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Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  8 June 1972 (USA)
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Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

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Drew Bundini Brown ...
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Gus Mascola
Kathy Imrie ...
Rita
Wally Taylor ...
Johnny Kelly
Julius Harris ...
Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
Rosalind Miles ...
Arna Asby
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Pascal
Angelo Gnazzo ...
Al (as Angelo Nazzo)
Don Blakely ...
Johnson
Melvin Green Jr. ...
Junior Gillis
Thomas Anderson ...
Preacher
Evelyn Davis ...
Old Lady
Richard Pittman ...
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Storyline

When Shaft finds out that a dead friend ran a numbers racket out of his legitimate business and left $200,000 unaccounted for, he knows why he has suddenly found himself in the middle of a war between rival thugs. These goons are all trying to take over the territory of the dead man as well as get their hands on the missing 200 grand. Shaft has all he can handle trying to track down the money and, at the same time, keep his friend's sister from the clutches of the hoods. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Trivia

The shotgun used by John Shaft in the last part of the film is the High Standard HS-10B designed circa 1970, originally a law enforcement only firearm. See more »

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In one scene, the rotor-blades of a helicopter just finish winding down. In the next several scenes, the rotor-blades are still rotating. See more »

Quotes

Shaft: [carrying a semi-automatic shotgun] Drop the guns and freeze! When this baby starts kicking, it won't stop. So, nobody get cute!
[a thug goes for his gun and Shaft blows him away]
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Connections

Followed by Shaft in Africa (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Misunderstand
Lyrics and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by 'O.C. Smith'
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User Reviews

 
Richard Roundtree-Shaft battling bad guys and again directed by Gordon Parks
16 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

The second outing concerns about Shaft , the African-American independent eye-private. This time confronts sinister mobsters, battling black(again Bumpy, Moses Gunn) and white(Mascolo, Joe Santos) gangs. Fiercy Shaft finds a dead friend , a brother his sweet-girl, he ran under legitimate business, a funeral home and all types of insurances, however he hid a stakes issues in Queens . Two-fisted Shaft in order to avenge the friend, vows revenge and investigates the deeds. Meanwhile a police captain(Julius Harris) suspects on Shaft. Extremely tough Shaft spontaneously encounters himself in the middle of a bands war and running afoul of the underworld.

This one features thrills, hair-raising suspense,raw energy, nudism, adult subject matter and lots of violence. Plenty of intrigue, kinky sex and noisy action; Shaft keeps things moving along , until final fight in a pier with a breathtaking pursuit by a helicopter. Violent, tough screenplay by Stirling Shilliphant based on characters created by Ernest Tidyman. Great and enjoyable musical score by the same director Gordon Parks with an Isaac Hayes style, sadly recently deceased. Hayes's theme song stills resonates today.

Followed by superior third part 'Shaft in Africa(John Guillermin)'with Vonetta McGee, besides contemporary and revisionist version by John Singleton(2000) with Samuel L. Jackson and as secondary Richard Roundtree as Shaft's uncle. Furthermore seven television episodes (1973, 74 years)starred by Roundtree .The Shaft series turn out to be one the best black films from the early 70s.


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