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Shaft No one younger than 18 may see an 18 film in a cinema.

Adults should be free to choose their own entertainment. Exceptions are most likely in the following areas:

  • where the material is in breach of the criminal law, or has been created through the commission of a criminal offence
  • where material or treatment appears to us to risk harm to individuals or, through their behaviour, to society. For example, the detailed portrayal of violent or dangerous acts, or of illegal drug use, which may cause harm to public health or morals. This may include portrayals of sadistic violence, rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour
  • which make this violence look appealing; reinforce the suggestion that victims enjoy rape or other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour; or which invite viewer complicity in rape, other non-consensual sexually violent behaviour or other harmful violent activities
  • where there are more explicit images of sexual activity in the context of a sex work (see right) In the case of video works, which may be more accessible to younger viewers, intervention may be more frequent than for cinema films.


 99 minutes (1 hours 39 minutes)
UK release date Released: 15th September 2000  |  BBFC Age Rating:  Shaft 18 age rating
US release date Released: 16th June 2000

Directed by


Samuel L. Jackson
John Shaft
Vanessa Williams
Carmen Vasquez
Jeffrey Wright
Peoples Hernandez
Walter Wade, Jr.
Busta Rhymes
Dan Hedaya
Jack Roselli
Toni Collette
Diane Palmieri
Richard Roundtree
Uncle John Shaft
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Jimmy Groves
Josef Sommer
Curt Fleming
Lynne Thigpen
Carla Howard
Philip Bosco
Walter Wade, Sr.
Pat Hingle
Hon. Dennis Bradford
Lee Tergesen
Daniel von Bargen
Lt. Kearney
Francisco Coqui Taveras
Sonja Sohn
Peter McRobbie
Lt. Cromartie
Zach Grenier
Harrison Loeb
Richard Cocchiaro
Frank Palmieri
Ron Castellano
Mike Palmieri
Freddie Ricks
Big Raymond
Sixto Ramos
Andre Royo
Richard Barboza
Mekhi Phifer
Trey Howard
Gano Grills
Catherine Kellner
Philip Rudolph
Uniform Sergeant
Angela Pietropinto
Mrs. Ann Palmieri
Joe Quintero
Assistant D.A. Hector Torres
Lanette Ware
Stu Large Riley
Mark Zeisler
D.A. Andrew Nicoli
Capital Jay
Bonz Malone
Henry G. Thomas
Malik's Crew
Brian Oswald Talbot
Malik's Crew
Preston Thomas
Malik's Crew
Marshall T. Broughton
Malik's Crew
Ann Ducati
Aunt Toni DeCarlo
Lisa Cooley
News Anchor
Trey's Friend
Scott Lucy
Trey's Friend
Chris Orr
Walter's Friend
Christopher Orr
Walter's Friend
Evan Farmer
Walter's Friend
Will Chase
Walter's Friend
Jeff Branson
Walter's Friend
Jerome Preston Bates
Desk Sergeant
John Elsen
Uniform Cop in Metronome
Nadine Mozon
Abused Woman
Lawrence Taylor
Caprice Benedetti
John Cunningham
Louie Leonardo
Tony Rhune
Fidel Vicioso
F. Valentino Morales
Myron Primes
Young Blood
Young Blood
Travis Brandon Rosa
Fighting Boy
Matthew Wallace
Fighting Boy
Luis Torres
Fat Man
John Wojda
Construction Worker
Ahmed Al-Khan
Bystander at Metronome
Amer Al-Khan
Bystander at Metronome
Rashid Feleyfel
Bystander at Metronome
Gordon Parks
Lenox Lounge Patron
Joan Baker
Uncle John Shaft's Girlfriend
William H. Burns
Arresting Officer
Gabe Castillo
Nicholas J. Coleman
Bystander at Metronome
Johanna Estevez
Todd Fredericks
Bystander at Metronome
Carson Grant
Police Officer
Mary Ann Hannon
Walter Wade's Housekeeper
Isaac Hayes
Mr. P
Doug Hutchison
Plane Door Opener
Deacon Ledges
Deirdre Lovejoy
Police Officer
Carl Low
Dominican #5
John E. Mack
Selena Mars
Riley G. Matthews Jr.
Desk & Cell Officer
Thomas Mejia
Peoples Crew
Mercedes Mercado
Dorian Missick
Young Man
Kevin O'Donnell
Club Kid
Nik Pjeternikaj
Gloria Reuben
Sgt. Council
Roman Rivera
Dawn Robinson
Lenox Lounge Patron
Christina Rouner
Lenox Lounge Patron
Mustafa Shakir
Cue Shepherd
Sexy Girl
John Singleton
Bored Cop with Tea Cup
Peter Stickles
Mickey Hunt
Al Thompson
Lou Torres
Marc Yarrish
TV Anchor

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UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: 18
UK Box Office Release Breakdown
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Highest chart position: 3

Weeks on box office: 4

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The Men In Black are back and hit the top of the global box office on their debut weekend of release leaving X-Men: Dark Phoenix to drop from the top after only a week.

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Men In Black International

The series started way back in 1997 and over 20 years later we get the fourth film with new stars and an international setting.

Unfortunately the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth starring movie has not done nearly as well as the previous film and globally grosses $102.2 million from 57 countries on its debut.


Its been a bit of a slow burner but the Will Smith starring Disney live action film is still at 2 with a global take of $64.2 million from 56 countries.

This pushes the films total gross to a very acceptable $724.8 million after 4 weeks of release.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

After making its debut at the top last week the X-Men film falls to number 3 this week with $33.2 million from 56 countries.

The film has now taken a global gross of $204.2 million afer 2 weeks.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2

The animated movie takes $32.2 million from 37 countries this weekend for a total gross of $154.5 million after 4 weeks of release.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

The Godzilla sequel takes $22 million from a whopping 80 countries this weekend and is at 5 on the global box office, the films total gross is $339.4 after 3 weeks of release.


The Samual L. Jackson film is the second highest new film this week at number 9 with a global gross of $8.3 million from a single country of release.

Avengers: Endgame

The Marvel movie is struggling to beat Avatar and this week sits at number 12 on the box office with a total gross of $2.742 million.

It has been announced that the film will be pushed at the cinemas again next week with an extra bonus added to the film, it might just be enough to push it past Avatar.

After a break of 7 years the Men in Black are back and top the box office on their debut weekend dropping The Life Of Pets 2 down to number 2 on its second weekend of release.

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Men In Black: Internation

The Men in Black return with new faces but similar aliens to a first weekend gross of $28.5 million after fairly unfavourable reviews but fairly good word of mouth.

The film stars Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth back together again after Thor and Avengers: Engame.

Director F. Gary Gray takes over from original director Barry Sonnenfield and does a good job of brining a new spin to the over 20 year old ideas of the original movie.

This is the lowest debut of the series to date which doesn't bode well for the future box office success of the film.

The Secret Life Of Pets 2

After making its debut at the top of the US box office last weekend the film falls to number 2 this week with a $23.8 million gross.

This pushes the films total US gross to $92 million after 2 weeks of release.

Avengers: Endgame


Still in the top 5 after 4 weeks of release is the Disney live action movie which takes 16.7 million this weekend and sits at number 3.

The films total gross is now at $263.4 million.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

After making its debbut at number 2 last weekend the latest X-Men movie falls to number 4 this weekend with just $9 million pushing the films total 2 week gross to $51.7 million.


Still in the top 5, at 5, after 3 weeks of release is the Elton John film which takes $8.8 million for a $66.1 million total US gross.


Second highest new film of the week is Samuel L Jacksons movie which enters the box office at 6 with a $8.3 million gross.

Avengers: Endgame

8 weeks on and the Marvel movie is still on the US box office, this weeks its at number 11 and its total gross is $830.5 million.

This week saw the true event film Everest climb to the summit of the box office charts on its debut week of release.

A £3.1 million opening gross, including previews, saw the film get to the top of the box office, although previews saw a large proportion of this.

Last weeks top film, Legend, had a small fall this week into the number 2 spot with £2.4 million over the weekend and nearly £10 million in total after 10 days of release.

Also making a first appearance on the chart this week is A Walk in the Woods at number 7 and Bill at number 8.

Highest total grossing film on the chart this week is Inside Out which has now grossed an incredible £37.6 million.

Historical charts

A year ago
The Boxtrolls retained its position at the top of the box office while A Walk Among The Tombstones was highest at 2.

Five years ago
The Other Guys was the top new film of the week at the top knocking Resident Evil: Afterlife down to number 3.

Ten years ago
Pride and Prejudice made its debut at the top of the box office leaving The Longest Yard to fall from the top to number 2.<> Fifteen years ago
Scary Movie stayed on top of the chart while Shaft was the highest new film making its debut at number 3.

Twenty years ago
Braveheart was too strong to be knocked off the top on its second week on the chart meaning highest new film was at number 2 for The Bridges of Madison County.

Twenty Five years ago
Memphis Belle remained on top of the box office while Robocop 2 was the top film entering at number 2.