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USA 1971
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Gordon Parks, Sr.

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Richard Roundtree;  Moses Gunn;  Richard Roundtree;  Moses Gunn;  Charles Cioffi;  Christopher St. John;  Gwenn Mitchell;  Lawrence Pressman;  Victor Arnold;  Sherri Brewer;  Rex Robbins;  Camille Yarbrough;  Margaret Warncke;  Joseph Leon;  Arnold Johnson;  George Strus;  Edmund Hashim;  Drew Bundini Brown;  Lee Steele;  Tommy Lane;  Dominic Barto;  Al Kirk;  Shimen Ruskin;  Antonio Fargas;  Gertrude Jeannette;  Damu King;  Donny Burks;  Tony King;  Benjamin R. Rixson;  Ricardo Brown;  Alan Weeks;  Glenn Johnson;  Dennis Tade;  Adam Wade;  James Hainesworth;  Clee Burtonya;  Ed Bernard;  Ed Barth;  Joe Pronto;  Robin Nolan;  Ron Tannas;  Betty Bresler;  John Richards;  Paul Nevens; 

Short Summary:
John Shaft is the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy, the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working with both against the White Mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.

Movie summary written by John Vogel

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