Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Bundini Brown ...
Gus Mascola
Kathy Imrie ...
Wally Taylor ...
Johnny Kelly
Julius Harris ...
Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
Rosalind Miles ...
Arna Asby
Angelo Gnazzo ...
Al (as Angelo Nazzo)
Don Blakely ...
Melvin Green Jr. ...
Junior Gillis
Thomas Anderson ...
Evelyn Davis ...
Old Lady
Richard Pittman ...
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8 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Shaft: Do you just sit around and think these things up, or do they just come to you in a flash?
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Referenced in Not Now Darling (1973) See more »


Don't Misunderstand
Lyrics and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith'
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A bit disappointing but Roundtree is still super cool.
20 January 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure what went wrong with this sequel to 'Shaft'. Once again Gordon Parks directs, Ernest Tidyman writes and Richard Roundtree stars, but there's something missing. It isn't anywhere near as entertaining as the original and the story is very thin and padded out. The score isn't as good either. Isaac Hayes only contributes one number, Parks himself does the rest. Moses Gunn and Drew Bundini Brown reprise their roles as Bumpy and Willy and blaxploitation fave Julius W. Harris ('Superfly', 'Black Caesar') appears as a cop who forms an uneasy alliance of sorts with Shaft. Also check out future soap star Joseph Mascolo as a clarinet playing mobster called, er, Mascolo and Joe Santos later of 'The Rockford Files' as his right hand man. Richard Roundtree is still super cool as John Shaft and he helps make this movie to be fairly enjoyable. Personally I prefer the third in the series 'Shaft In Africa' to this, but if the truth be told neither sequel is a patch on the original which in an undisputed blaxploitation classic and essential viewing for any 70s buff.

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