Directed by Gordon Parks

From the first beats of the Oscar-winning Isaac Hayes title song you know you¹re in for something hip and ultra-cool. And you won’t be disappointed. Roundtree, in an iconic role, plays black private eye John Shaft who’s hired by black gangster Bumpy Jones to save his kidnapped daughter from the Mob. With the aid of black revolutionaries, Shaft hits the then very mean streets of Manhattan to rescue the girl. SHAFT was a huge box office hit, sparking a Hollywood hunger for black action films. John Singleton’s remake, starring Samuel L. Jackson and revising the Hayes soundtrack hits UK screens in November. See if it can live up to the original, showing in a glorious new 35mm print.

100 minutes

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