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Shaft in Africa (1973)

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Private investigator 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. Gondar
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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THE Brother Man in the Motherland. See more »


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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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Budget:

$2,142,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2019, this is the only "Shaft" feature not directed by an African-American. See more »

Goofs

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

Shaft: I was 21 before I found out that isn't is another way of sayin' ain't.
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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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An unworthy sequel
20 July 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Shaft assumes more of the Bond mantle in this film by going undercover to find out who is running the slave trade out of Africa into Europe. However, it really is too much of a stereotype to Shaft and takes away some of what makes him special.

Shaft, Richard Roundtree again, of course, belongs uptown across 110th street. That's his turf, and putting him in a robe with a stick is just too much.

This film just went too far, past where the imagination can stretch, in letting Shaft win. Yes, it was letting Shaft win, as he couldn't possibly have dodged all the attempts made on his life and still have energy to magically bed Vonetta McGee, and Yugoslavian Neda Arneric.

Having said that, there were some very good moments in the film, and it is still worth the time to see Roundtree in action.


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