Shaft

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Released 1971

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Director:
Gordon Parks
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
Shaft is a 1971 blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks. John Shaft (Richard Roundtree), a slick detective working in an office near New York City's Times Square, is ambushed at his office by two armed lackeys sent by crime lord Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). After Shaft throws one of them out of a window, he decides to contact Bumpy to find out what he wants. Bumpy tells the detective that he wants his help to find his kidnapped daughter, Marcy (Sherri Brewer). Bumpy does not know who took his daughter, but he insists that the Black Panthers, a militant Harlem-based group, might have something to do with her disappearance. As Shaft investigates the kidnapping, he finds that things are not what they seem, and Bumpy may have more knowledge about the crime than he is revealing. Joined by an old friend, Ben Buford (Christopher St. John), Shaft must stay calm under pressure as he fights violent criminals to rescue the damsel in distress.moreless

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  • 88

    LarsenOnFilm Josh Larsen

    Nearly every frame of Shaft is intent on doing one thing: establishing its hero – private detective John Shaft – as a powerful, independent, innately good yet still devilish ma...

  • 80

    IGN

    If you are tired of watching the flatfoots who play by the rules and go home to the faithful wife, just kick back and watch my man Shaft in action. He'll remind you what an alpha m...

  • 40

    The Hollywood Reporter

    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.

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Crime