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 Who's the black private dick

That's a sex machine to all the chicks?


Ya damn right!

Who is the man that would risk his neck

For his brother man?


Can you dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out

When there's danger all about?


Right On!

They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother-


But I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft.


He's a complicated man

But no one understands him but his woman


You's know de dojigger. You's know de movie. You's might even know de remake. But do ya' know Shaft?

Shaft is a 1971 Blaxploitation film, based on Ernest Tidyman's novel of the same name. It tells the story of an African-American private detective, John Shaft, who travels through Harlem and infiltrates The Mafia in order to find the missing daughter of a black mobster. It stars Richard Roundtree as Shaft, Moses Gunn as Bumpy Jonas, Charles Cioffi as Lt. Vic Androzzi, and Christopher St. John as Ben Buford, along with Gwenn Mitchell and Lawrence Pressman. Isaac Hayes did the theme song quoted above, which has reached Memetic Mutation to the point where it may actually be better known than the movie..

The film was followed by another movie, along with a series of TV movies, following the further adventures of Shaft during the 1973-74 season on The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies. As the series was being aired on network television, the character of Shaft was toned down a fair amount; for example, he frequently worked with the police, instead of being against them as in the original movie. Due to this Executive Meddling, the series was unpopular, and it was quickly cancelled.

In the year 2000, a sequel/remake starring Samuel L. Jackson as the nephew of the original Shaft (Roundtree, in a cameo), also named John Shaft, who works for the NYPD. Christian Bale makes an early appearance as the villain.

And we can dig it.

For the anime studio, look no further than Studio Shaft.

Films in this series:

  • Shaft (1971)
  • Shaft's Big Score (1972)
  • Shaft in Africa (1973)
  • Shaft (2000)

Shaft contains examples of:

 Isaac Hayes: They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother—

Female Chorus: Shut your mouth!

Isaac Hayes: But I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft!

Female Chorus: And we can dig it.

"Any questions?"

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