"That's my sister, baby. And she's a whole lotta woman."Foxy Brown
is a 1974 Blaxploitation
film, one of the first to feature a strong female lead—specifically, Pam Grier
, the original Action Girl
. Following the success of its spiritual predecessor
, writer/director Jack Hill wanted to create a sequel that would star Pam Grier reprising her famous role. The working script, titled Burn, Coffy, Burn
, was changed at the last minute when American-International Pictures decided they didn't want the movie to be a sequel
. The script was quickly rewritten, and Foxy Brown
Foxy Brown's boyfriend, Dalton Ford, recently worked undercover to expose a local crime ring. The movie opens shortly after he receives plastic surgery
, and he's all set to retire
under his new identity, Michael Anderson. Unfortunately, Link Brown, Foxy's drug dealing brother, recognizes Michael for who he is and exposes him to the mob in exchange for leniency regarding his own indescretions. The mob has Dalton/Michael murdered, and Foxy Brown poses as a high class call girl
to get her revenge against
and take down the creepy white couple
who run everything.
Not to be confused with the rapper of the same name.
This film provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: Foxy wears a red dress with this in one scene. For some reason, this scene is used in lots of the movie posters and publicity shots.
- Action Girl: It was the 70's and it starred Pam Grier. Foxy Brown was one of the first of her kind.
- Afro Asskicker
- The Aggressive Drug Dealer: The backwoods hicks shown later in the film are something of a 70's version of this trope. They give Foxy injections of heroin while she sleeps in an effort to get her addicted.
- Baby Carriage: An early fight scene shows a criminal pushing a carriage in front of a car, which fortunately turns before impact.
- Battleaxe Nurse: A lighter version of this trope is Dalton's nurse, who breaks up Dalton's romantic moment with Foxy and goes so far as to slap his, um, pitched tent.
- Bar Brawl: When Claudia is being aggressively hit upon by a rather butch woman at the lesbian bar, Foxy comes in to rescue her. After an incident with a bar stool (see below), the patrons come after Foxy, who starts kicking ass. The fight escalates quickly, with thrown chairs, broken tables, and at least one lady's head going into a jukebox.
- Character Title: Foxy Brown.
- Clothing Damage: Foxy's shirt is torn open (and one of her sleeves torn half off) when she is captured by the bad guys. Later her bra gets torn off, too.
- Combat Pragmatist: Foxy's got a black belt. In bar stools. She also can turn wire hangers into lethal weapons.
- Corrupt Hick: The two bumbling drug dealers that hold Foxy hostage are as backwoods as they come.
- Cruel Mercy: "Death is too easy for you, bitch. I want you to suffer." This suffering includes the knowledge that Foxy removed the manhood of said bitch's boyfriend. Foxy also let the boyfriend live and suffer.
- Dirty Cop: The bad guys have bought off most of the police force, and also keeps a number of judges friendly by supplying them with prostitutes. We are explicitly shown some cops guarding the air strip where a drug delivery is taking place; they take orders from Steve and promise not to let anybody in until the transaction is finished.
- Dirty Harriet: Foxy is posing as a High-Class Call Girl to infiltrate Katherine's organization. She succeeds in making some damage but this leads to her cover being blown and she has to use more direct methods later.
- Ear Ache: Foxy shoots Link in the ear when she finds out what he's done. He's seen later with his ear bandaged.
- Hammerspace Hair: Foxy hides a gun in her hair.
- High-Class Call Girl: Foxy poses as one. As with Coffy, this is a standard means of both allowing Pam Grier's character to get to the top for revenge and take off her clothes in the process.
- Honey Trap: Foxy and Claudia pull this one on their first client.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Claudia.
- I Know Karate: A very butch lesbian at the bar feels it's fair to warn Foxy that her hands are deadly weapons. Foxy has her own warning, given only after she uses it: "I've got my black belt in barstools!"
- Improbable Weapon User:
- "I've got my black belt in barstools!"
- Foxy turns a bunch of wire hangers into a deadly weapon.
- She also uses an airplane propeller as a meat grinder.
- The Infiltration: This is the backstory behind Dalton Ford, before he's given plastic surgery and becomes Michael Anderson. After his death, Foxy does the same thing to avenge him.
- Jive Turkey: Lots of it, even more than Coffy.
- Lingerie Scene:
- In Foxy's very first scene in the movie, she is first wearing a see-through nightie, then just panties. Then she puts on her bra and hides a gun in it.
- Foxy and Claudia strip down to their bras and panties when setting up the corrupt judge for his humiliation scene.
- When Foxy is captured by the bad guys her shirt is torn open, exposing her bra. It is left that way for several scenes. Then one of the bad guys tears her bra off, as well.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: At first played straight, but then averted. The movie opens after the surgery takes place, so the audience is not shown what Dalton Ford looked like before he became Michael Anderson (except for a small newspaper photo). One of his colleagues comments on how effective the procedure was. Despite this, Foxy's brother is able to recognize Dalton/Michael and report him to the gangsters.
- Ms. Fanservice: Foxy. When she isn't wearing skimpy and/or skintight clothes, or just lingerie, the bad guys arrange for some convenient Clothing Damage.
- Naked People Trapped Outside: Foxy Brown and Claudia, her new call girl friend, strip their first client (a corrupt judge) naked, make fun of his genitals, then throw him out into the hotel hallway without pants. A group of middle aged women catch him struggling with an innocent bystander, and batter him with their purses and umbrellas.
- Psycho Lesbian: The woman who makes the very direct advances on Claudia while at the lesbian bar certainly qualifies for this trope.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Foxy's mission turns into this after she is caught and abused by the bad guys.
- Sassy Black Woman: Foxy.
- Slasher Smile: Katherine smiles a lot, usually at someone else's misfortune.
- Son of a Whore: Claudia, the call girl Foxy befriends early in the movie, has a husband and a son. They both want her to come home, but the evil pimp couple won't let her.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Used a few times by Foxy herself.
- Unholy Matrimony: Steve Elias and Katherine Wall, a passionate couple who are also drug kingpins and pimps. At least, the relationship is passionate on Katherine's side; Steve seems to take a more pragmatic attitude to it, using it as a way to ascend from being The Dragon to actually running the operation, and keeps flirting with Katherine's call girls.
- Up to Eleven: It's in the tagline DON'T MESS AROUN' WITH FOXY BROWN indeed. If her fighting abilities wasn't enough of a warning, consider what happened to to the sex slave dealers and one guy and his girlfriend which Brown follows through, the look on the faces on those who learn the hard says it all.
- Vapor Wear:
- Katherine instructs one of her call girls in how to use this look to her advantage: her dress should hug her breasts, showing off her nipples.
- Katherine herself is obviously braless, as are most of her call girls.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Foxy's bra doubles as a holster for a small handgun.
- Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: The film features a scene in a lesbian bar.
- Vigilante Woman: Foxy Brown, like Coffy, deals out her own brand of justice.