“Superbly directed by Gordon Parks (who makes a
Hitchcockian onscreen appearance),
Shaft was one of the seminal Black
dramas of the 1970s and is notable for its mesmerizing, Oscar-winning Isaac
Hayes score, seamless action sequences, the uniformly fine acting of the film’s
ensemble, and an absorbing script about the Mafia abduction of a Harlem mob
boss’s daughter. Richard Roundtree surprised the critics with his complex
portrayal of the confident Black private eye Shaft, capable of holding his own
with a white police detective, or going eyeball-to-eyeball with formidable
Harlem underworld king Bumpy Jonas.”
Running time: 100 min
Format: 35 mm
Director: Gordon Parks
Screenwriters: Ernest Tidyman and John D.F. Black
Producer: Joel Freeman
Cinematographer: Urs Furrer
Editor: Hugh A. Robertson
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