Shaft (1971)

Directed by
Gordon Parks

Seminal 'blaxploitation' movie that brings Ernest Tidyman's cool, streetwise private eye John Shaft to life.

Firstly Detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) finds himself up against Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn), the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working with both against the White Mafia after Bumpy hires him to locate his kidnapped daughter who has been taken by the White Mafia.

To rescue Bumpy's daughter, he must infiltrate the mob and cope with racial prejudice.

This film was followed by two sequels and a TV series.

Written by

Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1971

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Richard Roundtree...John Shaft
Moses Gunn...Bumpy Jonas
Charles Cioffi...Vic Androzzi
Christopher St. John...Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell...Ellie Moore
Lawrence Pressman...Sgt. Tom Hannon
Victor Arnold...Charlie
Sherri Brewer...Marcy
Rex Robbins...Rollie
Camille Yarbrough...Dina Greene
Margaret Warncke...Linda
Joseph Leon...Byron Leibowitz
Arnold Johnson...Cul
Dominic Barto...Patsy
George Strus...Carmen