Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It?

2 Episodes

“Shaft’s his name. Shaft’s his game.” The first two entries in the genre-defining Blaxploitation series made John Shaft—embodied with legendary swagger by Richard Roundtree—one of the most iconic characters in all of genre cinema, a supremely suave New York City private eye who gave audiences a long-overdue Black action hero as tough and cool as any the screen had ever seen. Directed by Gordon Parks, the original SHAFT films not only featured some of the funkiest music and fashion of the 1970s, they were also instrumental in shifting attitudes toward race in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera.

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Can You Dig It?
  • Shaft

    Episode 1

    Directed by Gordon Parks • 1971 • United States
    Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi

    “Hotter than Bond. Cooler than Bullitt,” the movie posters proclaimed. And as embodied by an ultrabadass Richard Roundtree, John Shaft is indeed a detective to reckon with: a stylish, streetwis...

  • Shaft’s Big Score!

    Episode 2

    Directed by Gordon Parks • 1972 • United States
    Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown

    Richard Roundtree reunites with director Gordon Parks for this sequel to their trendsetting Blaxploitation landmark SHAFT. New York City private detective John Shaft (Roundtree) gets a pred...