Terrific detective flick introduces Shaft, private eye with an attitude, who survives gun shots and bad guys galore. Shaft is hired to rescue the daughter of a rich underground boss, but is that exactly what the underground boss wants of him? Very well done! If you have the opportunity, go see this; it's awesome! Followed by three sequels including one in 2000 starring Samuel L. Jackson. Watch for director Gordon Parks in a cameo. Definitely not for kids.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Drew Bundini Brown, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Antonio Fargas

Directed by:

Gordon Parks


1971 action/crime

Rated R


Don Ignacio's score: A-

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