SHAFT (1971 U.S.) D: GORDON PARKS SR. W: ERNEST TIDYMAN/JOHN D.F. BLACK P: JOEL FREEMAN
After the reasonably popular SWEET SWEETBACK`S BADASSSSS SONG and COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, this major Hollywood production gave the 70`s black action craze a major kickstart it needed. But it is actually one of the least outrageous and enjoyable of it`s type. Just a pretty average detective story with a black cast and hero, lucky enough to have that iconic, superb Isaac Hayes soundtrack. Richard Roundtree is of course the black private dick who can satisfy all the chicks. With Moses Gunn, Gwenn Mitchell, Antonio Fargas, Tony King, Lawrence Pressman and Parks. Based on a character from a series of novels by Tidyman. SHAFT`S BIG SCORE was the first sequel, and this was remade in 2000.

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