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)


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

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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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Samuel L. Jackson was generally felt to be too old to play Shaft. See more »


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


Walter Wade, Jr.: I need someone located
Peoples Hernandez: "Located"? You mean found? Found then what?
[Walter looks at the gun around Tattoo's belt]
Peoples Hernandez: that's going to cost you
Walter Wade, Jr.: [Takes out a money belt filled with jewelry] I had it all appraised it'll cash out to about forty thousand
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Referenced in The Man (2005) See more »


by T. Allen, L. Campbell and J. Skinner
Performed by Liberty City
Courtesy of Harrell Entertainment/Jive Records
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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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