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Shaft (1971)

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A crime lord hires black private eye, John Shaft, to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.


  • Richard Roundtree
  • Moses Gunn
  • Christopher St. John
  • Charles Cioffi
  • Gwenn Mitchell
  • Lawrence Pressman
  • Victor Arnold
  • Sherri Brewer

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Adapted by Ernest Tidyman from his novel, this suffers from some sluggish dialogue scenes, but the movie comes to vibrant life whenever director Gordon Parks hits the streets of New York.

Metacritic review by J.R. Jones
J.R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The nice thing about Shaft is that it savors the private-eye genre, and takes special delight in wringing new twists out of the traditional relationship between the private eye and the boys down at homicide.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times