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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Shaft
... Carmen Vasquez
... Peoples Hernandez
... Walter Wade, Jr.
... Rasaan
... Jack Roselli
... Diane Palmieri
... Uncle John Shaft
... Jimmy Groves
... Curt Fleming
... Carla Howard
... Walter Wade, Sr.
... Hon. Dennis Bradford
... Luger
... Lt. Kearney (as Daniel Von Bargen)
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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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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Shaft Returns  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,714,757, 18 June 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,334,258, 22 October 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,196,498, 28 July 2012
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The trailer has a scene, that is not in the film, where Shaft and his partner, Carmen are talking about Diane. Carmen: "If something happens, I'll come after you myself!" Shaft: "You won't have to. Something happens to her, it happens to me." See more »

Goofs

After a trash can thrown at Shaft breaks a car window, you can see smoke from the explosion that was used to really break the window. See more »

Quotes

Walter Wade, Jr.: Do you know who my father is?
John Shaft: No, do you?
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Connections

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.12 (2015) See more »

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Automatic
by Organized Noize, M. Horton, Big Rube (as R. Bailey) and BackBone (as J. Williams)
Performed by Sleepy Brown featuring BackBone & Big Rube
Produced by Organized Noize
Sleepy Brown performs courtesy of Organized Noize, Inc.
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Light weight but entertaining
4 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was surprised that I liked this remake of "Shaft" as much as I did. It has a wonderful ensemble cast, which included Toni Collette, Christian Bale, and the terrific, Jeffrey Wright. All of them are allowed to bring their considerable acting chops to their roles, especially Bale as a Hateful Rich White Boy from central casting, and Wright as a simultaneously hilarious and scary gangster. Samuel L. Jackson plays, well, Samuel L. Jackson, this time cast as Shaft, a tall, tough, elegant black dude who looks like Samuel L. Jackson – not that there's anything wrong with that.

Don't expect deathless art here but do expect to be entertained. It's one of those movies that is so politically incorrect it makes you gasp while you are laughing. There are lots of explosions, gore, and chases, both afoot and in cars, and it all happens in little more than 90 minutes. It's a lot of fun, highly recommended.


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