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Foxy Brown (1974)

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5.6
 / 10
4 votes
Genres:
Blaxploitation, Crime, Crime Thriller, Thriller
Director:
Jack Hill Jack Hill
Starring:
Pam Grier Pam Grier
Antonio Fargas Antonio Fargas
Peter Brown Peter Brown
Terry Carter Terry Carter
Kathryn Loder Kathryn Loder
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Review by Chad
Added: March 09, 2007
Pam Grier returns as the ass-kicking sista that we all know and love in what was almost the sequel to 1973's Coffy. You see, the producers set out to film a sequel after the success of that movie (in fact, this film was actually originally entitled Burn, Coffy, Burn!), but midway through the shoot, American-International Pictures decided that they didn't want to make a sequel after all. So, the plans for a sequel were scrapped at the last minute, and we wound up with Foxy Brown taking its place. Really though, who cares about the title or the sequel status: we get to see Pam Grier doing what she does best, what more could you ask for?

This time around, Foxy is up to her ample bosom in trouble courtesy of her dope-dealing brother Link (Antonio Fargas). It all begins when he gets into trouble with his providers, leading him to come crawling to Foxy for help and a place to stay. That's fine and all, until Foxy's narcotics officer boyfriend Dalton Ford (Terry Carter) gets out of the hospital after having facial reconstruction surgery to radically alter his appearance. The couple are planning to start a new life after having fingered big-time kingpin Katherine Wall (Kathryn Loder) in court, but Dalton winds up dead when Link recognizes him and rats him out to the dealers in order to save his own ass. Now, Foxy is out to gain revenge on the dealers who did this, the woman who set the plan into motion, and all of the crooked honkies who allowed it to happen.

I thoroughly enjoyed Coffy, so needless to say, I had high hopes for this one... and let me tell you, I definitely wasn't disappointed. While it could be successfully argued that Foxy Brown is nothing more than another telling of the same basic story found in Coffy, it's still just as enjoyable here as it was in the previous offering. Besides, when you have someone as talented (and gorgeous) as Grier in the leading role doing what she does best - kicking ass and looking good while doing it - how could anyone complain about a second serving?

As mentioned, the storyline works in much the same way as it did in Coffy, so your opinion of one film will probably be the same opinion that you'll have of the other. There's still lots of action, explosions, shoot-outs, and yes, more than a couple of peeks at Grier's rack. There's also a severe shortage of political-correctness this time around, and while Coffy probably wouldn't have won any awards in that regard anyway, things are definitely turned up a notch here. I miss the days when film makers had balls and didn't have to worry about offending anyone. In today's films, even the racist characters can't get away with using the "N" word for fear of upsetting the black audience, and likewise, characters can't risk alienating the white audience with similar stereotypes and slurs. This is far from the case with this film, as you can't go five minutes without the black characters and the white characters trading racially-charged insults with one another. There's also a particularly nasty rape scene in which Foxy is on the receiving end of a fair level of brutality, and once again, this sort of thing wouldn't fly in today's mainstream releases - and again, it helped the film by adding a level of realism and making the audience genuinely care for the heroine.

Throw in another small role for Sid Haig (in a horrible wig no less), mix in a little Black Panther action (though they're never specifically labeled as such), let Grier do her thing, and you've got yet another quality blaxploitation release. It's certainly not high art and it's not exactly a landmark film, but when you're in the mood for a little mindless action coupled with some gratuitous T&A, you can't do much better than Foxy Brown. 8/10.
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Ginose #1: Ginose - added 07/29/2007, 03:58 AM
DAMN! Pam Grieris hot... hell... she's still hot... But, really, her and Sid Haig work excellent together. I liked his role, minute as it was. All around this is an excellent blaxploitation (though I've heard SOME argue that it falls into that genre) and general exploitation film. Fun and fun to watch... though upon my first viewing I had no idea that it was a sequal to "Coffy"... go figure, huh? 7.7/10
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