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Shaft (1971)

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Movie Info

  • 88%
    Critic score: Percentage of critics as compiled by rottentomatoes.com who have given this movie a positive review.
  • 68%
    Audience score: Percentage of Rotten Tomatoes users who have rated this movie 3.5 stars or higher.
Rated: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Runtime: 1 hr 40 mins
Cast: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi
Genre: Action & Adventure

Synopsis

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.