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Tricia's retro film review: Foxy Brown

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Foxy Brown is the 1974 Blaxploitation film starring Pam Grier. She plays the title character who has a criminal brother named Link and an agent boyfriend. When Link rats him out to Steve and Katherine, who are drug runners. He is killed and while Foxy will not hurt him, she has no qualms about destroying Katherine’s business. She goes undercover as a prostitute at a “modeling agency” and saves a fellow employee at the cost of having her cover blown. Foxy is able to flee from her prison and goes to a neighborhood watch for help. Can they stop Katherine’s syndicate?

This is the classic Blaxploitation film with a black heroine. In fact, it has her trying to avenge her boyfriend’s death, which is uncommon in American action movies at that time. The neighborhood watch guy’s comment that drugs are the “new slavery” is a pretty good metaphor since the African-American community was hit hard by drug addiction and people have become “enslaved” by drugs. The ending is memorable merely because castration is involved although it’s still good. If the Honolulu action film fan can handle the violence, they should give Foxy Brown a try.

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