Shaft (1971)

BBB

(out of 5)


The origin of blaxploitation in the seventies was this surprise hit thriller, the first time a notable action movie featured an African-American lead.  Shaft () is a hip and swinging cop with a cool demeanor and a serious talent for the ladies. He finds himself in the middle of some dastardly danger when white and black mafias collide over kidnapping and blackmail. The action scenes haven’t aged all that well, but the spirit is definitely still there and Isaac Hayes’s score is as funky as ever.


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Shaft Productions

USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1971

Golden Globe Awards 1971

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