[[caption-width-right:350: Can you dig it?]]

->''They say this cat Shaft is [[CurseCutShort a bad mother]]--\\
[[BigShutUp SHUT YOUR MOUTH!]]\\
But I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft.\\

[[FunetikAksent 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 TheMafia 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 [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic theme song]] quoted above, which has reached MemeticMutation 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 [[AntiHero Shaft]] was [[{{Bowdlerise}} toned down]] [[{{Badbutt}} a fair amount]]; for example, he frequently worked with the police, instead of being against them as in the original movie. Due to this ExecutiveMeddling, the series was unpopular, and it was quickly cancelled.

[[TurnOfTheMillennium In the year 2000]], a [[TheRemake sequel/remake]] starring Creator/SamuelLJackson as the [[SpinOffspring nephew of the original Shaft]] (Roundtree, in a [[TheCameo cameo]]), also named John Shaft, who works for the NYPD. Creator/ChristianBale makes an early appearance as the villain.

[[MemeticMutation And we can dig it.]]

For the anime studio, look no further than Creator/StudioSHAFT.
!! Films in this series:
* ''Shaft '' (1971)
* ''Shaft's Big Score'' (1972)
* ''Shaft in Africa'' (1973)
* ''Shaft'' (2000)
!!! "But I'm troping about Shaft/And we can dig it":
* AngryBlackMan
* BadassMoustache
* [[{{Badass}} Bad Mother]]-- ''[[BigShutUp Shut your mouth]]!''
* BailEqualsFreedom: Averted in the remake, which is surprising considering how fast and loose they are with the law in the rest of the movie. When Christian Bale's character jumps (no pun intended) bail by flying to Switzerland, he is immediately arrested the moment he steps foot back on American soil. Of course, he ends up getting released on bail by the judge ''again'' (highly unlikely in RealLife, given that he's ''proven'' himself a flight risk), making the whole exercise pointless, except as an example of what an entitled {{Jerkass}} the character is. [[spoiler: The victim's mother shoots him to death on the courthouse steps as he's leaving]].
* BigBadDuumvirate: Peoples Hernandez and [[Creator/ChristianBale Walter Wade Jr.]] in the 2000 sequel.
** NonActionBigBad: Walter Wade Jr. is responsible for the murder that occurs in the 2000 sequel, but he has Peoples Hernandez do most of the villainous actions in the movie.
** DragonInChief / TheHeavy: Peoples Hernandez fulfills this role to Wade Jr. However, he eventually becomes a DragonWithAnAgenda after Shaft kills his brother in a gunfight halfway through the movie, getting into a fight with Wade Jr. and stabbing him in the hand in the process.
* {{Blaxploitation}}
* CharacterTitle
* TheChiefsDaughter: Shaft woos an African princess in the first sequel.
* TheChosenZero: One of the taglines was something along the lines of "The mob wanted Harlem back. They got Shaft".
* ClusterFBomb: The 2000 remake.
* ColdCash
* CompensatingForSomething: Played up in the ads. According to a book on blaxploitation films, several theaters had a contest going during the run of ''In Africa'' where customers could win a prize if they correctly guessed the length of Shaft's... walking stick.
* CowboyCop: Jackson's Shaft, who when requested to turn in his badge does so by throwing it like a shuriken, causing it to embed itself in the wall next to a judge's head. Awesome? Very much so.
* CurseCutShort: [[http://youtu.be/CHbYLjWEEQA The title theme:]]
-->'''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.
* FollowTheLeader: ''Shaft'' essentially was the UrExample for {{Blaxploitation}}, with ''SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong'' as the genre's TropeMaker, though not an example.
* GunsAkimbo: In the 2000 sequel.
* HollywoodHealing: In the original, Shaft gets shot numerous times with a machine gun. He mysteriously lives.
* IronicEcho: "Close it yourself, shitty!"
* KickTheDog: In the original, Shaft uses one of the BigBad's mooks as a human shield, causing the BigBad to shoot his own mook.
* TheKlan: In the Samuel L. Jackson remake of ''Shaft'', a black man named Trey was dining in a mainly "upper class" restaurant and was racially harassed by a Jerkass white diner named Wade. After ignoring the first few public insults, Trey walks over to Wade's table, cuts two holes in his cloth napkin, and puts it on top of Wade's head, where it resembles a KKK hood, to the laughter of some of the onlookers. Wade responds to this by [[DisproportionateRetribution beating Trey's head in with a metal pole]], setting off the plot.
* LineOfSightName: The main character was named after, of all things, a fire shaft.
* MissingTrailerScene: The trailer for the 2000 film originally featured a fight between Shaft and Wade. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome It didn't make the final cut]].
* NewYorkCityCops: TheRemake.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Walter Wade Jr. (played by Creator/ChristianBale) in the remake. He's a white supremacist who harasses a black man at a restaurant, and later kills him because the guy successfully dissed him.
* RatedMForManly
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Police Lt. Vic Androzzi. He's pretty much the only cop that Shaft is willing to put up with, and frequently helps Shaft out by looking the other way while he takes care of business.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''Shaft in Africa''
* ShaggyDogStory: In TheRemake, Shaft spends the whole movie trying to get a murderer put in prison... [[spoiler:and then the victim's mother shoots the murderer anyways, rendering Shaft's efforts and pretty much the whole movie pointless.]]
* SoulBrotha
* SpinOffspring: TheRemake stars Samuel L. Jackson as the nephew of the original, played by Richard Roundtree in a cameo appearance. Apparently he passed his skills down to him as he's just as badass.
''"Any questions?"''