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1970-1974

Coffy (1973)

Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier,Booker Bradshaw, Robert Doqui, WilliamElliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig. Coffy(Pam Grier) is a nurse turned avenger,becoming a one-woman, anti-drugvigilante who roots out the dealers who"turned on" her 11-year-old sister.This violent, sexy drama is a variationon urban vigilante flicks, where familymembers fight crime more effectivelythan the cops, and in much moreprovocative ways. 91 min. ;
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Cooley High (1975)

Directed by Michael Schultz. Cast:Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs,Garrett Morris, Cynthia Davis.Fun-loving and warm movie about highschool life in the 1960's. Preach, aserious-minded writer and Cochise, abasketball hero headed for college, arebest friends at Cooley High in Chicago.Together, they cut classes to go to thezoo, crash parties, put the hustle onsome hustlers, and dream of getting outof their impoverished, roughneighborhood. 107 min.
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Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

Directed by Ossie Davis. Cast: GodfreyCambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, CalvinLockhart, Judy Pace, Redd Foxx, JohnAnderson, Emily Yancy, Lou Jacobi,Eugene Roche, J.D. Cannon. Johnson andGrave Digger Jones are two Harlemplainsclothes cops investigating a"Back to Africa" campaign run by ashady preacher. 97 min.
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Disco Godfather (1979)

Directed by J. Robert Wagoner. Cast:Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch.Rudy Ray Moore is Tucker Williams, therapping owner of the Blueberry Hill disco.An ex-cop with a penchant for head-whackingmartial arts, Tucker is called into actionwhen his nephew gets hooked on angel dust.With the help of his "Gal Friday" Noel,Tucker declares war on Stinger Ray, thenation's leading angel dust producer. Butas the war progresses, Tucker learns thatStinger and his goons are as deadly as thedrugs they push.

Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)

Directed by William Crain. Cast: BernieCasey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O'Henry,Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Milt Kogan, Stu Gillam.Dr. Henry Pride, a black man, isinvolved in research at a largehospital to find a cure for cirrhosisof the liver. In his lab alone at nightDr. Pride injects a brown rat with hislatest serum and is astonished to seethe color pigmentation drain and therat turn white. Even its nature changesas it attacks and kills the other ratsin the cage. Pride continues to perfectthe serum and later, injects an oldblack woman near death from a liverailment.

Five on the Black Hand Side (1973)

Directed by Oscar Williams. Cast:Clarice Taylor, Leonard Jackson, VirginiaCapers.. In the Brooks family, Papa mayrule with an iron fist ... but Mama's aboutto slap him down. Tired of being told whatto do and when to do it, she goes to war!Swapping her old housedress for army-greenduds and combing her tidily coiffed headinto a ceiling-scraping 'fro, she takes tothe roof on strike. 96 min. Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database

Fox in a Box Bonus Disc

Features documentaries and interviewsin honor of Pam Grier andblaxploitation films, looking at herinfluence on mass culture andparticularly at her films Coffy, FoxyBrown, and Sheba, baby. Pam Grier:super foxy -- Blaxploitation to hip-hop-- Original theatrical trailers. Coffy; Foxy Brown ; Sheba, baby.

Foxy Brown (1974)

Directed by Jack Hill. Cast: Pam Grier,Peter Brown, Terry Carter, Kathryn Loder,Harry Holcombe, Antonio Fargas. A sexyblack woman, Foxy Brown, seeks revenge whenher government agent boyfriend Michael isshot down by gangsters led by the kinkycouple of Steve Elias and Miss Katherine[Internet Movie Database]. 94 min.Credits and other information from the InternetMovie Database
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Ganja & Hess (1973)

Directed by Bill Gunn. Cast: DuaneJones, Marlene Clark, John Hoffmeister,Enrico Fales, Mabel King. A blackanthropologist is studying the ancientculture of Myrthia which disappeared whenit was destroyed by a transmittable amoebicparasite that was addicted to blood. In thecourse of his research, he is stabbed witha Myrthian dagger by his assistant, whothen kills himself.

Jackie Brown (1997)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast:Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, RobertForster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Keaton,Robert De Niro, Michael Bowen, HattieWinston, Chris Tucker. A stewardess, astreet-tough gun runner, a lonely bailbondsman, a shifty ex-con, a stoned-outbeach bunny and an earnest federal agentconverge in a quest for a missing halfmillion dollars.

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