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At Theaters: 6/16/2000 On Video: 12/12/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 189910
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Crooked cops on the take, small-time drug lords, sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill -- for police detective John Shaft, it’s just another night in the underbelly of New York City, another shift facing down cops and criminals who want him dead and a legal system that thrives on money, not justice.
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Drama - Young urban audiences--as well as older fans of the original '70s film series--should enjoy this slick, smooth crime drama; the film delivers laughs, solid acting, and satisfying action. The violence and pervasive profanity make the film inappropriate for children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Samuel L. Jackson RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, DEEP BLUE SEA, THE RED VIOLIN
Vanessa Williams LIGHT IT UP, THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND
Jeffrey Wright RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, D-TOX
Christian Bale AMERICAN PSYCHO
Dan Hedaya DICK, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, ALIEN RESURRECTION
Dir/Prod: John Singleton WOO, ROSEWOOD, HIGHER LEARNING
Producer: Scott Rudin WONDER BOYS
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting glimpses of sex an
VIOLENCE: Shootings, stabbings, beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Chases, gunfights, fistfights.
COMEDY: Lots of verbal humor.
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Good
Style doesn't exactly make for a great film, but when it comes to Shaft, that's of little consequence. What matters above all else is having a good time, and that's why John Singleton's Y2G revival of supercool Big Apple P.I. John Shaft is as enjoyable as it is. Much like the film that started the franchise, this Shaft's plot doesn't score points in the originality department, but the energy level and smooth attitude distinguishes it from standard crime thrillers.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 211 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
37
Very High
97%
13-19Teens (F)
18
Fairly Low
78%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
22
High
95%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
15
Very High
93%
30+Adults (M)
60
Fairly Low
98%
30+Adults (F)
59
High
81%
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Crooked cops on the take … small-time drug lords … sleazy informers and sadistic rich kids ready to kill -- for police detective John Shaft, it's just another night in the underbelly of New York City, another shift facing down cops and criminals who want him dead and a legal system that thrives on money, not justice.

When spoiled college kid Walter Wade (Christian Bale) kills a young black student, John Shaft (Jackson) makes the arrest. Walter skips bail and flees the country, and after two years of waiting, Shaft hauls him back into custody as Walter secretly returns to the States. But when Walter's wealthy father posts bail once again, Walter is back out on the streets and looking to put Shaft in a body bag. So are two of Shaft's corrupt colleagues (Dan Hedaya and Ruben Santiago-Hudson) as well as a Dominican drug lord (Jeffrey Wright) who wants revenge on Shaft for humiliating him in the neighborhood he rules.

For backup, Shaft has only his two closest pals: Carmen (Vanessa Williams), a colleague on the police force; and his streetwise confidant, Rasaan (Busta Rhymes). Meanwhile, Shaft has got to track down the one murder witness (Toni Collette) who can put all of his enemies away for good even as the toughest killers in the city close in on him.

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