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New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.

  1. John Singleton

    Author, Director

  2. Shane Salerno


  3. Ernest Tidyman


  4. Richard Price


Top Billed Cast

  1. Samuel L. Jackson

    Samuel L. Jackson

    John Shaft

  2. Jeffrey Wright

    Jeffrey Wright

    Peoples Hernandez

  3. Christian Bale

    Christian Bale

    Walter Wade, Jr.

  4. Busta Rhymes

    Busta Rhymes


  5. Dan Hedaya

    Dan Hedaya

    Jack Roselli

  6. Toni Collette

    Toni Collette

    Diane Palmieri

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

Budget $46,000,000.00

Revenue $107,196,498.00

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Release Information

  • June 15, 2000
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

I know cats who'd take out whole zipcodes for that kind of cheese.

Remakes do work occasionally, case in point Shaft, John Singleton's update of the 1971 Blacksploitation movie that starred Richard Roundtree as the title character. Roundtree gets a part in this one as well, playing the uncle of Samuel L. Jackson's title character, John Shaft.

It's the perfect role for Jackson, lashings of cool and menace, on his bulky shoulders dose the film easily rest. Plot finds Shaft turning in his badge after the law proves useless to let racist murderer Walter Wade Junior (Christian Bale a sneering... read the rest.

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