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345 Ratings


Directed by Gordon Parks
United States, 1971
Crime, Cult


Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

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Shaft Directed by Gordon Parks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Winner: Best Music, Original Song

1972 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

BAFTA Awards

1972 | Nominee: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Golden Globes (USA)

1972 | Winner: Best Original Score - Motion Picture

1972 | 2 nominations including: Most Promising Newcomer - Male

National Film Preservation Board

2000 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Roundtree’s original performance was, alongside the other icons of blaxploitation, foundational. Black roles constantly call back to it; black action heroes are forever indebted to it.
June 14, 2019
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Admittedly, much of Shaft is silly: the quasi-psychedelic sex scene; the bad guys with black gloves and Tommy guns; the crappy sound… But I’d forgotten how much of a visual treat it is—those iconic telephoto shots of Richard Roundtree stomping down the sidewalk, low angles, shadows, long-ish single-take scenes filmed in moving cars and narrow storefronts. Parks was a great photographer before he got into movies, with a powerful eye for placing people within spaces and streets.
March 10, 2017
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