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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
Spiros Focás Spiros Focás ... 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

Shaft is nude while stick fighting with Oziot during the beginning of the film, yet Shaft can be seen wearing blue sweat pants in one shot. See more »

Quotes

Jazar: [Shaft takes off his pants] My God!
Shaft: Baby, my nose may not be too prominent. But, I got two of the longest, thickest thumbs.
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Follows Shaft (1971) 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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John Shaft goes James Bond is this final entry in the Shaft series.
16 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

The second movie in the Shaft series ('Shaft's Big Score!') was a big disappointment being a tired retread of the dynamic first Shaft movie, a film which basically created the blaxploitation boom of the early 1970s. 'Shaft In Africa' sees director Gordon Parks and creator/writer Ernest Tidyman replaced by John Guillermin and Stirling Silliphant, a safer more Hollywood team which would hit pay dirt the following year with 'The Towering Inferno'. It doesn't have much of a blaxploitation feel to it, it's more of a James Bond thing with a black Bond, but that's okay, it's entertaining enough, and a definite improvement on the lacklustre 'Shaft's Big Score!' Richard Roundtree once again plays super cool private dick John Shaft. This time he is coerced into going undercover in Africa to try and break a slavery ring run by the evil Amafi (Frank Finlay). Roundtree is one cool mutha, and this movie features more sex and violence than the others, so it's easy to watch. Vonetta McGee ('Hammer', 'Blacula') plays Shaft's main love interest, but he also finds time to bed Amafi's sexy and amoral mistress Jazar (Neda Arneric) along the way. It's a pity that there weren't more Shaft movies after this as you could see the series having a lot of life left in it. Instead Richard Roundtree made a TV series which lasted a couple of years, and then his career started to slide into obscurity. By the 1980s he was mostly playing supporting cop roles in dumb action movies. Why this happened is anybody's guess as Roundtree was, along with Fred Williamson, the coolest and most charismatic of the 1970s blaxploitation stars. Both actors deserved a lot more mainstream success.


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