I’m stumped. I don’t know what I can say about this woman that can possibly do her justice.
Her actions say them all. She’s my queen for that reason alone.
She’s just, well…..nope, no words to justify.
"She’s brown sugar and spice. But if you don’t treat her nice, she’ll put you on ice."
This flick has one of the best credit sequences I’ve ever seen in a movie and kind of confirms the fact that there isn’t a bad scene in this entire thing.
Seeing Pam dancing in various outfits while the credits come and go lets you know you’re in for something special. She’s all groove and smooth and high kicks and punches. Love it.
The most difficult decision I’ve had to make since starting this blog was whether to cover THIS masterpiece or Coffy. Unfortunately Foxy Brown gets labelled by many as a remake of Coffy and its such a lazy assumption that it makes me sad to read such bull. The reason I had so much trouble deciding cancels that theory out like a Pam Grier shotgun to the stomach.
In Coffy, our heroine is an everywoman. As the movie progresses she gets so beaten mentally and sometimes physically that, as the movie goes on, she inevitably gets stronger and stronger.
Love the development no doubt.
But less than 5 minutes into Foxy Brown and you know that this is a strong woman right from the get-go.
In Coffy she builds the strength. Foxy is power from the off. Strong in both flicks. Very different Pam. This is why I didn’t know which to choose. In the end it was : “hell, I’ll do Coffy another time.” Problem solved. ;-)
The movie starts with Link, Foxy’s brother, in too deep with the wrong people. You see here what sort of woman she is straight away. Link makes a distress call to her just before he’s about to be taken down. Foxy’s up, in the car, and barrelling these guys over before you can say : “Why doesn’t Hollywood make strong women like this.”
Every single talking character in this movie has a rightful place in the overall scheme of that thing we call perfection. Cos this movie is just that.
I adore every character in this film and Miss Catherine and Stephen are no exception. The fact that they run the drugs, prostitution, police and judges really sets up the daunting task Foxy is to take on.
Catherine plays the boss with such quiet menace and Kathryn Loder should be recognised for making me in awe but also hating her and everything she stood for. Brilliant actress.
Stephen is no slouch himself and Peter Brown embodies the role perfectly even if Kathryn wears the trousers for the majority.
Even the two goons who work for them are awesome. I REALLY wanted these 4 taking the hell out and they hadn’t really done anything yet. :-)
The next scene is my favourite as we meet her fella Michael Anderson for the first time. One can’t help but fall deeply in love with them as a couple.
Having his face remodelled to start a new life away from the criminals he’s been undercover with, its a beautiful scene from start to finish.
Foxy seducing him while he sleeps, pulling the curtain closed for fun-time, getting caught by the nurse. Its incredibly playful and hilarious but its hard to describe its punch if you haven’t witnessed it.
The police arrive and inform Michael that he can only do what he wants if the boss (Foxy) says so. That smile that Foxy gives Michael is one of pure love and I’ve watched a million romantic films that don’t have the power of that one short scene. Magical cinema.
Meeting the vigilante crew’s leader (above left) in the next scene is just adding on to the list of perfect characters in this gem. Him and his boys taking out a drug dealer is an awesome action sequence and I love these characters that exist out of the law for the better good that the corrupt police won’t bring.
Michael being a straight cop rightfully questions it and Foxy belts out just one of her many amazing pieces of dialogue :
"Vigilante Justice……..it’s as American as apple pie"
Michaels "I guess so" kinda sums it up really.
As the leader explains that Foxys last fella “ran out” on her, it makes me see Foxy as a sequel to Coffy. Its not true but it is in my head. ;-)
Enter Foxys alter-ego, Misty Cotton. When Foxy steamrolls into the organisation to get in with them and take them down one phase at a time, you notice something that, in hindsight, you knew was always there :
Pam Grier is the most beautiful woman on the planet.
Seeing Michael drooling and getting Miss Catherine all riled up just makes you so happy at the power Foxy can generate. The boys they drool. The women lose their cool. GO PAM!!!
As she enter the judges house to pleasure him in exchange for one of Catherines clients walking free, it starts my second favourite scene.
Instead of doing as they’re told, Foxy and her friend Claudia embarrass the Judge in all manors from the size of his penis :
"I’ve heard of a meat shortage but that’s just ridiculous"
To the schoolboy trip that leaves him naked outside his room to be beaten by angered house wives.
But It’s the dialogue before she slams the door that is officially line of the movie :
"You pink-ass corrupt honky judge. Take your little wet noodle outta here and if you see a man anywhere then send him in because i do need a MAN." Foxy should rule the world.
Its a riot to watch and is up there with the hospital scene I mentioned earlier. Jack Hill strikes gold.
Foxy hides Claudia and we later find that the Judge is no longer helping Catherines organisation out.
Phase 1 Complete. No more pay-offs. Dynamite baby.
The following scene in the ladies bar where Foxy rescues a wandering Claudia is worth noting. The dialogue from the above shot goes like this :
Lady on left : “I have a black belt in Karate.”
Foxy after smashing her over the head with a stool : "And I have a black belt in barstools."
I couldn’t make this up. But King Jack Hill did. And I love him forever for it.
Foxy is caught and then sent to ‘The Farm’ where the drugs are cut to be beaten, drugged and all the rest. Thankfully its all off-screen.
Foxy grabbing a blade in her teeth, cutting herself free, then shooting and setting fire to her dirty kidnappers is an exhilarating sight to behold.
And it also has some more awesome dialogue in response to her petrol covered adversary :
"Thiiiis….This is gasoline."
"You know it motherfucker."
Oh fucking hell yeah.
Phase 2 Complete. Cutting The Supply. Superbad. Dig It?
Taking out the buyers and half of Catherines crew with a helicopter and catching Stephen with help from the Vigilante boys, its left up to the leader to remove our Steves manhood with a knife. Take that you evil pimpy pimper.
As Foxy would later say to Catherine :
"Death is too easy for you, Bitch."
Thus begins the final showdown with Catherine. But what of the two guards in Foxy’s way ?
And thus begins the epic showdown……
…..that actually ends in a single shot. I loved that. It was way better than a catfight. Both women are better than that.
I’m sorry that this profile is just me talking about plot points and saying how awesome they are. As I said at the beginning, I have no words that can do Pam Grier justice. She’s Pam freakin’ Grier for crying out loud. Words are untouchable to her awesome.
All I know is I love her in Coffy as much as this flick. Jackie Brown and The Arena the same.
If Zoe Bell is my saviour.
And Tura Satana is my Goddess.
Then that makes Pam Grier Queen of my world.
Thank you for your time.