Shaft 2000

Shaft 2000

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Shaft 2000

This action drama puts a new spin on Shaft, one of the key "blaxploitation" films of the 1970s. John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson), the namesake nephew of the legendary private eye (Richard Roundtree), is a street-smart police detective who with his partner Carmen Velez (Vanessa L. Williams) has been assigned to a racially motivated murder case, in which a black college student was killed in front of a restaurant by Walter Williams Jr. (Christian Bale), the sociopathic son of a New York construction tycoon, who then fled the country rather than face prosecution. Diane Palmieri (Toni Collette), a waitress on a smoke break, saw the murder, but she doesn't want to talk to the police. Two years later, Walter is forced to return to New York, but without Diane's testimony, the city doesn't have much of a case. Soon, Shaft, Walter Junior, and Walter Senior's goons are all looking for Diane, with Junior enlisting the help of Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Wright), a small-time drug dealer who will do anything to move into the big leagues. Shaft and Carmen find Diane, but discover that she had a good reason for being on the lam for the past two years. Amidst all this activity, John gets frequent advice from his uncle, with whom he ponders the idea of quitting the force and opening a detective agency. Shaft was directed by John Singleton, from a screenplay by Singleton, Richard Price, and Shane Salerno.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
UPC: 0097361562834
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson John Shaft
Vanessa Williams Carmen Vasquez
Jeffrey Wright Peoples Hernandez
Christian Bale Walter Wade Jr.
Busta Rhymes Rasaan
Dan Hedaya Jack Roselli
Toni Collette Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree John Shaft
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Jimmy Groves
Josef Sommer Curt Fleming
Lynne Thigpen Carla Howard
Philip Bosco Walter Wade Sr.
Pat Hingle Hon. Dennis Bradford
Lee Tergesen Luger
Mekhi Phifer Trey Howard
Gordon Parks lounge customer

Technical Credits
John Singleton Director
Antonia Van Drimmelen Editor
Richard Price Source Author

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Shaft 2000 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never heard of the original shaft and saw this mostly because Bale was in it. Surprisingly this wasn't that bad and not only Bale but Samuel did a pretty good job too. I was very surprised by Bale's character. it shows that he is one hell of an actor and that he can play either a bad guy like in American Psycho or just plain weird like in the machinist especially or a good guy like in reign of fire. Busta Rymes was funny and Vanessa Williams was also good too. jeffrey wright was weird and not bad either and i recognized him from lady in the water. This is the story about a cop detective, a killer and a witness. There is some subject matter so remember to watch with an open mind. Check this out if you like the original shaft, Samuel and or are a bale fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, if you want action, a little romance, and a whole lot of butt-kicking, this is your movie. Cool DVD features. Great movie. MUST HAVE