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Shaft (1971)

R 100 min - Adventure, Action, Thriller, Crime - 2 July 1971
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This ground breaking detective picture features Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song and stars Richard Roundtree ("Seven", "Shaft's Big Score") as John Shaft, a street-wise black detective hired to find the beautiful kidnapped daughter of powerful Harlem mobster, Moses Gunn ("Ragtime", "Heartbreak Ridge"). Helmed by award-winning director Gordon Parks ("The Learning Tree", "Leadbelly"), its huge commercial success spawned two sequels and a TV series.

Director:  Gordon Parks
Stars:  Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John, Gwenn Mitchell, Lawrence Pressman, Victor Arnold, Sherri Brewer, Rex Robbins, Camille Yarbrough, Margaret Warncke, Joseph Leon, Arnold Johnson, Dominic Barto, George Strus, Tony King, Antonio Fargas, Eddie Barth

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Storyline

This ground breaking detective picture features Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song and stars Richard Roundtree ("Seven", "Shaft's Big Score") as John Shaft, a street-wise black detective hired to find the beautiful kidnapped daughter of powerful Harlem mobster, Moses Gunn ("Ragtime", "Heartbreak Ridge"). Helmed by award-winning director Gordon Parks ("The Learning Tree", "Leadbelly"), its huge commercial success spawned two sequels and a TV series.



Tagline: The mob wanted Harlem back. They got shaft...up to here.

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  2 July 1971

Box Office

Budget:  $4,000,000
Revenue:  $12,121,618

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Shaft Productions Ltd.

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 40 min

Academy Award Nominations and Win

MUSIC (Original Dramatic Score) — Isaac Hayes
MUSIC (Song–Original for the Picture) — “Theme From Shaft,” Music and Lyrics by Isaac Hayes – WON


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