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A 1971 blaxploitation film starring Richard Roundtree and directed by Gordon Parks.

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  • Aug 26, 2010
Blaxploitation was never so good as when this bad dude hit theatres like a barrel of dynamite!

"Who's the black private dick
That's a sex machine to all the chicks
Ya damn right

Who is the man
Who would risk his neck for his brother man
Can you dig it

Who's the cat that won't cop out
When there's danger all about
Right on

They say that cat Shaft is a bad mother f-
Shut your mouth
I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft
Then we can dig it

He's a complicated man
And no one understands him
But his woman
John Shaft

Original poster... damn right! Shaft on VHS Richard Roundtree as John Shaft
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review by . May 19, 2009
Shaft's one bad mother....
Shaft was one of the first big budgeted "black exploitation" films to come out of Hollywood during the early seventies. The story follows a private eye named John Shaft who takes a case for a shady individual. The deeper Mister Shaft goes into the case the more complex he finds it to be. With the local mob and some nosy cops on his tail will Shaft be able to keep his street cred whilst keeping it real?      This film was rushed into production to capitalize on Sweet …
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Shaft is a 1971 American blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. An action film with elements of film noir, Shaft tells the story of a black private detective, John Shaft, who travels through Harlem and to the Italian mob neighborhoods in order to find the missing daughter of a black mobster. It stars Richard Roundtree as Shaft, Moses Gunn as Bumpy Jonas, Charles Cioffi as Lt. Vic Androzzi, Christopher St. John as Ben Buford, and Gwenn Mitchell and Lawrence Pressman in smaller roles. The movie was adapted by Ernest Tidyman and John D. F. Black from Tidyman's 1971 novel of the same name.

The movie is widely considered a prime example of the blaxploitation genre. The Shaft soundtrack album, recorded by Isaac Hayes, was also a success, with the "Theme from Shaft" winning the 1971 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and according to the American Film Institute is the 38th best song from a movie of all time.

In 2000, Shaft was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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