This is one of those films that, as with Death Race 2000, Shaft and Rollerball, epitomises so many seventies’ attitudes: sex, ultra-violence, revenge on a Grecian scale and all disco-style and funk of substance.
It was the decade of decadence and just getting away with it, using the freedom of the sixties with the developing commercialism of the eighties and beyond. Bubble gum cinema with all the delayed gratification taken out: what you get is what you want and what you want is pretty much exactly what you get.
You watch to see the darker side of drug dealing with Pam’s brother Link – short for Lincoln – Brown (Antonio Fargas as himself basically…) getting in all kinds of trouble in his attempts to monetise the opportunities of supply and demand.
|Link on the run...|
Helping her maintain this big business is a weirdly-smooth Steve Elias (Peter Brown) who, whilst being the object of Miss Kathy’s infatuation – she loves it when he hurts people – has his own agenda beyond falsified reciprocation. He’s too shallow even for the hollow.
|Baddies: Kathryn Loder and Peter Brown|
|Pam Grier and Terry Carter|
Here’s a chance for Link to re-finance and he can’t resist selling his sister’s man down the river exchanging £20,000 in exchange for Mike’s life. Foxy is naturally aggrieved and resolves to avenge her fallen lover just as soon as she’s kicked Link around his apartment.
|Under cover (just about etc...)|
After this there’s no going back and after sending Claudia off to safe haven, Foxy is caught by the syndicate after Link one again fails her, this time fatally.
|Juanita Brown, Harry Holcombe and Pam Grier|
|Things look bleak until inspiration strikes|
|Fight the power|
You can frown and focus on the marketing aspects but the actress emerges as proudly as her character and you can see why Quentin Tarantino was so keen to make Jackie Brown for her 20 years later.
Foxy Brown is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Amazon and elsewhere it is genuinely "Superbad” in the seventies sense!