Plot: What’s it about?
When it comes to beauty, brains, and the whole package, no woman alive can compete with the brown sugar vixen, Foxy Brown (Pam Grier). She has the looks to kill and an arsenal to do the same, which she plans to use on all those who stand in her path. You see, Foxy once had her life on the road to happiness and had a wonderful lover named Link (Antonio Fargas), with whom she planned to start a real future. But Link was an undercover narcotics agent and when he was gunned down by some thugs, Foxy vows to make sure his death is avenged. So she dons her sexiest dress and poses as a call girl, which allows her to charm her way into the crime circle, where she can than take her revenge. As she makes her rounds however, she discovers this crime ring has some deep connections, which makes her plans that much more dangerous. So she will have to make use of her looks, mind, and various weapons and even then, it won’t be an easy task. But when it comes to Foxy Brown and what she wants, no man alive can stop her.
I am very pleased with MGM’s Soul Cinema series and of course, Foxy Brown is a title that had to be included. This movie is loaded with the action, attitude, and style we expect from pictures in this genre and with Pam Grier in the lead, Foxy Brown is one of the best films this genre has to offer. I know a lot of people attack the writing and acting in this movie, but in truth, I think the basics are well in place and that is enough to power the movie until the closing credits. The characters aren’t always deep and well developed, but they are humorous and very fun to watch, which has to count for something, right? Foxy Brown has liberal doses of violence and while the scenes aren’t that bad, I know some people have issues with violence of any kind, so I’ve warned you. I have to admit that the violence isn’t always needed, but it adds to the entertainment value and that is a serious factor in movies like this one. I give this movie a very high recommendation and since MGM graced us with a very nice disc, I think this one is worth the purchase price, so add it to your collection whenever you can.
Oh man, does Pam Grier ever kick ass, take names, and come back for more in this movie. You want to talk about the toughest woman to ever grace the screen? If so, then you need to look no further as she is Foxy Brown and Grier plays the role to utter perfection. Grier is able to beat up the guys and handle weapons (from guns to barstools) with ease, but also retains a certain level of beauty, which is always welcome. So not only does she make the men beg for mercy, but she looks so damn good while she does so. This is one of the best roles in the genre and thanks to Grier, it is one that will persevere for some time. You can also see Grier in such films as Friday Foster, Jawbreaker, Jackie Brown, Scream Blacula Scream, Original Gangstas, Escape From L.A., Black Mama White Mama, and Sheba, Baby. The cast here also includes Sid Haig (Ebony Ivory & Jade, THX 1138), Peter Brown (Rape Squad, Slashed Dreams), Katheryn Loder (Night of the Witches), Terry Carter (Brother On The Run), and Antonio Fargas (Cleopatra Jones, Shaft). The director here is the great Jack Hill, who also helmed such films as Switchblade Sisters, The Swinging Cheerleaders, Coffy, Spider Baby, The Wasp Woman, and Pit Stop.
Video: How does it look?
Foxy Brown is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. There’s no chance of losing the film’s ’70s texture, but then again, I’d be mad if it was gone. So the colors look a little faded and the image is on the dated side, but that is how it should be and as I said, I would be disappointed if it were any different. But the image here is very good in all respects, which starts with a new anamorphic transfer, created from a very clean source print. The colors look on the faded side, but that is all good and in terms of contrast, the black levels are sharp and well defined. I’m very pleased with this transfer, which offers modern touches, while keeping the intended texture intact also.
Audio: How does it sound?
Not much to discuss here, as a rather basic mono track is included. I do think the great musical soundtrack deserves more punch, but aside from that, this mono option seems up to the task. The track has no audible hiss, which is nice and the harshness is also minimal, another welcome touch. I had no problems with the sound effects or dialogue, both of which come across in fine form and show no signs of serious flaws. Not all of these older mono tracks turn out well, but thankfully, this one does.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer, as well as an audio commentary track with writer/director Jack Hill. As is the standard for his commentaries, Hill has a lot of information to share, on topics like character touches, memories from the production, as well as many other insightful subjects. I’ve liked his other tracks a lot and in the end, this is another excellent one from Hill.