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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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$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,714,757 (USA) (18 June 2000)

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$70,334,258 (USA) (22 October 2000)
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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 »

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The Trinidad and Tobago Flag hanging in Rasaan's apartment is upside-down (presumably because he didn't know any better). See more »

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Peoples Hernandez: Stick to what I know? Stick to what I know? I'm a star. Yo soy el mayembe!
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Referenced in The Comix Scrutinizer: Psycho Comics #1 (2015) See more »

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Tough Guy
by André Benjamin (as Andre Benjamin), Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), David Sheats (as David A. Sheats),
Chad Butler (as Chad L. Butler) and Bun B (as Bernard J. Freeman)
Performed by Outkast (as OutKast) featuring U.G.K. (as UGK)
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Jive Records
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Amusing but really nothing special.
9 April 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

An enjoyable but nevertheless quite silly and average remake of the classic television show has the new John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) beating up a white racist (Christian Bale) and getting booted off of the police force. Everyone in this film is a racist - primarily the whites - and this whole idea is way too forced. The language and violence is rough, yet the film itself is quite goofy, with not many good scenes and only a few mediocre action sequences. The moral is somewhat depressing: if someone wrongs you, or someone of your race, then beat them up and kill them once they reappear. Richard Roundtree's cameo helps a bit, but regardless, this SHAFT is still only "good" at best.

2.5/5 stars.


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