Hill, schooled in the Corman maxim of ensuring everything is up there on screen, certainly makes his meagre budget stretch, but his most prized possession is undoubtedly Grier. She's a true force of nature, diving into proceeds with a fierce and unreserved passion. Her willingness to go the whole nine yards more than makes up for any shortcomings in the acting department (the Jamaican accept she adapts whilst posing undercover as one of King George's girls is endearingly awful). Once again, Arrow Films have done a terrific job on the transfer here, and the extensive and illuminating supplementary material they've pulled together offers some nice contextual weight to the film itself (in one interview Grier reveals she modelled the central character on her own mother, a nurse who would often have to tend to her neighbour's ailments in a segregated community). Like many of the films from that era, Coffy hasn't aged particularly well, but it's still an entertaining snapshot of the shifting sociological changes of that time wrapped up in crowd- pleasing B-movie.
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