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Shaft (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  16 June 2000 (USA)
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New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Howard
Walter Wade, Sr.
Hon. Dennis Bradford
Lt. Kearney (as Daniel Von Bargen)


Cool and deadly NYPD detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade, Jr. in a racially-motivated slaying. The eye witness disappears, Wade jumps bail for Switzerland, and Shaft is livid. Two years later, Wade returns to face trial, confident his father's money and influence (and racial politics) guarantee an innocent verdict. Shaft looks hard for the witness, so Wade wants someone to kill her. He turns to a ghetto drug king, Peoples Hernandez, who's willing to kill for money, use Wade as a route to rich drug customers, and shaft Shaft. Can Shaft find the witness, convince her to testify, and shepherd her through the hail of bullets that Peoples is sure to let fly? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Still the man, any questions?


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shaft Returns  »

Box Office


$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,714,757 (USA) (16 June 2000)


ESP 228,558,146 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cast features a former Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle) and a future Batman (Christian Bale). See more »


In the final chase with Peoples as the two cars race by the warehouse you can see a large 10k light on a rolling stand, a smaller light resting on the curb and a crew member sitting next to the rolling stand. This group is visible on the side street the two cars drive by. See more »


John Shaft: Who lost your rap sheet for you?
Big Raymond: You...
John Shaft: Who got you that Jets tryout?
Big Raymond: You...
John Shaft: Who got you that gig at the club?
Big Raymond: You.
John Shaft: Who delivers ten times outta ten?
Big Raymond: Alright, dawg... You.
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References The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) See more »


by Anthony Best, Black Rob (as Robert Ross) and Harve Pierre
Performed by Black Rob
Courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment, Inc./Arista Records, Inc.
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Ahhh....pretty good!
17 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this one alot-fast moving, funny, crude, violent at times, has the same old 'sphagetti Western' shooting style where the baddie can't hit the broadside of a barn with 400 rounds while Shaft takes'em out one shot at a time, never misses. Enjoyed Jackson in this mucho, this is some fine work by a kinetic actor in his prime. Vanessa Williams is easy on the eyes and a smooth actress in her own right, plus you have to give this Jeffrey Wright guy credit for doing a bang up job as a Puerto Rican(!!) villain(with a heart, sorta...). Bale as the Menendez Brother from hell is effective too. I liked Richard Roundtree, Pat Hingle and Gordon Parks' cameos(look fast for him, as Mr. P in the bar!)

This one isn't meant to be taken too seriously, the car chases and shootouts are right outta anything Dirty Harry has done-but you know, John Singleton sez he intended for this to be a popcorn movie, and I agree, he has hit the bullseye with this.

And that Isaac Hayes score, gotta love it!

*** outta ****, go see it and have fun.

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