Tuesday, May 5, 2015

OLIVE FILMS JUNE 9TH RELEASES - BLAXPLOITATION BONANZA!

COFFY (1973, action): Pam Grier became a staple of early 1970s blaxploitation films by playing bold, assertive women, starting with Jack Hill's Coffy. Her character was advertised in the original trailer as the "baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!" Grier's role was noted as being the first African-American female to headline an action film.

FOXY BROWN (1974, action): Pam Grier teams up once again with Coffy director Jack Hill in this blaxploitation follow-up that was filmed in an astounding 17 days.

FRIDAY FOSTER (1975, action): “Wham! Bam! Here Comes Pam” and with that Pam Grier is back in action as Friday Foster.

HAMMER (1972, action): Former football-player-turned-actor Fred Williamson’s off-the-field nickname was “The Hammer.”

A Pam Grier fan, director Quentin Tarantino would pay homage to her blaxploitation roots when crafting the film Jackie Brown for Grier. Jackie Brown took clear inspiration from films like Coffy and Foxy Brown.

COFFY (1973)


Starring:
PAM GRIER (Foxy Brown, Fort Apache The Bronx, Jackie Brown, Something This Way Wicked Comes)
BOOKER BRADSHAW (The Strawberry Statement, Skullduggery)
ROBERT DOQUI (Nashville, Short Cuts)
SID HAIG (The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown)

Directed by: JACK HILL (Foxy Brown, Switchblade Sisters)

YEAR: 1973
GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 90 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, Color
AUDIO: Stereo
DISC: 1

SYNOPSIS:
Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown) stars as Nurse “Coffy” Coffin in the mother of all Blaxploitation films, Coffy.

Coffy is a one-woman vigilante force, out to even the score with those that have hooked her sister on drugs. Using her feminine wiles (along with deadly weaponry), Coffy sets about ridding the streets of low-life drug dealers, pimps, deviants and society’s scum in the kick-ass action film Coffy.

Jack Hill (Foxy Brown, Switchblade Sisters) directs Booker Bradshaw (The Strawberry Statement, Skullduggery), Robert DoQui (Nashville, Short Cuts) and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown) in Coffy starring Pam Grier (Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown).

COFFY DVD SRP: $24.95
COFFY BD SRP: $29.95

FOXY BROWN (1974)


Starring:
PAM GRIER (Coffy, Fort Apache The Bronx, Friday Foster, Jackie Brown)
ANTONIO FARGAS (Conrack, Car Wash)
PETER BROWN (Merrill’s Marauder’s, Teenage Tease)
SID HAIG (Coffy, Jackie Brown)

Directed by: JACK HILL (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters)

YEAR: 1974
GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 92 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, Color
AUDIO: 5.1
DISC: 1

SYNOPSIS:
Foxy Brown (Pam Grier, Coffy, Jackie Brown) is “a whole lot of woman” and more. Just you wait and see.

Seeking revenge for the murder of her government-agent boyfriend, a government-agent, Foxy goes to any means necessary - even posing as a prostitute to infiltrate a modeling agency that’s a cover for sex trafficking - to bring the killer to justice.

Foxy Brown co-stars Antonio Fargas (Conrack, Car Wash), Peter Brown (Teenage Tease, Merrill’s Marauder’s), Terry Carter (Brother On The Run), Sid Haig (Coffy, The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown) and is directed by Jack Hill (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters).

FOXY BROWN DVD SRP: $24.95
FOXY BROWN BD SRP: $29.95

FRIDAY FOSTER (1975)


Starring:
PAM GRIER (Coffy, Jackie Brown, TV’s The L Word)
EARTHA KITT (The Emperor’s New Groove, Erik The Viking)
YAPHET KOTTO (Alien, Blue Collar)
GODFREY CAMBRIDGE (Watermelon Man, Cotton Comes To Harlem)
SCATMAN CROTHERS (The Shining, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)
CARL WEATHERS (Rocky, Predator)

Directed by: ARTHUR MARKS (Class of ’74, Detroit 9000)

YEAR: 1975
GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING: 90 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, Color
AUDIO: Mono
DISC: 1

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the syndicated newspaper comic strip of the same name, Grier stars as intrepid photojournalist Friday Foster. No sooner has she been warned by her boss that her personal involvement in the stories she’s shooting will not end happily,Friday witnesses the attempted assassination of a prominent African-American figure and the murder of a friend.

Why is Friday the target on the hit list? What does she know? Teaming with private detective Colt Hawkins (Yaphet Kotto, Alien, Blue Collar), the search for answers will lead them to a startling and action-packed finale.

Directed by Arthur Marks (Class of ’74, Detroit 9000), based on his story, Friday Foster features supporting performances by Godfrey Cambridge (Watermelon Man, Cotton Comes To Harlem), Eartha Kitt (Boomerang, The Emperor’s New Groove), Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator), Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Ted Lange (TV’s The Love Boat), Jim Backus (TV’s Gilligan’s Island, Mister Magoo).

FRIDAY FOSTER DVD SRP: $24.95
FRIDAY FOSTER BD SRP: $29.95

HAMMER (1972)


Starring:
FRED WILLIAMSON (M.A.S.H., Black Caesar, Hell Up In Harlem)
BERNIE HAMILTON (The Swimmer, TV’s Starsky and Hutch)
VONETTA MCGEE (Blacula, The Eiger Sanction)
WILLIAM SMITH (Any Which Way You Can, The Frisco Kid)

Directed by: BRUCE CLARK (The Ski Bum, Galaxy of Terror)

YEAR: 1972
GENRE: ACTION
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 91 min
RATING: R
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, Color
AUDIO: Mono
DISC: 1

SYNOPSIS:
Former football player Fred Williamson (M.A.S.H., Black Caesar) brings his athletic prowess and acting chops to the role of B.J. Hammer in the street-smart, action pic Hammer. A boxer on-the-rise, Hammer is asked to throw a fight by the local Mob who have figured prominently in his success. His moral dilemma hits close to home when the life of his girlfriend, Lois’ (Vonetta McGee, Blacula, The Eiger Sanction) is put in jeopardy.

Rounding out the Hammer cast are Bernie Hamilton (The Swimmer, TV’s Starkey and Hutch) and William Smith (Any Which Way You Can, The Frisco Kid) in the Bruce Clark (The Ski Bum, Galaxy of Terror) directed film.

HAMMER DVD SRP: $24.95
HAMMER BD SRP: $29.95


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