Shaft


Shaft

Overview:

New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.

Votes 306 (5.5/10)

Runtime: 99 minutes

Release Date 2000-06-15

Budget: $46,000,000.00

Revenue: $107,196,498.00

Tagline: Still the man, any questions?

Production company:

  • Paramount Pictures
  • Scott Rudin Productions

Production country:

  • Germany
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Crime
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

John Shaft
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
Peoples Hernandez
Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
Walter Wade, Jr.
Christian Bale
Christian Bale
Rasaan
Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes
Jack Roselli
Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Diane Palmieri
Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(Uncle) John Shaft
Richard Roundtree
Richard Roundtree
Judge Dennis Bradford
Pat Hingle
Pat Hingle
Walter Wade Senior
Philip Bosco
Philip Bosco
Carmen Vasquez
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa Williams
Luger
Lee Tergesen
Lee Tergesen
Lenox Lounge Patron
Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks
Director
John Singleton
John Singleton
Author
Ernest Tidyman
Ernest Tidyman
Author
John Singleton
John Singleton
Author
Shane Salerno
Shane Salerno
Author
Richard Price
Richard Price
Producer
Mark Roybal
Mark Roybal
Producer
Scott Rudin
Scott Rudin
Producer
John Singleton
John Singleton
Original Music Composer
David Arnold
David Arnold
Director of Photography
Donald E. Thorin
Donald E. Thorin
Editor
John Bloom
John Bloom
Editor
Antonia Van Drimmelen
Antonia Van Drimmelen
Casting
Ilene Starger
Ilene Starger
Production Design
Patrizia von Brandenstein
Patrizia von Brandenstein
Original Music Composer
Isaac Hayes
Isaac Hayes
Executive Producer
Paul Hall
Paul Hall

John Chard

I know cats who'd take out whole zipcodes for that kind of cheese. Remakes do work occasionally, case in point Shaft, John Singleton's update of the 1971 Blacksploitation movie that starred Richard Roundtree as the title character. Roundtree gets a part in this one as well, playing the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's title character, John Shaft. It's the perfect role for Jackson, lashings of cool and menace, on his bulky shoulders dose the film easily rest. Plot finds Shaft turning in his badge after the law proves useless to let racist murderer Walter Wade Junior (Christian Bale a sneering villain but awesome looking in a tux) out on the streets. Shaft vows to bring Wade to justice, by any means necessary. Though he also has other things on his plate, namely Latino drug lord Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright a riot) and some less than honourable police officers. The screenplay is a little trite, but as an action movie, one with the coolness and sparky humour, it really hits the required spots of those just after such easy minded fare. The support cast is a roll call of sound performers with the likes of Vanessa Williams, Dan Hedaya and Toni Collette fronting up, while the awesome ebullience of Busta Rhymes is very infectious. Isaac Hayes gloriously famous theme tune is still in place, pumped up by composer David Arnold, which ensures the feel of the original isn't lost, and Donald E. Thorin's photography is pin sharp and in turns gorgeous (night shots) and streetwise gritty. Shaft, the 2000 version, still bad-ass and sadly under appreciated. 7/10

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