When spoiled college kid Walter Wade (Christian Bale) kills a young black student, John Shaft (Jackson) makes the arrest. Walter skips bail and flees the country, and after two years of waiting, Shaft hauls him back into custody as Walter secretly returns to the States. But when Walter's wealthy father posts bail once again, Walter is back out on the streets and looking to put Shaft in a body bag. So are two of Shaft's corrupt colleagues (Dan Hedaya and Ruben Santiago-Hudson) as well as a Dominican drug lord (Jeffrey Wright) who wants revenge on Shaft for humiliating him in the neighborhood he rules.
- John Singleton.....Director
- Samuel L. Jackson.....John Shaft
- Vanessa Williams.....Carmen Vasquez
- Jeffrey Wright.....Peoples Hernandez
- Christian Bale.....Walter Wade, Jr.
- Busta Rhymes.....Rasaan
- Dan Hedaya.....Jack Roselli