Shaft (1971)
IMDb Rating 6.5
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Richard Roundtree John Shaft
Moses Gunn Bumpy Jonas
Charles Cioffi Vic Androzzi
Christopher St. John Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell Ellie Moore
Lawrence Pressman Sergeant Tom Hannon
Victor Arnold Charlie
Sherri Brewer Marcy
Rex Robbins Rollie
Camille Yarbrough Dina Greene
Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree) directed this 1971 detective story about John Shaft (Richard Roundtree), an African American private eye who has a rocky relationship with cops, an even rockier one with Harlem gangsters, and a healthy sex life. The script finds Shaft tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a black mobster, but the pleasure of the film is the sum of its attitude, Roundtree's uncompromising performance, and the thrilling, Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes. Parks seems fond of certain detective genre clichés (e.g., the hero walking into his low-rent office and finding a hood waiting to talk with him), but he and Roundtree make those moments their own. Shaft had a couple of sequels and a follow-up television series, but none had the impact this movie did. --Tom Keogh
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director Gordon Parks
Producer Joel Freeman
Writer John D.F. Black; Ernest Tidyman
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 100 mins
Movie Release Date 7/2/1971
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It No
Index 476
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 5/29/2005
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569505124
Chapters 20
Release Date 5/3/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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