Fearless magazine photographer Friday Foster (Pam Grier) discovers a plot to assassinate one of her subjects – Blake Tarr (Thalmus Rasulala), the wealthiest black man in America – and faces a nerve-wracking race against time to save his life.
Friday’s subsequent investigation, with cranky PI Colt Hawkins (Yaphet Kotto) at her side, comprises a clichéd string of close calls with incompetent would-be killers and convenient discoveries of clues. It’s all very laboured and it’s impossible to care what happens, even in the rare instances when the storyline is decipherable.
It’s a silly adventure story based on a family-friendly newspaper comic strip, but with the requisite level of sex and violence added to earn its blaxploitation credentials.
Pam Grier – who starred so well in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997) – is joined by a terrific black cast including Godfrey Cambridge (crook), Eartha Kitt (fashion designer) and Scatman Crothers (minister). The villainous mastermind (Jim Backus) is white, though. Love Boat bartender Ted Lange plays a pimp named “Fancy Dexter” in a spectacularly bad performance.
Reverend Noble Franklin