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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.


John Singleton


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


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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Still the man, any questions?


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Germany | USA


English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

16 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaft Returns See more »


Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the scene where Jimmy and Jack ambush Shaft, there is a shot where Carmen raises her gun and aims it at Jimmy's head. His left shoulder is clearly visible as he stands infront of her. Carmen shoots him in the head and his shoulder is still visible as she lowers her gun. In he very next shot he is slumped against the wall dead. See more »


Peoples Hernandez: Puta, why you flinch?
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References The Dead Pool (1988) See more »


by Anthony Best, Black Rob (as Robert Ross) and Harve Pierre
Performed by Black Rob
Courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment, Inc./Arista Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

21 September 2003 | by matija-trostSee all my reviews

Is it better than original?

Frankly, I don't know, since i missed the original, so I can only rate this one by enjoyment i got during the watch.

Sadly, there was very little enjoyable parts. Firstly, the plot is very weakly...Sincerly, I couldn't get rid of a feeling that's all about the black&white racist issue and the fact that the problem could be solved without blowing half a New York doesn't count here. O.k. forget that and go to more enjoyable parts... ...First the music. The sound theme is one of the best I heard and really helps this movie. Secondly, some strong roles. Jeffrey Wright (a.k.a. Peoples) is great and almost steal the show from Samuel L. Jackson (a.k.a. Shaft), also is "American Psycho" Christian Bale (as Walter), at the end almost likable character, for which you almost fell sorry.

But, all in all the con's are bigger than pro's, especially because of above mentioned racism, that's why a weak

5 out of 10.

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