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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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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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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

During the stick fight, dialogue indicates that Shaft is supposed to be entirely naked, but on occasion he can be seen to be wearing a pouch. See more »

Quotes

Shaft: What's this - slave jive?
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Connections

Referenced in Lloyd: I Did It All for the Dookie (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Shaft In Africa
Composed, arranged and Orchestra conducted by Johnny Pate
Produced by Brian Potter, Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri
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The name's Shaft… John Shaft.
4 April 2015 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Shaft's previous adventure, Shaft's Big Score, ended with a James Bond style high speed chase scene involving cars, a speedboat and a helicopter, with lots of shooting and explosions; this, the third and final outing for Richard Roundtree's private investigator, sees our super-cool hero recruited to go undercover in Africa to break up a slavery ring, and is even more like a Bond movie, featuring an international mission, an evil villain (played with relish by Frank Finlay), high-tech gadgetry, sexy women, and a finale that sees an assault on the baddies' French château fortress.

Although undeniably more comic book in nature than the previous two Shaft movies, Shaft in Africa remains very adult in nature, with a high level of nudity, sex and violence as Shaft beats, kills and shags his way across the dark continent towards Europe. Some of the more explicit content includes a rather frank conversation about female circumcision, the senseless death of an innocent pooch, and villain Amafi's nymphomaniac girlfriend Jazar (Neda Arneric) becoming sexually aroused while watching black workmen digging up a road (she also questions Shaft about the size of his phallus, who eventually satisfies her curiosity by shagging her).

Directed with zest by John Guillerman, a film-maker well versed in African adventures (he previously helmed two Tarzan movies and war movie Guns at Batasi, and would go on to make Sheena Queen of the Jungle), Shaft in Africa is a fun film that moves along at a more than reasonable pace with plenty of action. It is, however, a far cry from the seedy world of pimps, pushers and prostitutes that one usually associates with the blaxploitation genre. As such, it failed to satisfy existing fans of the character, was a failure at the box office, and signalled the end of the franchise.


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