• Shaft (1971)


Release Date: July 2nd, 1971

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2000

R |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy (Moses Gunn), the leader of the black crime mob, then against black nationals, and finally working with both against the white mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.

Cast: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Christopher St. John, Charles Cioffi, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer

Director: Gordon Parks

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Shaft Productions Ltd.

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Pursuit, Rise, New York City, Mystery, Daughter, Cool, 1970s


Winner Music (Song -- Original for the Picture)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Memorial Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Dramatic Score)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture