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Release Date:
8 June 1972 (USA) See more »
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A brand new caper. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft

Moses Gunn ... Bumpy Jonas
Drew Bundini Brown ... Willy

Joseph Mascolo ... Gus Mascola
Kathy Imrie ... Rita
Wally Taylor ... Johnny Kelly
Julius Harris ... Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
Rosalind Miles ... Arna Asby

Joe Santos ... Pascal
Angelo Gnazzo ... Al (as Angelo Nazzo)
Don Blakely ... Johnson
Melvin Green Jr. ... Junior Gillis
Thomas Anderson ... Preacher
Evelyn Davis ... Old Lady
Richard Pittman ... Kelly's Hood #1

Robert Kya-Hill ... Cal Asby
Thomas Brann ... Mascola's Hood
Bob Jefferson ... Harrison
Dan Hannafin ... Cooper (as Dan P. Hannafin)
Jimmy Hayeson ... Caretaker
Henry Ferrentino ... Det. Salmi
Frank Scioscia ... Rip
Kitty Jones ... Cabaret Dancer
Gregory Reese ... Foglio
Marilyn Hamlin ... Mascola's Girl
Cihangir Gaffari ... Jerry (as John Foster)
Joyce Walker ... Cigarette Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Foster

Gordon Parks ... Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernest Tidyman 

Produced by
David Golden .... associate producer
Roger H. Lewis .... producer (as Roger Lewis)
Ernest Tidyman .... producer
Stirling Silliphant .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Gordon Parks 
 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer 
 
Film Editing by
Moe Howard  (as Harry Howard)
 
Casting by
Judith Lamb 
 
Art Direction by
Emanuel Gerard 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi  (as Joe Aulisi)
 
Makeup Department
Martin Bell .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Hart .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Bost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Robert Rogow .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
 
Stunts
Alex Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Marvin Walters .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator (as Ronald Lautore)
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tom McIntosh .... music supervisor
Dale L. Anderson .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Colin J. Bailey .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Larry Bunker .... musician: drums (uncredited)
David H. Cohen .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Gene Estes .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Wilton Felder .... musician: fender bass (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Clare Fischer .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Caesar Giovannini .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tom McIntosh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joe Pass .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Joe Sample .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walter Burrell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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104 min
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Australia:MA | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:Do you just sit around and think these things up, or do they just come to you in a flash?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Massage Parlor Murders! (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Don't MisunderstandSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Shaft's big blast!, 13 December 2006
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Shaft really was the African-American answer to the popular James Bond franchise. This movie shows this perhaps more than any of the other Shaft movies. Violence, girls, sex, chases, "Shaft's Big Score!" has it all!

By no means any of the Shaft movies are among the greatest of all time. Nevertheless they are extremely memorable thanks to its main character, played by Richard Roundtree. He's hip, digs his women and isn't afraid to hold back when it comes to action. He's a classic and important iconic African-American character from the '70's.

The movie its story and plot lines are a bit messy (in that way this movie also resembles James Bond movies), which also makes the movie unclear and not always totally interesting to follow. The movie also really lacks a good main ruthless villain. The villain in this movie is perhaps introduced a bit too late to really leave his mark on the movie. In that way "Shaft's Big Score!" is a really lacking movie, when it comes down to its story, storytelling and characters.

Thankfully the movie isn't lacking in action and great dialog. Some of the dialog is just brilliant and suits the atmosphere of the movie- and its time period extremely well. Also of course the music adds to this atmosphere. But surprisingly good is also the action in the movie. The movie doesn't really feature that much action but the lack of it is made up during the great finale, that features a good old fashioned typical '70's car chase, boat chase and helicopter chase in one, James Bond style. It's really true that the ending makes up a lot. It makes you forget some of the weaker points of the movie, although in the end "Shaft's Big Score!" is still nothing more than an average action-flick with one great, cool main character.

A good movie featuring the classic character Shaft and some really great action.

6/10

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