A Shaft poster, far right, in Billy Jo Jive's office

Shaft is a 1971 action film starring Richard Roundtree as private investigator John Shaft, based on the novel by Ernest Tidyman. The theme song, composed and performed by Isaac Hayes, became a popular hit and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The movie spawned two sequels, a short-lived TV series, and a 2000 remake.



  • Pat Hingle played the Hon. Dennis Bradford in Shaft (2000)
  • Samuel L. Jackson played the title role in Shaft (2000)
  • Jon Richards played an elevator starter in the 1971 film.
  • Rex Robbins played Rollie in the 1971 film.
  • Richard Roundtree played John Shaft in Shaft (1971), Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Shaft in Africa (1973), Shaft (TV, 1973-1974) and as "Uncle" John Shaft in the 2000 remake
  • Lynne Thigpen played Carla Howard in Shaft (2000)
  • Vanessa Williams played Carmen Vazquez in Shaft (2000)
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