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.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ... See full summary »
John Shaft is the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy, the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working with both against the White Mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.Written by
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I don't care if it's historically important--it's BORING!
One of the first blaxploitation films...and a big hit. Sexy, muscular and handsome John Shaft (Richard Rountree) is hired by a big gang boss (well played by Moses Gunn) to get the guys who kidnapped his young daughter.
OK--I realize this is of historical importance as being one of (if not the first) blaxploitation films to hit it big. It also WAS a huge hit in its day--some NY theatres were open 24 hours a DAY to get all the crowds in! However it has not aged well at all. The script is dull and the dialogue is just terribly dumb. Even the violence was boring...but it may have been extreme in its day. It was also slow-moving and contained some truly dreadful acting. Roundtree LOOKS the part--tall, masculine, muscular and super sexy--but the guy can't act. His delivery was wooden--of course the lousy dialogue didn't help. Only Gunn showed any life in his role. Also this movie has women used as sex objects in an appalling way. Shaft has a beautiful black girlfriend but has no trouble going to bed with a white woman he meets in a bar--and this is shown as a positive thing! I have no problem with her being white. It's just that we're supposed to think nothing is wrong with him cheating on his girlfriend--but there is! On the plus side there is Isaac Hayes' Academy Award winning title song (which is GREAT) and good use of NY locations...but I was bored and fighting to stay awake. A 1 all the way.
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