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USA 1974
Directed by
Jack Hill
94 minutes
Rated R

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Foxy Brown

Originally conceived as a sequel to his 1973 hit, Coffy, that also starred Pam Grier, Foxy Brown is pretty much the same game with a different names.

This time Grier is Foxy Brown, a name which in itself indicates the self-consciously hip style which typifies the blaxploitation genre, which this film well exemplifies. The usual genre traits are present in abundance - jive talkin' niggers, pimp clothes, petrol guzzling cars and clumsily-executed stunts  - along with Grier’s ample bosom as she goes about avenging the murder of her undercover cop boyfriend (Terry Carter) by a drug-dealing sex ring of racist whiteys led by a super-bitch (Kathryn Loder). Foxy cuts a swathe through the bad guys as she is subjected to various indignities including being raped by a couple of grimy white goons. Somehow this sort of thing gained some cachet for its anti-drug position but whether this had any purchase on an audience with an appetite for such cheap thrills is another matter.

Although in terms of acting this time around Grier is considerably more convincing as the sex-pot vigilante and the film is somewhat better produced, although the emphasis on violence as opposed to cheesy pimp culture will for some latter-day blaxploitation fans make this a less appealing film than its predecessor but nevertheless there are still plenty of tawdry pleasures to be had.

Available from: Shock Entertainment




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