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Shaft (2000)

aka Shaft

"Still the man, any questions?"

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Details: 99 mins · English, Español, Deutsch · R (USA)


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Small John Shaft
Small Peoples Hernandez
Small Walter Wade, Jr.
Small Rasaan
Small Jack Roselli
Small Diane Palmieri
Small (Uncle) John Shaft
Small Judge Dennis Bradford
No_movie_poster Walter Wade Senior
Small Carmen Vasquez
Small Mr. P
Small Trey's Friend
Small Trey Howard


No_movie_poster Richard Price Author
Small Scott Rudin Producer
No_movie_poster Shane Salerno Author
Small John Singleton Director
No_movie_poster Ernest Tidyman Author
No_movie_poster Mark Roybal Producer
No_movie_poster David Arnold Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Donald E. Thorin Director of Photography
Small John Bloom Editor
No_movie_poster Antonia Van Drimmelen Editor
No_movie_poster Ilene Starger Casting
No_movie_poster Patrizia von Brandenstein Production Design
Small Isaac Hayes Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Paul Hall Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Adam Schroeder Production
No_movie_poster Eric Steel Production
Small John Singleton Writer
Small John Bloom Editing


"Still the man, any questions?"


NYPD Detective John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) is called in to investigate the racially motivated murder of Trey Howard (Mekhi Phifer), committed by Walter Wade Jr. (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy real estate tycoon. Shaft briefly meets a potential eyewitness to the murder, Diane Palmieri (Toni Collette), but she disappears soon after and cannot be found for the trial. Wade Jr. is let off on bail and flees to Switzerland.

Two years later, Wade Jr. returns and Shaft rearrests him for leaving the country. During his temporary incarceration at police headquarters, Wade Jr. meets Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright), a Dominican drug lord. Wade Jr., his passport relinquished, is let off on bail again, and in frustration Shaft resigns from the police force, promising to bring Wade Jr. to justice on his own terms. Worried that Shaft might find the missing eyewitness, Wade Jr. hires Peoples to find and kill her first.

Shaft continues his search for Diane, enlisting the help of his friends Detective Carmen Vasquez (Vanessa L. Williams) and taxi driver Rasaan (Busta Rhymes). While visiting Diane's uncooperative mother, Shaft and Carmen realise they are being followed by officers Jack Roselli (Dan Hedaya) and Jimmy Groves (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), who have been paid by Peoples to follow Shaft and get to Diane. Shaft finally finds Diane, but before they can talk, they are attacked by Peoples's men. In the shootout, Shaft kills Peoples' younger brother. Shaft, Diane, Rasaan, and Diane's brother manage to escape to Rasaan's apartment, but they are followed by Roselli and Groves. While at the apartment, Diane confesses that she saw the entire murder, and kept silent in return for a payoff from Wade's father.

When Peoples arrives at the location, another shootout takes place. Roselli and Groves, outed as corrupt, are killed by Carmen. In a face-off between Shaft and Peoples, Peoples insinuates that he's been working for Wade, and Shaft kills him. Wade Jr.'s trial finally arrives. Before it can begin, however, he is gunned down by Trey's mother, Carla Howard (Lynne Thigpen). In the police station, Shaft reiterates to Carmen that he prefers to be a private detective. A woman arrives, asking for Shaft to help her, claiming to have an abusive boyfriend. Shaft is initially reluctant, but when he sees her injury, he decides to help her anyway. Shaft, along with his uncle (Richard Roundtree), go together to face to the victim.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2000-06-16 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-12-12