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Shaft's Big Score! (1972)

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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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You liked it before, so he's back with more See more »


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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

Johnny Kelly: We made a deal.
Gus Mascola: And I just called it off. You see, Mr. Kelly, I made a sort of a house call with Mr. Shaft. It didn't work out so well. It cost me a dead second cousin and a friend's kid brother with two hits in the chest.
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Referenced in Cherif: Désaccords majeurs (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Type Thang
Composed and Performed by Isaac Hayes
Courtesy Enterprise Records
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Inferior sequel and poorly plotted.

The 1971 film of "Shaft" helped to save "M.G.M" from facing bankruptcy, so naturally they commissioned a follow-up movie. Titled "Shafts Big Score" and released in 1972, the plot is what defeats this film. The scenes look as though they were hastily thrown together with no sense of continuity. I could hardly decipher what was happening from one scene to the next and I know I'm not alone here. The action scenes aren't bad but they can't compensate for a narrative that is very weak in its structure. For some reason which is only known to a handful of people, a further "Shaft" film was made!


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