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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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Curt Fleming
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Carla Howard
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Walter Wade, Sr.
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Lt. Kearney (as Daniel Von Bargen)
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Storyline

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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Still the man, any questions?

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

John Singleton wanted Don Cheadle as Shaft, but Scott Rudin insisted that a major box-office draw should play the role. Wesley Snipes was also considered. See more »

Goofs

When Shaft takes out Peoples, you can clearly see the pads protecting Peoples' knees as he falls to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Luger: [after robbing Walter in disguise] How'd I sound?
John Shaft: How did you sound?
Luger: "Freeze mofo I'll bust a cap in your dome"
John Shaft: You are a pure notorious P.I.G, how much we got?
Luger: [looking through the bag] forty two thousand , it's a lot of cash for a simple murder around here
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Connections

Remade as Shaft (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Verano Solido
by Raul Acosta
Performed by Oro Solido
Courtesy of Platano Records Corp.
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a low down dirty shame
27 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

"a low down dirty shame" - that's the name of the movie this movie was based on, originally directed & starring Keenan Wayans (1994). But that film is as much comedy as action film. This is... well, obviously, Samuel Jackson wanted to show that he could play "black"; but I don't know who ever doubted that.

The original Shaft suffered from a lack of proper pacing, due largely to the editor's uncertainty as to where that film was going.

This film suffers from the fact that - being a borrowed story all around - the story itself isn't sure where it's going.

Well, it's nice to see Richard roundtree on the big screen again - a wholly underrated and type-cast actor, he deserves more and better roles.


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