Shaft

Roundtree, Richard

$19.98 
SKU: 883929241828

UPC 883929241828
Release Date 2012-08-14
Studio Warner Home Video
Discs 1
Length 100
Format (unknown)
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Synopsis Following the breakout success of Melvin Van Peebles's SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONG, Gordon Parks' SHAFT would officially launch the historic Blaxploitation movement. Based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman, the film stars Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, a debonair, tough-talking private detective, who became a full-fledged American archetype after the film was released. Combining street smarts and sharp wit, Shaft is the quintessential black action hero. After battling against Harlem gang kingpin Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn), Shaft decides to help rescue Bumpy's daughter from the Mafia. What follows is an action-packed thrill ride through the rough-and-tumble streets of early 1970s New York City. Featuring one of the most recognizable theme songs in movie history (for which Isaac Hayes' won a Best Song Oscar in 1972), Parks' follow-up to his critically acclaimed, though monetarily disappointing, drama THE LEARNING TREE remains the definitive Blaxploitation film. Roundtree delivers a legendary performance as the ultra-cool detective, in this groundbreaking film that would spawn two sequels (SHAFT'S BIG SCORE! and SHAFT IN AFRICA) and a big-budget remake in 2000.In this quintessential blaxploitation film, Richard Roundtree is Shaft: a good looking, tough-talking private detective hired to rescue a gangster's daughter from kidnappers....The last 25 minutes are an object lesson in the art of ending a movie with a bang... -- 4 out of 5 starsTheatrical release: July 2, 1971 SHAFT was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000. The film was remade in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, as John Shaft's nephew; Richard Roundtree stars in the film as the original Shaft. Isaac Hayes auditioned for the role of Shaft before accepting the position of film composer....Gordon Parks remains one of the past century's great still photographers....[The film] still surprises with a visual shoddiness that's ultimately part of its off-the-cuff charm......It's cool legacy hasn't mellowed...John Shaft was an in-charge, blatantly virile hero, with attitude to spare.
Cast Joel Freeman (Producer)
Victor Arnold (Star)
Charles Cioffi (Star)
Isaac Hayes (Composer)
Moses Gunn (Star)
Antonio Fargas (Star)
Lawrence Pressman (Star)
Gordon Parks (Director)
Richard Roundtree (Star)
Gwenn Mitchell (Star)
Hugh A. Robertson (Editor)
Urs Furrer (Cinematographer)
John D. F. Black (Writer)
Christopher St. John (Star)
Emanuel Gerard (Art Director)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Note: Behind-the-Scenes Documentary: Soul In Cinema: Filming Shaft on location Shaft: The Killing (1973 TV Episode) 3 Theatrical Trailers Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.40000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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