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FULL SYNOPSIS

This action drama puts a new spin on Shaft, one of the key "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s. John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson), the namesake nephew of the legendary private eye (Richard Roundtree), is a street-smart police detective who with his partner Carmen Velez (Vanessa L. Williams) has been assigned to a racially motivated murder case, in which a black college student was killed in front of a restaurant by Walter Williams Jr. (Christian Bale), the sociopathic son of a New York construction tycoon, who then fled the country rather than face prosecution. Diane Palmieri (Toni Collette), a waitress on a smoke break, saw the murder, but she doesn't want to talk to the police. Two years later, Walter is forced to return to New York, but without Diane's testimony, the city doesn't have much of a case. Soon, Shaft, Walter Junior, and Walter Senior's goons are all looking for Diane, with Junior enlisting the help of Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright), a small-time drug dealer who will do anything to move into the big leagues. Shaft and Carmen find Diane, but discover that she had a good reason for being on the lam for the past two years. Amidst all this activity, John gets frequent advice from his uncle, with whom he ponders the idea of quitting the force and opening a detective agency. Shaft was directed by John Singleton, from a screenplay by Singleton, Richard Price, and Shane Salerno. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Toronto Film Critics Association Jeffrey Wright Best Supporting Actor 2000 Winner

Cast

Samuel L. Jackson
as John Shaft
Vanessa Williams
as Carmen Vasquez
Jeffrey Wright
as Peoples Hernandez
Christian Bale
as Walter Wade Jr.
Busta Rhymes
as Rasaan
Dan Hedaya
as Jack Roselli
Toni Collette
as Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree
as John Shaft
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
as Jimmy Groves
Josef Sommer
as Curt Fleming
Lynne Thigpen
as Carla Howard
Philip Bosco
as Walter Wade Sr.
Pat Hingle
as Hon. Dennis Bradford
Lee Tergesen
as Luger
Mekhi Phifer
as Trey Howard
Lawrence Taylor
Angela Pietropinto
as Mrs. Ann Palmieri
Gordon Parks
as lounge customer

Crew

John Singleton
Director
John Singleton
Producer
Scott Rudin
Producer
John Singleton
Screen Story
John Singleton
Screenwriter
Shane Salerno
Screen Story
Shane Salerno
Screenwriter
Richard Price
Screenwriter
Ernest Tidyman
Book Author
Donald Thorin
Cinematographer
Bill Stephney
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Isaac Hayes
Composer (Music Score)
Antonia Van Drimmelen
Editor
John Bloom
Editor
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Dennis Bradford
Supervising Art Director
Eric Steel
Co-producer
Mark Roybal
Associate Producer
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
Paul Hall
Executive Producer
Steve Nicolaides
Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Danny Michael
Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Franklin
First Assistant Director
Roy Anderson
Stunts
Ilene Starger
Casting
Skip Lievsay
Supervising Sound Editor
Steve Kirshoff
Special Effects Coordinator
Paul Urmson
Supervising Sound Editor
Danielle Hollowell
Costume/Wardrobe
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