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Shaft (2019)

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JJ Shaft, a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, enlists his family's help to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death.

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Tim Story
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... John Shaft
Jessie T. Usher ... JJ Shaft
Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft, Sr
Regina Hall ... Maya Babanikos
Alexandra Shipp ... Sasha Arias
Matt Lauria ... Major Gary Cutworth
Titus Welliver ... Special Agent Vietti
Method Man ... Freddy P (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Isaach De Bankolé ... Pierro 'Gordito' Carrera
Avan Jogia ... Karim Hassan
Luna Lauren Velez ... Bennie Rodriguez (as Luna Lauren Vélez)
Robbie Jones ... Sergeant Keith Williams
Aaron Dominguez ... Staff Sergeant Eddie Dominguez
Ian Casselberry ... Manuel Orozco
Almeera Jiwa ... Anam
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Storyline

JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

More Shaft than you can handle.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, violence, sexual content, some drug material and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaft See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,901,419, 16 June 2019

Gross USA:

$21,360,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,360,215
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shaft (2000) was about John Shaft I's nephew, whilst this one is about John Shaft (Samuel L. Jackson)'s son, John Shaft Jr. See more »

Goofs

When JJ Shaft and John Shaft come to JJ's apartment after a night out (when JJ puked on a woman) JJ checks his cellular phone that shows time being 12:27. The clock at the wall seems to be 4:32 only few seconds later. See more »

Quotes

Maya Babanikos: [to Shaft's honies] Lady Syphilis, Madam Chlamydia, it's lovely to meet you both.
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Crazy Credits

Midway through the end credits, a hip-hop song abruptly stops, we hear a radio scanning, and then it lands in the middle of an old-school R&B ballad. This is a callback to a scene earlier in the film when Jackson changes the station on the car radio. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Shaft (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Much Shaft
Written by Isaac Hayes, Quavo (as Quavious Marshall) and Boi-1da (as Matthew Samuels)
Performed by Quavo with Saweetie
Produced by Boi-1da (as Boi 1Da) for 1Da Boi Productions,
Co-Produced by Jahaan Sweet
Additional Production by Nick Brongers
Quavo appears courtesy of Quality Control Music, Motown Records and Capitol Records
Saweetie appears courtesy of Icy/Artistry Records/WBR
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Refreshingly unapologetic!
13 July 2019 | by ryangale-13474See all my reviews

Nice to see a film without an agenda to push. Shaft was entertaining from start to finish. Good action, good comedic timing, and Samuel L Jackson is awesome (as usual). If you are one of those modern day sensitive snowflakes, this film might not be for you though.


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