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June 22, 2000 | GENE SEYMOUR, NEWSDAY
Though the new "Shaft" movie credits cite Ernest Tidyman's original novel as a source, John Singleton's adaptation bears about as much resemblance to that 1970 book as the Tom Cruise "Mission: Impossible" movies have to the original TV series that aired on CBS from 1966 to 1973. Which amplifies just how much Tidyman, of all those who had a hand in creating the "Shaft" phenomenon, arguably has become the most neglected.
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