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American Cool: SHAFT
June 16, 2017 @ 6:45 pm
“Renowned for its Isaac Hayes score, and as the first mainstream, commercially successful film about a black private eye, Parks’ film is a hip, cool, entertaining thriller.” – Time Out
“There are a lot of movies from that era that do basically the same things… but not many of them do them as well.” – Antagony & Ecstasy
Shaft has spawned an industry of sequels and imitations. The daughter (Sherri Brewer) of Bumpy Jones (Moses Gunn), a white gangster, has been kidnapped by a rival black gang. Bumpy hires private detective Shaft (Richard Roundtree) to find her. Shaft gets some assistance from Lt. Androzzy (Charles Cioffi) of the NYPD, who hopes to avoid a gang war, especially one which could lead to open racial warfare. The other person who helps him is Ben Buford (Christopher St. John), a black militant who also wants to avoid race war. Shaft is tough. Shaft is smart. Shaft succeeds. Isaac Hayes won an Academy Award for the title song.
Dir. Gordon Parks. 1971. 100 min.
Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink.