Pam Grier

Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress. Described by Quentin Tarantino as cinema's first female action star, she achieved fame for her starring roles in a string of 1970s action, blaxploitation, and women in prison films for American International Pictures and New World Pictures. Her accolades include nominations for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Satellite Award, and a Saturn Award. Grier came to prominence with her titular roles in the films Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974); her other major films during this period included The Big Doll House (1971), Women in Cages (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Scream Blacula Scream (1973), The Arena (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975), Bucktown (1975), and Friday Foster (1975). She portrayed the title character in Quentin Tarantino's crime film Jackie Brown (1997), and also appeared in Escape from L.A. (1996), Jawbreaker (1999), Holy Smoke!, (1999), Bones (2001), Just Wright (2010), Larry Crowne (2011), and Poms (2019). On television, Grier portrayed Eleanor Winthrop in the Showtime comedy-drama series Linc's (1998–2000), Kate "Kit" Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word (2004–2009), and Constance Terry in the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess (2019–2020). She received praise for her work in the animated series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1999). Description above from the Wikipedia article Pam Grier, licensed under ...

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Coffy (1973)

After her younger sister gets involved in drugs and is severely injured by contaminated heroin, a nurse sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, killing drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters who cross her path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hill
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Robert DoQui  •  Sid Haig  •  Booker Bradshaw

After her younger sister gets involved in drugs and is severely injured by contaminated heroin, a nurse sets out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, killing drug dealers, pimps, and mobsters who cross her path.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hill
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Robert DoQui  •  Sid Haig  •  Booker Bradshaw

Above the Law (1988)

Nico Toscani is an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice—expert and thorough bone-crushing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Davis
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Pam Grier  •  Henry Silva  •  Sharon Stone

Nico Toscani is an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice—expert and thorough bone-crushing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Davis
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Pam Grier  •  Henry Silva  •  Sharon Stone

BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)

With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isaac Julien
CAST:  Larry Cohen  •  Tamara Dobson  •  Ron Finley  •  Pam Grier

With archive film clips and interviews, this brief look at a frequently overlooked historical period of filmmaking acts as an introduction rather than a complete record. It features interviews with some of the genre's biggest stars, like Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Isaac Julien
CAST:  Larry Cohen  •  Tamara Dobson  •  Ron Finley  •  Pam Grier

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

An all-female rock group finds fame, love, and drama when they move to LA in order to claim the lead singer’s inheritance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russ Meyer
CAST:  Dolly Read  •  Cynthia Myers  •  Marcia McBroom  •  John Lazar

An all-female rock group finds fame, love, and drama when they move to LA in order to claim the lead singer’s inheritance.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russ Meyer
CAST:  Dolly Read  •  Cynthia Myers  •  Marcia McBroom  •  John Lazar

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991)

Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Alex Winter  •  George Carlin  •  William Sadler

Amiable slackers Bill and Ted are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos, a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Alex Winter  •  George Carlin  •  William Sadler

Black Mama, White Mama (1973)

When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eddie Romero
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Margaret Markov  •  Sid Haig  •  Lynn Borden

When two troublemaking female prisoners (one a revolutionary, the other a former harem-girl) can't seem to get along, they are chained together and extradited for safekeeping. The women, still chained together, stumble, stab, and cat-fight their way across the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eddie Romero
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Margaret Markov  •  Sid Haig  •  Lynn Borden

Bones (2001)

Over 20 years after his death, local legend and benefactor Jimmy Bones returns as a ghost to avenge those who killed him and restore his neighborhood  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Snoop Dogg  •  Pam Grier  •  Michael T. Weiss  •  Clifton Powell

Over 20 years after his death, local legend and benefactor Jimmy Bones returns as a ghost to avenge those who killed him and restore his neighborhood  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernest R. Dickerson
CAST:  Snoop Dogg  •  Pam Grier  •  Michael T. Weiss  •  Clifton Powell

Escape from L.A. (1996)

This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Stacy Keach  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Peter Fonda

This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Stacy Keach  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Peter Fonda

Foxy Brown (1974)

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hill
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Antonio Fargas  •  Peter Brown  •  Terry Carter

A voluptuous black woman takes a job as a high-class prostitute in order to get revenge on the mobsters who murdered her boyfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hill
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Antonio Fargas  •  Peter Brown  •  Terry Carter

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find the post deserted and something far more dangerous than any criminal — the original inhabitants of Mars, hellbent on getting their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Natasha Henstridge  •  Ice Cube  •  Jason Statham  •  Clea DuVall

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find the post deserted and something far more dangerous than any criminal — the original inhabitants of Mars, hellbent on getting their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Natasha Henstridge  •  Ice Cube  •  Jason Statham  •  Clea DuVall

Greased Lightning (1977)

This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first Black NASCAR race winner and, later, a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Beau Bridges  •  Pam Grier  •  Cleavon Little

This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first Black NASCAR race winner and, later, a 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Beau Bridges  •  Pam Grier  •  Cleavon Little

Holy Smoke (1999)

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But PJ ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Campion
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Julie Hamilton  •  Sophie Lee

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho cult de-programmer who confronts Ruth in a remote desert hideaway. But PJ ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jane Campion
CAST:  Kate Winslet  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Julie Hamilton  •  Sophie Lee

In Too Deep (1999)

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Drug lord Dwayne Gittens rules Cincinnati with an iron fist. No wonder he's known as "God" on the streets. Determined to break Gittens' stranglehold on the city is undercover cop Jeffrey Cole. But as Cole takes on an assumed identity to penetrate Gittens' criminal ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Rymer
CAST:  Omar Epps  •  LL Cool J  •  Nia Long  •  Stanley Tucci

Jackie Brown (1997)

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Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan — with help from a bail bondsman — to keep the money for herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Robert Forster  •  Bridget Fonda

Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan — with help from a bail bondsman — to keep the money for herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Robert Forster  •  Bridget Fonda

Jawbreaker (1999)

When an exclusive clique of teenage socialites accidentally murder their best friend on the morning of her birthday, the three girls responsible conspire to hide the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Stein
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  Rebecca Gayheart  •  Julie Benz  •  Carol Kane

When an exclusive clique of teenage socialites accidentally murder their best friend on the morning of her birthday, the three girls responsible conspire to hide the truth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Stein
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  Rebecca Gayheart  •  Julie Benz  •  Carol Kane

Mars Attacks! (1996)

A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler that the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Glenn Close  •  Annette Bening  •  Pierce Brosnan

Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

After an aging voodoo priestess dies, her arrogant son Willis Daniel's believes he is next in line to lead. He is outraged when Lisa, his mother's adopted apprentice is chosen as the leader. Willis seeks revenge by reviving the African prince Blacula — but soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Kelljan
CAST:  William Marshall  •  Don Mitchell  •  Pam Grier  •  Michael Conrad

After an aging voodoo priestess dies, her arrogant son Willis Daniel's believes he is next in line to lead. He is outraged when Lisa, his mother's adopted apprentice is chosen as the leader. Willis seeks revenge by reviving the African prince Blacula — but soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Kelljan
CAST:  William Marshall  •  Don Mitchell  •  Pam Grier  •  Michael Conrad

Sheba, Baby (1975)

Sheba, a Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Girdler
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Austin Stoker  •  D'Urville Martin  •  Rudy Challenger

Sheba, a Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Girdler
CAST:  Pam Grier  •  Austin Stoker  •  D'Urville Martin  •  Rudy Challenger

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

The year is 2087, the setting is the moon. Pluto Nash, the high-flying successful owner of the hottest nightclub in the universe, finds himself in trouble when he refuses to sell his club to lunar gangster Mogan, who just happens to be helping the mysterious Rex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Randy Quaid  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Joe Pantoliano

The year is 2087, the setting is the moon. Pluto Nash, the high-flying successful owner of the hottest nightclub in the universe, finds himself in trouble when he refuses to sell his club to lunar gangster Mogan, who just happens to be helping the mysterious Rex ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Underwood
CAST:  Eddie Murphy  •  Randy Quaid  •  Rosario Dawson  •  Joe Pantoliano

The Allnighter (1987)

Molly, Val and Gina are graduating college, but on their final night, frustrations are aired. Molly is still looking for real love and Val is beginning to doubt if that is what she has found. Gina is too busy videotaping everything to really notice. When the final ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamar Simon Hoffs
CAST:  Susanna Hoffs  •  Joan Cusack  •  Dedee Pfeiffer  •  Pam Grier

Molly, Val and Gina are graduating college, but on their final night, frustrations are aired. Molly is still looking for real love and Val is beginning to doubt if that is what she has found. Gina is too busy videotaping everything to really notice. When the final ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tamar Simon Hoffs
CAST:  Susanna Hoffs  •  Joan Cusack  •  Dedee Pfeiffer  •  Pam Grier
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