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Shaft in Africa (1973)

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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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John Guillermin

Writers:

Ernest Tidyman (characters), Stirling Silliphant
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft
Frank Finlay ... Amafi
Vonetta McGee ... Aleme
Neda Arneric Neda Arneric ... Jazar
Debebe Eshetu ... Wassa
Spyros Fokas ... Sassari (as Spiros Focas)
Jacques Herlin ... Perreau
Jho Jhenkins Jho Jhenkins ... Ziba
Willie Jonah Willie Jonah ... Oyo
Adolfo Lastretti ... Piro
Marne Maitland ... Col. Gonder
Frank McRae ... Osiat
Zenebech Tadesse Zenebech Tadesse ... The Prostitute
Avelio Falana Avelio Falana ... Ramila's Son (as A.V. Falana)
James E. Myers James E. Myers ... Williams
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Wanna see Shaft again? This time bring yo' momma. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Shaft htypa stin Afriki See more »

Filming Locations:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,142,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,458,000, 31 December 1973
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"James Bond" is mentioned when Shaft is seeing his weapons. A number of actors in this film have also appeared in the James Bond 007 films, Marne Maitland appeared in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Frank McRae appeared in Licence to Kill (1989), and Nadim Sawalha appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, a man is executed. The executioner points a gun at him, point blank. The gun has a long silencer attached to it. With each of the three shots fired, we hear a loud bang, as if the silencer wasn't there. See more »

Quotes

Parking Garage Attendent: Hey, some Africans are lookin' for you, brother.
Shaft: I don't know any Africans, brother.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) See more »

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Shaft In Africa
Composed, arranged and Orchestra conducted by Johnny Pate
Produced by Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri
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Third entry in Shaft-Roundtree series with lots of action and violence
9 August 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This violent Shaft (Richard Roundtree) entry begins when he's obligated by threats to pull off a dangerous mission . He must go undercover to Ethiopia . In Addis Abeba , Shaft assumes the identity a native , as he's accompanied by a beautiful African young (Voneta McGee) . His work is to break up a slave trade ring whose origin encounters in Paris and ruled by a tyrannical mobster (Frank Finlay) and his hoodlums (Aldo Sambrell) who are exploiting the immigrants in chain-gang employments and minimum wage . The private-eye eliminates anyone who stands in his aim , battling a variety of nasties and keeping things moving along until the final confrontation into the Château of Montfort .

This thrilling picture packs noisy action , violent fights , brutal killings , nudism and results to be quite amusing . The movie is plenty of suspense , thriller , intrigue , adventures and kinky sex , as usual . Strong , raw screenplay by Stirling Shilliphant (habitual of Irwin Allen's catastrophe movies : Towering inferno , Poseidon , Swarm) and based on the characters created by Ernest Tdyman (French Connection) . Richard Roundtree is good as Shaft , his females are Voneta Mcgee with a wide career in blaxploitation genre and being a distinguished secondary ; besides , Neda Armeric , a Serbian actress ,she was recently elected for Serbian Parliament but she withdrew politics after scandal when her vote were registered in Parliament while she was on summer holidays . Colorful as well as evocative cinematography ; most of the scenes in Africa were shot in Ethiopia . The motion picture was professionally directed by John Guillermin , a known author of disaster movies (Towering inferno , Skyjacked , King Kong). The result is an entertaining entry for action enthusiasts and blaxploitation fans with lots of violence , adult issues and profanities . This third outing (the first titled ¨Shaft¨ and the second ¨Big score¨ by Gordon Parks) is followed by seven TV episodes (1973,1974) and 2000 version by John Singleton with Samuel L. Jackson .


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