R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.
Moses Gunn's character, Bumpy Jonas, is based on Bumpy Johnson, an African-American mobster in the 1930s.
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At the beginning of the movie, in Shaft's office, Shaft changes back and forth between a lighter brown coat and a dark coat. The difference can be seen by noticing the horizontal seam on the back of each coat, one is straight and the other is not.
CBS edited 28 minutes from this film for its 1975 network television premiere.
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