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Shaft's Big Score! -- 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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Release Date:
8 June 1972 (USA) See more »
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A brand new caper. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Roundtree is great as Shaft. That's all... See more (20 total) »

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)
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Directed by
Gordon Parks 
 
Writing credits
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Ernest Tidyman 

Produced by
David Golden .... associate producer
Roger Lewis .... producer
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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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | 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:What are you buzzards doing here?
Bumpy Jonas:Well, well. Ha. We go to a lot of funerals, Shaft, Willy and me. One day, we'll drop in on yours.
Willy:Real soon.
Shaft:You're not invited.
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Referenced in The Hateful Eight (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
Move On InSee more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Roundtree is great as Shaft. That's all..., 6 August 2000
Author: lawrence-14 from London

Gordon Parks' sequel to his 1971 blaxplotation success seems to fall short of the popularity and status of the original. But, as the hyped update with Samuel L Jackson is on the way, Shaft's Big Score and the next film, Shaft In Africa, may become more well-known.

To be honest, I made my Shaft debut with Big Score. The hype over the new film made me eager to see the original but i had to settle with this sequel. For all the excitement, I was truly dissapointed but i am going to refuse to judge the original, Shaft In Africa and the Jackson update by this film's standards.

Richard Roundtree returns as John Shaft, the supercool black detective, quick with words and quick with a gun. The opening sequence sees him speeding towards the place of a friend who knows he is about to get murdered. We see some money being hidden, so we ourselves try and figure what it's all about. Shaft doesn't make it on time but he takes over the case.

What follows is a detective thriller that never explains itself well and confuses the audience even though at the end of the day, the plot - Shaft looking for his deceased friend's hidden money which is sought after by gangsters - is simple. At most times, the violence and language is unecessary but despite how excessive these things are, no real tension arises between the characters - they just swear at them and beat them up. No edge arises in the plot so there are no scenes which feature suspense. Finally, when the climax comes it starts out as a simple graveyard shoot-up but ends up on a dock-side building site complete with boats, helicopters, etc. It's spectacularly over-the-top and ridicously overlong and again there's no excitement.

The only thing that kept me watching really was Roundtree. He's great as Shaft and has a real strong presence. Actually, Roundtree makes Shaft come across a nice guy but can easily toughen him up and make his brutality come out. The supporting cast features no one famous but no one gives a bad peformance.

So, Shaft's Big Score is a big let down. But I advise you (and myself) to check out more of Shaft's adventures, as the hero has the potential and status to feature in thrillers a lot more satisfying than this.

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