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Shaft, a highly successful film, spawned an industry of sequels and imitations. The daughter (Sherri Brewer) of Bumpy Jones (Moses Gunn), a (white) gangster, has been kidnapped by a rival (black) gang. Bumpy hires private detective Shaft (Richard Roundtree) to find her. Shaft gets some assistance from Lt. Androzzy (Charles Cioffi) of the NYPD, who hopes to avoid a gang war, especially one which could lead to open racial warfare. The other person who helps him is Ben Buford (Christopher St. John), a black militant who also wants to avoid race war. Shaft is tough. Shaft is smart. Shaft succeeds. Isaac Hayes won an Academy Award for the title song.

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

  • If Shaft were indeed a hard-hitting, fast-paced, action-packed detective thriller, as it was meant to be, then it would be an acceptable entertainment. But it isn't.

    Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    A.D. Murphy

    Top Critic
  • Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.

    Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Parks isn't especially good at action direction, but the heart of a private-eye movie is in the mood scenes, anyway, and he supplies a scene in a bar and another one with the Harlem rackets boss that are very nice.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The attraction to them will be the stylish conversation and attitudes, as well as Richard Roundtree, who lends Shaft the right amount of charisma, swagger and untouchability.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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