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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

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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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THE Brother Man in the Motherland. See more »


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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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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

Shortly before he boards the ship for France, Shaft is involved in a fight in which his right hand is severely bitten by his opponent, drawing quite a bit of blood. Yet when he boards the ship, his right hand is completely wound free. See more »

Quotes

Cusset: The law will punish him, Monsieur.
Shaft: F*ck the law! What is the law doing about the sh*theads who charge a hundred francs a month to stay in a crap house like this. Why don't you really clamp down on the slave trade? I'll tell you why. Because the black ghettos of Paris is as far away from the Champs Elysees as 125th Street is from Park Avenue! You need a bunch of po' bastards to work on your roads and your god damn kitchens! So, don't lay any of that law will punish 'em sh*t on me!
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Are You Man Enough
Sung by The Four Tops (as Four Tops)
Words and Music by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
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That Shaft character is one violent cat!
18 June 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Let's face it, none of the Shaft movies are exactly masterpieces but the character Shaft surely is a classic, who delivers some classic one-liners.

In this Shaft 'adventure' the creators obviously wanted to manifest Shaft as the African-American answer to the successful James Bond franchise. For most parts they actually succeeded in this. Shaft is even more sexist than James Bond and he surely is more violent. The violence is not always tasteful at times however.

The story is told messy at times. The action sequences seem to come out of nowhere and are simply just pointless at times. Also the weak editing doesn't help much.

I however wouldn't had mind it having seen more Shaft movies being made. Unfortunately this was the last (unless you also count the 2000 "Shaft" version). The Shaft movies have a certain hip 70's atmosphere, which I like and the main character is reason enough to watch a Shaft movie.

Great character, weak storytelling.

6/10

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