amazing wardrobe, most notably the yellow-orange outfit with the prominent moose knuckle.
* {{Pun}}: When trying to kill Coffy with an overdose of heroin, the bad guys unknowingly put sugar in Coffy.
** Perhaps this is an example of Irony.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Coffy won't stop until the pushers and pimps [[GottaKillThemAll are all dead]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Coffy.
* ShowerScene
* ShowSomeLeg: This is a standard method of seduction for Coffy. Of course, she shows much more than her legs...
* TheSeventies: It's not just the clothes that makes this film a PeriodPiece. The take on social issues is also typical of the decade, with the exception of its very unequivocal "drugs are bad" message.
* VaporWear:
** Many of the women are obviously braless. It is TheSeventies, after all.
** The white dress Coffy wears as Mystique makes it quite clear that she is not wearing any kind of underwear.
* [[VigilanteMan Vigilante Woman]]: After her first assault, Coffy contemplates the possibility of vigilante justice while talking with Carter. He discourages it, since he's a good cop who believes in the law. After the two of them are attacked for Carter's refusal to be bought out, Coffy makes her decision.
* WhatADrag: Poor King George. He didn't even know what he did wrong.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent:
** Coffy plays her role as the prostitute "Mystique" with a Jamaican accent, but she doesn't quite seem to get it roh wow, [[DistractedByTheSexy she just took her clothes off]].
** Some of the other prostitutes have rather interesting accents, as well.
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