Shaft

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 40145361
UPC 097363361947
UPC 14 00097363361947
Format DVD
Release Date 1/4/2005
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Blaxploitation
Crime
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Clearly a labor of love..." 06/08/2000 p.133,"...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
New York Times "...The always dependable and indomitable Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft...is 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
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
Directors
John Singleton
Actors
Christian Bale
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast & Crew
Philip Bosco - Star
Toni Collette - Star
Busta Rhymes - Star
Vanessa Williams - Star
Lawrence Taylor - Star
Christian Bale - Star
Jeffrey Wright - Star
Richard Roundtree - Star
Samuel L. Jackson - Star
Ruben Santiago-Hudson - Star
Dan Hedaya - Star
Richard Price - Screenwriter
Scott Rudin - Producer
Isaac Hayes - Music
Samuel L. Jackson - Narrator
Ernest Tidyman - Source Writer
John Singleton - Screenwriter
Donald E. Thorin - Director of Photography
John Singleton - Producer
R. Kelly - Music
David Arnold - Composer
John Singleton - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 336194
UPC 00097363361947
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Jackson,Samuel L.
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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