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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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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

Gus Mascola: Oh, honey, you sure were right about that water bed. Wow!
Mascola's Girl: I thought you'd dig that, baby.
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Connections

Referenced in Captain Sharif: Rendez-vous mortels (2015) See more »

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Don't Misunderstand
Lyrics and Music by Gordon Parks
Sung by O.C. Smith
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A bit disappointing but Roundtree is still super cool.
20 January 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I'm not sure what went wrong with this sequel to 'Shaft'. Once again Gordon Parks directs, Ernest Tidyman writes and Richard Roundtree stars, but there's something missing. It isn't anywhere near as entertaining as the original and the story is very thin and padded out. The score isn't as good either. Isaac Hayes only contributes one number, Parks himself does the rest. Moses Gunn and Drew Bundini Brown reprise their roles as Bumpy and Willy and blaxploitation fave Julius W. Harris ('Superfly', 'Black Caesar') appears as a cop who forms an uneasy alliance of sorts with Shaft. Also check out future soap star Joseph Mascolo as a clarinet playing mobster called, er, Mascolo and Joe Santos later of 'The Rockford Files' as his right hand man. Richard Roundtree is still super cool as John Shaft and he helps make this movie to be fairly enjoyable. Personally I prefer the third in the series 'Shaft In Africa' to this, but if the truth be told neither sequel is a patch on the original which in an undisputed blaxploitation classic and essential viewing for any 70s buff.


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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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Budget:

$1,978,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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