Shaft (1971)

Shaft, a highly successful film, spawned an industry of sequels and imitations. The daughter (Sherri Brewer) of Bumpy Jones (Moses Gunn), a (white) gangster, has been kidnapped by a rival (black) gang. Bumpy hires private detective Shaft… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.D. Murphy

Excellent cast, headed by newcomer Richard Roundtree, may shock some audiences with heavy dose of candid dialog and situation.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Parks isn't especially good at action direction, but the heart of a private-eye movie is in the mood scenes, anyway, and he supplies a scene in a bar and another one with the Harlem rackets boss that are very nice.

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Josh Larsen

Nearly every frame of Shaft is intent on doing one thing: establishing its hero as a powerful, independent, innately good yet still devilish man in control of his own destiny.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic, the most popular of the blaxploitation pictures.

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John Knott

If you're a fan of this sort of caper, worth owning.

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An efficient cop thriller, with a charismatic performance from Roundtree as "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about...Shaft!" Can you dig it?

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There are a lot of movies from that era that do basically the same things... but not many of them do them as well.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A blaxploitation pic that's never quite as cool as its theme song.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Mister Caple
Who's The Man! Commemorating the original SHAFT movie on it's 45th anniversary....Director Gordon Parks' follow-up to his 1969 debut "The… More
Aj V
This is the first blaxploitation movie I saw, and it's my favourite. This movie is action packed and has a great story. Shaft really is cool.
Reid Volk
This was my first foray into the world of blaxploitation and boy was it an interesting experience. I can see why it was well received in it's day by both… More
Chris Weber
This movie is awesome. It's far less action packed than I thought it would be, and also contained a lot more tropes and elements of later blaxploitation… More
xGary Xx
Private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime boss to find his kidnapped daughter and gets caught up in a war between Harlem gangsters and the mafia. Shaft is the… More
Devon Bott
Gosh, what a great soundtrack. Isaac Hayes manages to produce some pretty wicked funk that still incorporates elements of the traditional orchestral soundtrack… More