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Shaft in Africa (1973)

P.I. John Shaft is recruited to go undercover to break up a modern slavery ring where young Africans are lured to Paris to do chain-gang work.

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Sassari (as Spiros Focas)
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Perreau
Jho Jhenkins ...
Ziba
Willie Jonah ...
Oyo
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Zenebech Tadesse ...
The Prostitute
Avelio Falana ...
Ramila's Son (as A.V. Falana)
James E. Myers ...
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John Shaft is persuaded by threats of physical force, the promise of money, and the lure of a pretty tutor, to assume the identity of a native-speaking itinerant worker in Africa. His job is to help break a racket that is smuggling immigrants into Europe then exploiting them. But the villains have heard that he is on his way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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14 June 1973 (USA)  »

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O Shaft htypa stin Afriki  »

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Most of the Africa scenes were shot in Eritrea. See more »

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Shaft is nude while stick fighting with Oziot during the beginning of the film, yet Shaft can be seen wearing blue sweat pants in one shot. See more »

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Shaft: Look, get your stenographer in here and I'll give her ten minutes. And then I've got things to do.
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Are You Man Enough
Sung by The Four Tops (as Four Tops)
Words and Music by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
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An unworthy sequel
20 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shaft assumes more of the Bond mantle in this film by going undercover to find out who is running the slave trade out of Africa into Europe. However, it really is too much of a stereotype to Shaft and takes away some of what makes him special.

Shaft, Richard Roundtree again, of course, belongs uptown across 110th street. That's his turf, and putting him in a robe with a stick is just too much.

This film just went too far, past where the imagination can stretch, in letting Shaft win. Yes, it was letting Shaft win, as he couldn't possibly have dodged all the attempts made on his life and still have energy to magically bed Vonetta McGee, and Yugoslavian Neda Arneric.

Having said that, there were some very good moments in the film, and it is still worth the time to see Roundtree in action.


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