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Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
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John Shaft
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Bumpy Jonas
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Vic Androzzi
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Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell ...
Ellie Moore
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Tom Hannon
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Charlie
Sherri Brewer ...
Marcy
Rex Robbins ...
Rollie
Camille Yarbrough ...
Dina Greene
Margaret Warncke ...
Linda
Joseph Leon ...
Byron Leibowitz
Arnold Johnson ...
Cul
Dominic Barto ...
Patsy
George Strus ...
Carmen
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Lee
Drew Bundini Brown ...
Willy
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Leroy
Al Kirk ...
Sims
Shimen Ruskin ...
Dr. Sam
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Bunky
Gertrude Jeannette ...
Old Lady
Lee Steele ...
Blind Vendor
Damu King ...
Mal
Donny Burks ...
Remmy
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Davies
Benjamin R. Rixson ...
Bey Newfield
Ricardo Brown ...
Tully
Alan Weeks ...
Gus
Glenn Johnson ...
Char
Dennis Tate ...
Dotts
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Brother #1
James Hainesworth ...
Brother #2
Clee Burtonya ...
Sonny
Ed Bernard ...
Peerce
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Tony (as Ed Barth)
Joe Pronto ...
Dom
Robin Nolan ...
Waitress
Ron Tannas ...
Billy
Betty Bresler ...
Mrs. Androzzi
Gonzalo Madurga ...
Counterman
Paul Nevens ...
Elevator Man
Jon Richards ...
Elevator Starter
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Apartment Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gordon Parks

Written by

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Ernest Tidyman ... (screenplay) and
John D.F. Black ... (screenplay)
 
Ernest Tidyman ... (novel)

Produced by

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Joel Freeman ... producer
David Golden ... associate producer
Roger H. Lewis ... producer (uncredited)
Stirling Silliphant ... executive producer (uncredited)
Ernest Tidyman ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Isaac Hayes
J.J. Johnson

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Urs Furrer ... director of photography

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Hugh A. Robertson

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Paul L. Evans ... assistant editor

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Judith Lamb

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Emanuel Gerard

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Robert Drumheller

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Joseph G. Aulisi ... (as Joe Aulisi)

Makeup Department

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Martin Bell ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Steven P. Skloot ... unit production manager (as Steven Skloot)
David Golden ... production supervisor (uncredited)

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Ted Zachary ... assistant director
Kurt Baker ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Alan R. Green ... dga trainee (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Hal Bock ... chief carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Hart ... chief construction grip (uncredited)
Jack Wright Jr. ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Lee Bost ... sound
Hal Watkins ... sound
Charles Geller ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow ... boom man (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Lane ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Louis Gerolomi ... gaffer (uncredited)
Ronald M. Lautore ... camera operator (uncredited)
Randy Munkacsi ... still photographer (uncredited)
Larry Orlick ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Quinn ... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Royal ... key grip (uncredited)
Jack Volpe ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sylvia Fay ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Celia Bryant ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Tom McIntosh ... technical assistant to composer
Mayuto Correa ... musician (uncredited)
Charles 'Skip' Pitts ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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James Fanning ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Bud Brown ... auditor (uncredited)
Ozzie Brown ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Cle Kent ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Miller ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Plot 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 John Vogel

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Taglines The mob wanted Harlem back. They got Shaft...up to here. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les nuits de Harlem (France)
  • Les nuits rouges de Harlem (France)
  • Shaft, les nuits rouges de Harlem (France)
  • Las noches rojas de Harlem (Spain)
  • Les nuits rouges de Harlem (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Budget $1,125,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Isaac Hayes auditioned for the title role. Producers cast Richard Roundtree, but were so impressed with Hayes that they asked him to write the now legendary score to the film. See more »
Goofs A passerby walks out of and back into the frame when he spots the film crew during a scene where Shaft and his friends are sneaking into a building to try to rescue Bumpy Jones' daughter. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location (1971). See more »
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Quotes Theme: Who's the black private dick / That's a sex machine to all the chicks? / SHAFT! / Ya damn right!
Theme: Who is the man that would risk his neck / For his brother man? / SHAFT! / Can you dig it?
Theme: Who's the cat that won't cop out / When there's danger all about? / SHAFT! / Right On!
Theme: They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother... / SHUT YOUR MOUTH! / I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft. / THEN WE CAN DIG IT!
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