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Shaft (2000)

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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New York Police Detective John Shaft is the lead detective on a sensitive case, a young black man is severely beaten. The man's companions tell Shaft that their friend humiliated the one who was sprouting racial slurs at him. Shaft confronts him and he says he's Walter Wade Jr. , the son of a wealthy man. Shaft finds that he has the id of a woman who's a waitress at the bar where Wade and the guy who was attacked were. When Wade continues to hurl racist comments, Shaft smacks him. Shaft later learns because of his actions Wade was granted bail and fled. Two years later, Wade returns and Shaft arrests him. At his hearing when the judge grants him bail, that's when Shaft throws his badge at the judge. He then sets out to get Wade by finding the waitress. Wade in the meantime asks a drug dealer named Peoples Hernandez to find the waitress and make sure she doesn't talk. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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

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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Shaft Returns  »

Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$70,327,868 (USA) (13 October 2000)
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and John Singleton had numerous disagreements with writer Richard Price and producer Scott Rudin over lines in the script that they found racially and sexually offensive. One scene Jackson objected to, featured Shaft tossing a candy bar at a sexual partner when she wants him to take her out for dinner. The lines were deleted from the script. See more »

Goofs

After a trash can thrown at Shaft breaks a car window, you can see smoke from the explosion that was used to really break the window. See more »

Quotes

Peoples Hernandez: You're not a cop anymore.
John Shaft: Do you think that makes me less dangerous, or more dangerous?
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Connections

Referenced in Missing Reel: Blaxploitation (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Do What I Gotta Do
by Edward Ferrell (as E. Ferrell), Darren Lighty (as D. Lighty), Clifton Lighty (as C. Lighty),
Balewa Muhammad (as B. Muhammad), Jamie Wilson (as J. Wilson), Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Performed by Donell Jones
Produced by Edward Ferrell (as Edward "Eddie F" Ferrell) and Darren Lighty
Donell Jones performs courtesy of LaFace Records/Untouchable Records
Contains excerpts from "The Look of Love"
by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
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A good movie - if it had been made for TV
5 January 2001 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

For me, the old bad-attitude-cop-turned-investigator routine is getting boring. Shaft is just this, it doesn't provide any new twists to an old character. The movie could be good for TV not for theaters. However, it was entertaining.


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