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Shaft (2000)

 -  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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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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Shaft Returns  »

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$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£872,545 (UK) (15 September 2000)

Gross:

ESP 228,558,146 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Samuel L. Jackson was unavailable to shoot the sex scene in the opening credits sequence as he was filming The Caveman's Valentine (2001). A body double was used to film the scene. See more »

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During the courtroom scene, the judge's nameplate changes from Justice "Kimball" to Justice "Bradford". See more »

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[Inside Rasaan's apartment]
John Shaft: Man, this is some repugnant shit.
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Tough Guy
by André Benjamin (as Andre Benjamin), Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), David Sheats (as David A. Sheats),
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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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