Shaft (2000)
Front Cover Actor
Samuel L. Jackson John Shaft
Vanessa L. Williams Carmen Vasquez (as Vanessa Williams)
Christian Bale Walter Wade, Jr.
Jeffrey Wright Peoples Hernandez
Busta Rhymes Rasaan
Dan Hedaya Detective Jack Roselli
Toni Collette Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree Uncle John Shaft
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jimmy Groves
Josef Sommer Curt Fleming
Philip Bosco
Zach Grenier
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Thriller
Director John Singleton
Producer Mark Roybal; Scott Rudin
Writer Ernest Tidyman; John Singleton
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 1 hr 39 mins
Country Germany
Color Color
Samuel L. Jackson makes a gleefully updated John Shaft in John Singleton's homage to (not remake of) the early '70s action classic, picking up where Richard Roundtree's legendary Shaft left off. The Manhattan-set film is highlighted by excellent performances, dynamic action scenes, and witty one-liners (Jackson's Shaft: "It's my duty to please the booty"--although the line's deceptive: there's a surprising lack of sex in the film). Unfortunately, it's offset by a surprisingly uninspired, predictable, one-dimensional story, penned by Singleton, Richard Price, and Shane Salerno. The story, in which Shaft investigates the murder of a young African American, is without suspense, since from the start the audience knows that rich white boy Walter Wade (Christian Bale) did the deed, and that Shaft is going to kick his ass, big time. That said, charismatic performances--from Jackson (who, in keeping with the times, is more volatile and fiery than his predecessor), Toni Collette (as a frightened witness), the villainous Bale, and the utterly amazing Jeffrey Wright (Basquiat)--make the film enticing and watchable. Look for a cameo by the original Shaft's director, the legendary Gordon Parks, and fans of the original should note that a still stunningly handsome Roundtree briefly appears as Jackson's uncle. --N.F. Mendoza
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1425
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/31/04
Purchase Price $7.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 097363361947
Release Date 12/12/00
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby