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Shaft (2000)

Director: John Singleton     Starring: Christian Bale Samuel L. Jackson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40145361
UPC: 097363361947
UPC 14: 00097363361947
Category Keywords: Action  Blaxploitation  Crime  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Up against corrupt cops and venomous druglords shaft is out to make crime pay up. Along the way he's got to track down the only eyewitness who can finger a racist killer. Helping him are a police colleague and a streetwise confidant.
Editor's Note
Samuel L. Jackson stars as detective John Shaft, a new-generation "black private dick who's a sex machine with all the chicks" in this stylish, action-packed update of the classic blaxploitation trilogy (SHAFT, SHAFT'S BIG SCORE!, and SHAFT IN AFRICA) from the early 1970s. Shaft's nemesis this time around is Walter Wade Jr. (Christian Bale), a cocky, blue-blooded white kid who commits a violent hate crime but still manages to skirt the system. When Wade forms an unholy alliance with powerful Dominican drug lord Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright) along with two dirty cops from Shaft's own precinct, Shaft turns in his badge to dispense justice on his own terms. Luckily for him, the original Shaft (Richard Roundtree, who is this Shaft's uncle) is around to help out, along with Vanessa Williams as a trustworthy cop, Toni Colette as an eyewitness to Wade's crime, and rapper Busta Rhymes as Shaft's man-on-the-street Rasaan. Director John Singleton (BOYZ N THE HOOD, HIGHER LEARNING) appears in a brief cameo, as does original SHAFT director Gordon Parks; the only creator missing is Ernest Tidyman, who wrote the novel that started it all. And SHAFT fans, take comfort--Isaac Hayes's remake of his classic theme is as funky as ever.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/4/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 336194
Video UPC UPC: 00097363361947
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Philip Bosco
Video Cast Info Toni Collette
Video Cast Info Busta Rhymes
Video Cast Info Vanessa Williams
Video Cast Info Lawrence Taylor
Video Cast Info Christian Bale
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Wright
Video Cast Info Richard Roundtree
Video Cast Info Samuel L. Jackson
Video Cast Info Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Video Cast Info Dan Hedaya
Video Cast Info Richard Price - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Scott Rudin - Producer
Video Cast Info Isaac Hayes - Music
Video Cast Info Samuel L. Jackson - Narrator
Video Cast Info Ernest Tidyman - Source Writer
Video Cast Info John Singleton - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Donald E. Thorin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Singleton - Producer
Video Cast Info R. Kelly - Music
Video Cast Info David Arnold - Composer
Video Cast Info John Singleton - Director
Plot Summary
The classic blaxploitation picture from 1971 returns to the big screen with Samuel L. Jackson taking over the title role from Richard Roundtree. Jackson portrays Shaft, nephew of Roundtree's legendary John Shaft. The younger Shaft is a police detective, unlike his uncle, who was a private investigator. His latest assignment is to track down a murderer (Christian Bale) before he kills the woman (Toni Collette) who witnessed his heinous crime. The mere appearance of Roundtree, reprising his original role, gives the revamped SHAFT all the credibility it needs, but it is director John Singleton's spruced-up action sequences, as well as Jackson, that make the movie so entertaining.

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Clearly a labor of love..." 06/08/2000 p.133

New York Times
"...The always dependable and indomitable Samuel L. Jackson as John unmistakably the star..." 06/16/2000 p.E12

USA Today
"...Rousing screen entertainment." -- 3 out of 4 stars 06/16/2000 p.6E

Entertainment Weekly
"...Flippantly aggressive, down and dirty....Jackson has attitude to burn..." -- Rating: B 06/30/2000 p.107

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Mindless fun, a great supporting cast and a classic piece of wardrobe....Make a point of grabbing SHAFT off the video store shelf." 12/01/2000 p.102

Rolling Stone
"...SHAFT scores by lacing ba-da-boom action with social pertinence....[Wright] lets fly with a smashing, funny-scary tour de force..." 07/06/2000 p.146

Los Angeles Times
"...The always excellent Jackson has the presence of a force of nature..." 06/16/2000 p.C1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Not just a retreat of the old movie, but SHAFT as more complicated than before, and with well-observed supporting characters..." 06/16/2000 p.33

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jackson,Samuel L.
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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