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  • R
  • 1h 30m
  • 1971
Certified Fresh86%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
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 Media

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Common Sense Says
Update of '70s classic has lots of violence and cursing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Shaft is the 2000 reboot of the 1971 original in which Samuel L. Jackson plays the nephew of the original Shaft. There's frequent profanity throughout the movie, including "motherf---er" and the "N" word. The movie centers on Shaft's attempt to bring a wealthy racist white man to justice after he kills an innocent African American man on the sidewalk in front of a nightclub. There's some violence, including dead bodies found on the street, characters thrown out of apartments, characters shot, hit by cars, stabbed in the hand. Marijuana smoking, cigar smoking, drinking. The movie opens with a sex scene montage, with breasts shown. Movie explores themes of racial injustice, both on the street and in the courtroom.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action, Thriller
  • Release Date:July 2, 1971
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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