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John Singleton (2000)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Samuel L Jackson, very cool in a wardrobe designed by Armani, has the necessary presence to carry off this slick homage to the icon of 1970s blaxploitation from director John Singleton. This Shaft is the nephew of the original (Richard Roundtree, who returns to the screen here with a beauty on each arm), and he's one mad, mean mother, especially when wealthy creep Christian Bale gets away with a brutal, racially motivated murder. Vanessa Williams is pure window-dressing as Shaft's partner, but Jeffrey Wright is brilliant as his drugs lord adversary, while Isaac Hayes's Oscar-winning theme song once again gets the pulse pumping for some maliciously funny twists and heavy violence, as Shaft outwits informers, sadists and bent cops to get to his killer with ruthless style. Still the man!


A maverick detective vows to catch a racist criminal suspected of murdering an innocent black man. However, the only witness is reluctant to talk, and the killer comes from a very wealthy family, prompting the tough-talking cop to quit the force and bring in the culprit on his own terms. Remake of the blaxploitation thriller, starring Samuel L Jackson, Christian Bale and Toni Collette.

Cast & Crew

John Shaft Samuel L Jackson
Walter Wade Jr Christian Bale
Diane Palmieri Toni Collette
Uncle John Shaft Richard Roundtree
Carmen Vasquez Vanessa Williams
Peoples Hernandez Jeffrey Wright
Rasaan Busta Rhymes
Jack Roselli Dan Hedaya
Mr P Isaac Hayes
Judge Dennis Bradford Pat Hingle
Director John Singleton
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 15 Sep 2000


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