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Shaft (1971)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Gordon Parks

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About the Movie

This ground breaking detective picture features Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song and stars Richard Roundtree ("Seven," "Shaft's Big Score") as John Shaft, a street-wise black detective hired to find the beautiful kidnapped daughter of powerful Harlem mobster, Moses Gunn ("Ragtime," "Heartbreak Ridge"). Helmed by award-winning director Gordon Parks ("The Learning Tree," "Leadbelly"), its huge commercial success spawned two sequels and a TV series.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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? – Film4, Apr 3, 2012

Fresh: A hip, cool, entertaining thriller. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Aug 17, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Game Changer

When I was finishing up my basic training at Fort Dix, NJ in March 1971, "Shaft" was released and I saw it for the first time. For an African American male who was drafted into the service of my "Uncle Sam", this movie gave me a new attitude and a swagger I never had. Those of us who didn't run off to Canada to avoid service embraced Richard Roundtree's performance as John Shaft. That movie saved my life because it gave me a reason to grow up and be a man. As a photojournalist, I got to meet & interact with Richard Roundtree, Isaac Hayes who wrote the score and Gordon Parks, Sr. who directed the film. Game changers all.

SHAFT!!!! Nuff said.....

One of the greats! Would love it if you'd add "Trouble Man" with Robert Hooks....Another great film. Ya dig!

The Original

Nothing compares to the original Shaft. The gritty New York city in the early 70s with action. A true original.

Shaft (1971)
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1994

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