Shaft Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 6613

Average Rating: 2.6/4

# of Ratings: 48

Theatrical Release Date: 07/02/1971

Language: English

Genre: Action, Crime

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Gordon Parks

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

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

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Indyfreak - wrote on 04/29/2020

For those expecting something more cartoony, the original Shaft is actually pretty ordinary compared to later blaxploitation films. Its strengths lie with the casting of Richard Roundtree as John Shaft who is effortlessly cool. And yes the song is immediately catchy.

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sapien - wrote on 03/26/2010

The "Shaft" is the "shit!"

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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/29/2012

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 …

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