Shaft's Big Score
|Shaft's Big Score!|
Original theatrical release poster by John Solie
|Directed by||Gordon Parks|
|Produced by||Roger Lewis
|Written by||Ernest Tidyman|
|Based on||characters created by
Drew Bundini Brown
|Music by||Gordon Parks|
|Editing by||Harry Howard|
|Distributed by||MGM (original)
Warner Bros. (DVD)
|Running time||104 min.|
Shaft's Big Score! is a 1972 action film directed by Gordon Parks. It is the second entry in the trilogy starring Richard Roundtree as the private-eye John Shaft. Ernest Tidyman once more supplied the screenplay. The first film's composer Isaac Hayes was unavailable, so Parks, the returning director, did the score himself. The film was produced on a budget of $1,978,000.
While New York is never at a loss for criminal activity, things take a turn for the worse when the corrupt co-owner of a funeral parlor and insurance agency kills his partner, a personal friend of John Shaft, only to discover that the money he was planning to steal to pay his gambling debts is missing. He makes a deal with the mobster he owes (Joseph Mascolo) to split the business but also makes the same deal with crime lord Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn). The bullets start flying when the hoods find they've been played against each other, and Shaft is forced to clean up the mess.
- Richard Roundtree as John Shaft
- Moses Gunn as Bumpy Jonas
- Drew Bundini Brown as Willy
- Joseph Mascolo as Gus Mascola
- Kathy Imrie as Rita
- Wally Taylor as Johnny Kelly
- Julius Harris as Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
- Rosalind Miles as Arna Asby
- Joe Santos as Pascal
It earned estimated North American rentals of $4 million.
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- "Updated All-time Film Champs", Variety, 9 January 1974 p 60
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