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SHAFT (1971)

50th Anniversary

Musician Isaac Hayes' instantly recognizable, OscarĀ®-winning theme song, lead actor Richard Roundtree's charisma and heaps of streetwise attitude have ensured SHAFT's status as an all-time cult classic. But writer/director Gordon Parks' SHAFT also signaled a new direction in films made by and for African Americans. This smart and stylish 1971 homage to the tradition of hardboiled detective fiction finds Roundtree as "the Black private dick" John Shaft, hired by a Harlem drug lord (Moses Gunn) to find his kidnapped daughter. DIR Gordon Parks; SCR Ernest Tidyman, John D. F. Black, from Tidyman's novel; PROD Joel Freeman. U.S., 1971, color, 100 min. RATED R

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