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Shaft in Africa (1973)

 -  Action | Adventure | Crime  -  14 June 1973 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Amafi
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Neda Arneric ...
Jazar
Debebe Eshetu ...
Wassa
Spiros Focás ...
Sassari (as Spiros Focas)
Jacques Herlin ...
Perreau
Jho Jhenkins ...
Ziba
Willie Jonah ...
Oyo
Adolfo Lastretti ...
Piro
Marne Maitland ...
Col. Gonder
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Osiat
Zenebech Tadesse ...
The Prostitute
A.V. Falana ...
Ramila's Son
James E. Myers ...
Williams
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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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THE Brother Man in the Motherland. See more »


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O Shaft htypa stin Afriki  »

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Shortly before he boards the ship for France, Shaft is involved in a fight in which his right hand is severely bitten by his opponent, drawing quite a bit of blood. Yet when he boards the ship, his right hand is completely wound free. See more »

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Amafi: Listen, Mr. Wassa. I don't love this young lady. I don't even particularly like her. But she's the only person in the world I've ever found who can get it up for me.
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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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That Shaft character is one violent cat!
18 June 2005 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, none of the Shaft movies are exactly masterpieces but the character Shaft surely is a classic, who delivers some classic one-liners.

In this Shaft 'adventure' the creators obviously wanted to manifest Shaft as the African-American answer to the successful James Bond franchise. For most parts they actually succeeded in this. Shaft is even more sexist than James Bond and he surely is more violent. The violence is not always tasteful at times however.

The story is told messy at times. The action sequences seem to come out of nowhere and are simply just pointless at times. Also the weak editing doesn't help much.

I however wouldn't had mind it having seen more Shaft movies being made. Unfortunately this was the last (unless you also count the 2000 "Shaft" version). The Shaft movies have a certain hip 70's atmosphere, which I like and the main character is reason enough to watch a Shaft movie.

Great character, weak storytelling.

6/10

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