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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.

Director:

Gordon Parks

Writer:

Ernest Tidyman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft
Moses Gunn ... Bumpy Jonas
Drew Bundini Brown Drew Bundini Brown ... Willy
Joseph Mascolo ... Gus Mascola
Kathy Imrie Kathy Imrie ... Rita
Wally Taylor Wally Taylor ... Johnny Kelly
Julius Harris ... Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
Rosalind Miles Rosalind Miles ... Arna Asby
Joe Santos ... Pascal
Angelo Gnazzo Angelo Gnazzo ... Al (as Angelo Nazzo)
Don Blakely ... Johnson
Melvin Green Jr. Melvin Green Jr. ... Junior Gillis
Thomas Anderson Thomas Anderson ... Preacher
Evelyn Davis Evelyn Davis ... Old Lady
Richard Pittman Richard Pittman ... Kelly's Hood #1
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Storyline

When Shaft finds out that a dead friend ran a numbers racket out of his legitimate business and left $200,000 unaccounted for, he knows why he has suddenly found himself in the middle of a war between rival thugs. These goons are all trying to take over the territory of the dead man as well as get their hands on the missing 200 grand. Shaft has all he can handle trying to track down the money and, at the same time, keep his friend's sister from the clutches of the hoods. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Bamboo See more »

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Gross USA:

$10,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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

Rita: Hey, is that snow?
Shaft: It sho ain't cotton.
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Connections

Followed by Shaft in Africa (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Move On In
Lyrics and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith'
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I dug it.
3 April 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Just recently, I've been yearning for some quality blaxploitation, but have lucked out with my last couple of choices: TNT Jackson was a completely dreadful Coffy wannabe and The Black Cobra, starring Fred Williamson, wasn't even a proper blaxploitation (that'll teach me not to do my homework first). This time around, I was more careful with my selection: Shaft is the cool cat who never disappoints (just ask the long line of ladies he leaves in his wake!).

In this, his second adventure, the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks (once again played by Richard Roundtree) becomes involved in a gang war after an old friend is blown to pieces by a bomb. As John Shaft sets about settling the score with the killers, he gets sexy with a few hot mamas, proves tasty with his fists, blows away some bad guys (resulting in some nice 'n' bloody gunshot wounds), uncovers a hidden stash of cash, drives a speedboat at high speed and shoots a helicopter out of the sky. It's not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but it is hugely entertaining, with great characters and winning performances all round, some impressively mounted action sequences (the bigger budget really shows), several pretty ladies jiggling their bits around, and that all important funky score.


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