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The mob wants Harlem back. But they're gonna get Shaft. Richard Roundtree stars as New York City private detective John Shaft. He's cool, tough and won't back down to anybody. But when the New York Mafia wants to take over the Harlem drug trade, they kidnap local crime lord Bumpy Jonas' (Moses Gunn) daughter. Now in the middle of a war between mobsters that's ready to ignite a racial tinderbox, Jonas hires the one man tough enough to get his daughter back--John Shaft.
© 1971 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: This is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man. Can you dig it?
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Common Sense Says
A guilty pleasure for adults and older teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has incessant use of the word "f--k" and graphic violence, including self-inflicted ice-pick wounds and lots of punching and shooting. A character is blatantly racist and another is a drug dealer. Especially troubling is a conclusion that is surprisingly supportive of vigilante-style solutions, despite indications that even Shaft believes that this time the system will result in justice.
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- Genre:Drama, Action, Thriller
- Release Date:July 2, 1971
- Audio Format:Stereo
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