“Her whole life is gone. She can never get it back, and you’re living real good; that ain’t right.”
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… expecting sex in exchange for drugs, only to be killed off by Coffy in a furious rage.
From there, we see Coffy attempting to do her official work at a hospital, but being too traumatized to focus:
… given she is deeply concerned about her sister, who is in a rehab center for drug use.
Throughout the remainder of the film, we see Greer inhabiting a variety of clever guises to continue her vengeance. She visits a scarred prostitute (Carol Lawson):
… and uses violence to convince her to share details of where notorious pimp King George (Robert DoQui) hides his drug stash, then easily infiltrates George’s stallion as a new hire:
… though she’s instantly disliked by George’s top girl (Linda Haynes). Coffy is soon kidnapped by a sociopathic john (Allan Arbus) who’s taken a liking to her:
… and the jam-packed plot continues to thicken, including more revealed about the aspiring politician (Booker Bradshaw) Coffy is in love with.
In its low-budget, high-sensation way, Coffy effectively conveys the complexities of corrupt systems in which everyone is out for themselves, and innocent participants will most definitely be sacrificed; in a world like this, it’s obvious that we need dedicated, savvy vigilantes just like Coffy.
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