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Gordon Parks


Richard Roundtree
Moses Gunn
Charles Cioffi
Christopher St. John
Gwenn Mitchell
Lawrence Pressman





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Private Eye John Shaft is hired by a criminal to find his missing daughter. -- sapien

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01/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Shaft" by Yojimbo

Private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime boss to find his kidnapped daughter and gets caught up in a war between Harlem gangsters and the mafia. Shaft is the original "Blaxploitation" film, but as is always the case with progenitors of an entire genre it is actually rather tamer than you'd expect. It's certainly an exploitation film, but the violence never crosses the line into excess and Shaft is shown to be a tolerant and fair-minded man (no signs of the appalling sexism and homophobia that went on the taint this type of film). It's no surprise that Richard Roundtree was an icon to young black men in these post civil rights movement years; he is tough, stylish and never without the attention of women or money but more importantly, he is totally self-assured, fearless and not only does...

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