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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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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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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

Cigarette Girl: Cigarette?
Shaft: No, thank you. What else can you help me with?
Cigarette Girl: Well, I'm off at four o'clock.
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Connections

Referenced in Vengeance of the Zombies (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Blowin' Your Mind (Theme from Shaft's Big Score!)
Lyrics and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith
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Richard Roundtree-Shaft battling bad guys and again directed by Gordon Parks
16 September 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The second outing concerns about Shaft , the African-American independent eye-private . This time confronts sinister mobsters , battling black (again Bumpy, Moses Gunn) and white (Mascolo , Joe Santos) gangs . Fiercy Shaft finds a dead friend , a brother his sweet-girl , he ran under legitimate business , a funeral home and all types of insurances , however he hid stakes issues in Queens . Two-fisted Shaft in order to avenge his friend , vows revenge and investigates the deeds . Meanwhile , a police captain (Julius Harris) suspects on Shaft . Extremely tough Shaft spontaneously encounters himself in the middle of a bands war and running afoul of the underworld .

This one features thrills , hair-raising suspense , raw energy , nudism, adult subject matter and lots of violence . Plenty of intrigue, kinky sex and noisy action ; Shaft keeps things moving along , until final fight on a pier with a breathtaking pursuit by helicopter . Violent , tough screenplay by Stirling Shilliphant based on characters created by Ernest Tidyman . Great and enjoyable musical score by the same director Gordon Parks in Isaac Hayes style , recently deceased. Hayes's theme song stills resonates today .

Followed by superior third part 'Shaft in Africa (John Guillermin)' with Vonetta McGee and Frank Finlay ; besides contemporary and revisionist version by John Singleton (2000) with Samuel L. Jackson and as secondary Richard Roundtree as Shaft's uncle . Furthermore , seven television episodes (1973 , 74 years) starred by Roundtree . The Shaft series turned out to be one the best black films from the early 70s.


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