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Richard Roundtree cuts a startlingly new and powerful heroic figure as John Shaft, "the cat who won't cop out, when there's danger all about" in Gordon Parks' seminal action film, Shaft. John Shaft is a black private eye with a small office near Times Square. On his way there one day, he gets pumped for information by Lt. Victor Androzzi (Charles Cioffi), a friend of his on the police force, about something big going down in Harlem involving black crime kingpin Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). Shaft
Jan 1, 1971 Wide
Jun 6, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment
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Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.
Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.
There are a lot of movies from that era that do basically the same things... but not many of them do them as well.
Nearly every frame of Shaft is intent on doing one thing: establishing its hero as a powerful, independent, innately good yet still devilish man in control of his own destiny.
An efficient cop thriller, with a charismatic performance from Roundtree as "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about...Shaft!" Can you dig it?
Though Ossie Davis's elaborate buddy comedy "Cotton Comes to Harlem" arrived a year earlier, Gordon Parks's "Shaft" (1971) was the movie that put Blaxploitation on the map.
It's the music that's great here, but the iconic hero is a kick to watch.
This was the second feature of the longtime still photographer Parks, in which he brought together talent for capturing an image and personal knowledge of life on the streets to create a hard-hitting action thriller.
What's not to like? Shaft rocked!
Who's the black private dick that's the center of a still-enjoyable flick? Shaft!
Surprisingly good and it holds up
A classic. The best film to come out of the blaxploitation era is still fun to watch today.
Sexy, Smart, Action-Packed and Groooooovy.
This is the best example of a film with awesome style but not much substance. On some levels, it's like, the coolest flick ever.
Maybe the greatest Blaxploitation film of all. This film started a cultural phenomenon that ripples 30 years later.
Audience Reviews for Shaft
- Sgt. Tom Hannon: Where the hell are you going?
- Shaft: To get laid. Where the hell are you going?
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