Shaft (1971)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Richard Roundtree John Shaft
Moses Gunn Bumpy Jonas
Charles Cioffi Vic Androzzi
Christopher St. John Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell Ellie Moore
Lawrence Pressman Sergeant 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
Edmund Hashim Lee
Drew Bundini Brown Willy
Tommy Lane Leroy
Al Kirk Sims
Shimen Ruskin Dr. Sam
Antonio Fargas Bunky
Gertrude Jeannette Old Lady
Lee Steele Blind Vendor
Damu King Mai
Donny Burks Remmy
Tony King Davies
Benjamin R. Rixson Bay Newfield
Ricardo Brown Tuffy
Alan Weeks Gus
Glenn Johnson Char
Dennis Tate Dotts
Adam Wade Brother #1
James Hainesworth Brother #2
Clee Burtonya Sonny
Ed Bernard Poerco
Eddie Barth Tony (as Ed Barth)
Joe Pronto Dom
Robin Nolan Waitress
Ron Tannas Billy
Betty Bresler Mrs. Androzzi
Gwen Mitchell Ellie
Jon Richards Elevator Starter
Drew Bundi Brown Willy
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Drama
Director Gordon Parks
Producer Joel Freeman; John D.F. Black; Ernest Tidyman
Writer Ernest Tidyman; John D.F. Black
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 100 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Gordon Parks (The Learning Tree) directed this 1971 detective story about John Shaft (Richard Roundtree), an African American private eye who has a rocky relationship with cops, an even rockier one with Harlem gangsters, and a healthy sex life. The script finds Shaft tracking down the kidnapped daughter of a black mobster, but the pleasure of the film is the sum of its attitude, Roundtree's uncompromising performance, and the thrilling, Oscar-winning score by Isaac Hayes. Parks seems fond of certain detective genre clichés (e.g., the hero walking into his low-rent office and finding a hood waiting to talk with him), but he and Roundtree make those moments their own. Shaft had a couple of sequels and a follow-up television series, but none had the impact this movie did. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 120
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 012569505124
Chapters 20
Release Date 2000
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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