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Shaft

Release date: June 16, 2000
Directed by: John Singleton
Written by: John Singleton, Richard Price...
Produced by: Mark Roybal, Scott Rudin
Running time: 99 minutes

In John Singleton's remake, cool and deadly NYPD detective John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson) arrests Walter Wade, Jr. (Christian Bale) in a racially-motivated slaying. The eye witness disappears, Wade jumps bail for Switzerland, and Shaft is livid. Two years later, Wade returns to face trial, confident his father's money and influence guarantee an innocent verdict. Shaft looks hard for the witness (Toni Collette), so Wade wants someone to kill her. He turns to a ghetto drug king, Peoples Hernandez (Jeffrey Whright), who's willing to kill for money.

Cast & Characters

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 (Uncle 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), Daniel von Bargen (Lt. Kearney), Francisco Taveras (Lucifer), Sonja Sohn (Alice), Peter McRobbie (Lt. Cromartie), Zach Grenier (Harrison Loeb), Richard Cocchiaro (Frank Palmieri), Ron Castellano (Mike Palmieri), Freddie Ricks (Big Raymond), Sixto Ramos (Bonehead), Andre Royo (Tattoo), Richard Barboza (Dominican), Mekhi Phifer (Trey Howard)

Production Notes

Richard Roundtree, who plays Uncle John Shaft, played Shaft in the original films. Christian Bale didn’t have any interest in playing the part of the villain as he had just finished making American Psycho (2000). But he was reading through lines with Toni Collette who has the part of the witness in the film one day, and decided to give it a go as another villain after all. Isaac Hayes, the composer of the Shaft theme song, Gordon Parks, the director of the original Shaft (1971), and John Singleton, director of this version, all have cameos.

Awards & Nominations

☆   Blockbuster Entertainment Award – Best Supporting Actress