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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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John Singleton

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Ernest Tidyman (novel), John Singleton (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... John Shaft
Vanessa Williams ... Carmen Vasquez
Jeffrey Wright ... Peoples Hernandez
Christian Bale ... Walter Wade, Jr.
Busta Rhymes ... Rasaan
Dan Hedaya ... Jack Roselli
Toni Collette ... Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree ... Uncle John Shaft
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Jimmy Groves
Josef Sommer ... Curt Fleming
Lynne Thigpen ... Carla Howard
Philip Bosco ... Walter Wade, Sr.
Pat Hingle ... Hon. Dennis Bradford
Lee Tergesen ... Luger
Daniel von Bargen ... 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 spouting 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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

16 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaft Returns See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,714,757, 18 June 2000

Gross USA:

$70,334,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,626,125
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Christian Bale didn't have any interest in playing the part of the villain, as he had just finished making American Psycho (2000). But he was reading through lines with Toni Collette, who has the part of the witness in the film, one day, and decided to give it a go as another villain after all. See more »

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Shaft parks his car by the sidewalk on a rainy night, the car is totally dry despite having been driven in the rain. See more »

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Peoples Hernandez: [Telling Roselli and Groves about Walter Wade, Jr] This guy comes in here and his got his drawer stuffed with jewelry and he asked me if I could locate somebody? I say "yeah" because he's kind of like a celebrity but finding people is not my thing so here's what I propose: so why don't I sell contract to you? The guy says this shit will cash out to twenty grand I take half and you'll take half, it'll be the easiest money you can ever make
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Tough Guy
by André Benjamin (as Andre Benjamin), Big Boi (as Antwan Patton), David Sheats (as David A. Sheats), Chad Butler (as Chad L. Butler) and Bun B (as Bernard J. Freeman)
Performed by Outkast (as OutKast) featuring UGK
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Unoriginal but entertaining
13 January 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

Thirty years is a long time to wait to make a sequel, especially when no one is clamoring for one. Director/Writer/Producer John Singleton decided it was about time. The result is a solid, but undistinguished crime drama. The elements of this story have been told so many times that they are becoming hackneyed. A tough, no-nonsense cop fights evil and corruption to bring justice to the streets while often disregarding the law. A spoiled rich kid is trying to get away with murder by hiring a drug dealer to snuff an eyewitness with the help of a couple of dirty cops. This is not vanguard material.

Singleton's direction is good in the action sequences (of which there are plenty) and adequate in the dramatic scenes. In this film, he doesn't bring much innovation to the screen, with very straightforward shots and mundane locations. In an overly reverent gesture to the original film, he brings back Richard Roundtree (the original Shaft) as the current Shaft's (Samuel L. Jackson) uncle and mentor. There is also a cameo appearance by Gordon Parks, the director of the original, and of course, Isaac Hayes theme song is back.

The film is elevated from mediocrity by the acting. Samuel L. Jackson is an outstanding actor and slips on the character of this tough, streetwise cop like a tailored glove. When he's bad, he's very very bad and when he is good, he's almost saintly. Christian Bale also gives a fine performance as the despicable rich kid who thinks his wealth puts him above the law. Jeffrey Wright is explosive as the egomaniac drug lord. The supporting actors are also excellent.

This is an entertaining film despite its lack of originality. I rated it a 7/10. Action junkies add a point or two. This film is extremely violent with a high body count.


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