Combustible Celluloid
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With: Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown, Kathryn Loder, Terry Carter, Harry Holcombe, Sid Haig, Juanita Brown, Bob Minor, Tony Giorgio, Fred Lerner, H.B. Haggerty, Boyd 'Red' Morgan
Written by: Jack Hill
Directed by: Jack Hill
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 94
Date: 04/05/1974

Foxy Brown (1974)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Don't Mess Aroun' with Foxy Brown

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After the success of Coffy, director Jack Hill and Pam Grier made their fourth and final film together, Foxy Brown. It copies certain plot elements from its predecessor, but it's a bit more brutal. As the title character, Grier goes undercover as a prostitute to avenge the death of her boyfriend. The movie benefits from a performance by the great Antonio Fargas (best known as "Huggy Bear" in TV's "Starsky and Hutch") as Foxy's brother. (The film's opening scene, in which Fargas attempts to duck an angry gangster at a hot dog stand, should have done for tacos and coffee what The Godfather did for spaghetti.)

As ever, Hill's potent direction and Grier's impressive screen presence bring this one home, and it was a hit. Willie Hutch provided the funky music score. In 2003, MGM released a DVD with a theatrical trailer and an audio commentary track by Hill. Olive Films released a great-looking, great-sounding Blu-ray edition in 2015, but, sadly, without the commentary track.

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