Shaft (1971)

Shaft is IRRESISTIBLE for its sprawling isaac-hayes-annointed soundtrack and the wardrobe of Richard Roundtree.

Regan Humphrey

Though private detective John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) isn’t pleased when a crime boss seeks to hire him for a job, saving the innocent life of a kidnapped girl falls within his expertise. Staying true to his principles means accepting the job, even when he finds himself up against the police and the mafia in the process.


Soundtrack: 100%
Story: 80%
Writing: 60%
Diversity: 100%
Daring: 80%
Racism: PERVASIVE – 80%
Gender Bias: ABSENT – 0%
Homophobia: COMBATTED – 51%

Riddled with stereotyped characteristics (violent, oppositional, hyper sexual, and weak for white women), John Shaft is as much a white man’s imagination of a black man as he is a celebrated protagonist in the history of African-American cinema.

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