Publication TypeAudiovisual (CD/DVD)
Year of Publication1971
AuthorFreeman, Joel
PublisherWarner Home Entertainment
Publication Languageeng
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"Hotter than Bond. Cooler than Bullitt," movie posters proclaimed. John Shaft was indeed a shut-your-mouth detective to reckon with, a fact emphasized from the film's start by Issac Hayes' Academy Award-winning Best Original Song and Oscar- nominated score. Richard Roundtree plays the smart, tough, confident lead, a private investigator whose hunt for a kidnapped woman puts him in the middle of feuding syndicates. Gordon Parks directs from a screenplay that Ernest Tidyman co-scripted from his own novel. John Shaft is an icon of change from an era of change. Today, Shaft still tells it like it is.