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Directed by Christopher St. John • 1972 • United States
Starring Christopher St. John, Paula Kelly, Florence St. Peter
Christopher St. John (SHAFT) wrote, produced, directed, and stars in this unique, unsung blend of psychological thriller and Afrofuturist fantasy. George (St. John) is a police officer in Washington, D.C., who struggles to find his place both within the largely white institution of the force and within a Black community that distrusts cops. When he is passed over for a promotion, it pushes George over the edge, leading him on a violent personal crusade against criminals punctuated by feverish psychedelic dream visions.