Remove ads


100 min.
Gordon Parks
Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating *
Votes *
1.8% (1:56)
* View IMDb information

Top comments

  1. Mercator's avatar


    A true noir, hehe. 5 years 3 months ago
  2. GrooveRemote's avatar


    A relatively simple, yet effective, crime thriller. If what you're looking for is a time portal into the '70s, or a fun, funky-as-all-hell romp, you've got it here. If you're looking for character arcs (or even three-dimensional characters in general), good story structure (well, it's not all that bad), and clever plotting, this is not the film for you. I found exactly what I was expecting, and enjoyed it; particularly the music, which is fantastic. Yeah, there's a lot of period-heavy language and whatnot, but I tend to roll my eyes at those who scorn this. It's rare you get a film that could exist, written the same way, in any era. Anyway, I'd recommend watching it, if only for the cultural importance (pretty much the biggest blaxploitation film of all time, and was instrumental in starting a movement). 4 months 3 weeks ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar


    Shaft, the blaxploitation hit that rocked the world, is perhaps definitely a product of its time, and I'd love to see it with a 1971 audience (alas, I was born that year). While it hasn't exactly aged well, I don't think that's because of period details, but simply that its attitude and politics don't seem as shocking or groundbreaking today. So we're left with an exploitation movie done on the cheap, with bad dubbing and not as much action as you imagine. Still, Richard Roundtree's charisma in the lead role takes us a long way, the groovy production design is fun, the funky Isaac Hayes music is iconic, and the camera work is actually pretty cool in the first half of the film (but the tricks seem to evaporate in the second half as the complicated, unmemorable plot takes hold). Shaft will feel a little slow to today's audience, but you can tell why its insolence had an impact back in the day. 1 year ago
See all comments


Login to see which of your friends have seen this movie!


  1. graves checked this movie 8 hours 5 minutes ago
  2. WanderingSoul checked this movie 4 days 6 hours ago
  3. mestup added this movie to their watchlist 6 days 17 hours ago
See more activity

In 7 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #30 in Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time
    Quentin Tarantino's Coolest Movies of All Time's icon

    Quentin Tarantino's Cool…

  2. This movie ranks #161 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
    500 Essential Cult Movies's icon

    500 Essential Cult Movies

  3. This movie ranks #217 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
    Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)'s icon

    Harvard University's Sug…

  4. This movie ranks #309 in National Film Registry
    National Film Registry's icon

    National Film Registry

  5. This movie ranks #531 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
    1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die's icon

    1001 Movies You Must See…

  6. This movie ranks #779 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
    The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made's icon

    The Best 1,000 Movies Ev…

  7. This movie ranks #801 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
    The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die's icon

    The Guardian's 1000 Film…

View all lists this movie is in