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U.S., 1971
Directed by Gordon Parks
Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn
Music by Isaac Hayes
Approx. 100 min. 35mm.

“Who’s the Black private dick that’s a Sex Machine to all the chicks?” Richard Roundtree is John Shaft, one cool dude in turtleneck and leather jacket, bopping down The Deuce to the beat of Isaac Hayes’ Oscar-winning theme song, and handling cop pal Charles Cioffi the bodies of half the drug dealers on the East Coast.


“Forty years of gumshoe noir collided with black power in this 1971 action classic.”
– J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“A hip, cool, entertaining thriller.”
Time Out

“The first picture to show a black man who leads a life free of racial torment.”

Film Forum