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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.

Director:

John Singleton

Writers:

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 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?

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmax (Spanish) | Paramount

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$70,334,258, 22 October 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,196,498, 28 July 2012
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

John Leguizamo was originally cast as Peoples Hernandez, but dropped out to work on Moulin Rouge! (2001). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, the victim has been bludgeoned in the back of the neck. However, in the flashback, Walter hits him almost dead on in the face. Even within the flashback there is an error; from one angle the victim is quarter turned to face Walter, the next shot he is completely turned around. See more »

Quotes

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

References The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

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 U.G.K. (as UGK)
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Jive Records
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a low down dirty shame
27 June 2006 | by winner55See 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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