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Shaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends.

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User Review - 10/10 by Brendan CRichard Roundtree kicks ass again!!! I just love blaxploitation films.
User Review - 10/10 by David Pvery well acted,good action very good movie
User Review - 10/10 by gary twell umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch,...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie..i think that richard roundtree is brilliant as john shaft throughout the movies...i think that richard roundtree, moses gunn, ernest tidyman play good parts throughout this movie...i think that the director of this Action & Adventure, Cult Movies, Classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...its an enjoyble movie...i think that the gunshoot outs n the fight scenes were pretty kewl throughout this movie...i think that the car chase scene was pretty kewl in this movie...i think that the gun shoot out between the helicopter n john shaft was pretty kewl thorughout this movie..its a good movie 2 watch
User Review - 10/10 by Brad Gquality sequel shaft is the balls the coolest film character of all time
User Review - 10/10 by Muffin MShaft is back to find the murderer of an old friend on the cold hard city streets with a little help from his new friends. stars Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Julius W. Harris, Drew Bundi, Joe Mascolo, Kathy Imrie, Thomas Anderson, Don Blakely and Marilyn Hamilton. directed by Gordon Parks.
User Review - 10/10 by Ken Sthis movie started it all in the shaft collection
User Review - 8/10 by Drew HNow its not as good as the first one, but this is still very enjoyable, Richard Roundtree could carry a picture. Shaft does a pretty sweet '72 Plymouth Seabring (they were probably trying to pass it off as a Road Runner or GTX though)
User Review - 8/10 by Private UShaft just seems out of his element here, with little or no action, and large expanses of utterly forgettable and unnecessary plot elements for him to navigate. Even the helicopter-fight sequence near the end is utterly boring... for some reason, Roundtree can't conjure up the iconic "Shaft" persona for this sequel, and without a strong protagonist, the film falls flat.
User Review - 8/10 by Van RThe difference between "Shaft" and "Shaft's Big Score" is that director Gordon Parks flaunts a bigger, beefer budget. Whereas the production values on the original "Shaft" seemed threadbare, "Shaft's Big Score" boasts a thick carpet piled with production values. Unmistakably, "Shaft's Big Score" is an impressively photographed epic with "The Seven Ups" lenser Urs Furrer teaming back up with Parks. Furrer creates eloquent visual compositions with his Panavision cameras, especially during car, boat, and helicopter chase. Nothing is claustrophobic about this spacious sequel. Okay, Issac Hayes doesn't reprise his role as composer. Director Gordon Parks performs double duty as composer with three songs that he penned the lyrics to so he took up the slack wherever he could. The opening moments of this "Shaft" have been staged with considerable finesse. The cross-cutting between Shaft at the wheel of a car in route to meet with a close friend, Cal Asby (Robert Kya-Hill) and the friend pacing his insurance office is nicely done. Joseph Mascolo's villain is not your usual thuggish type. He is an accomplished clarinet player who appreciates the finer things in life. Ernest Tidyman, who created the "Shaft" character, wrote the sequel, and he doesn't retread the original. Crime boss Bumpy Jones (Moses Gunn of "Shaft") and his bodyguard Willy (Drew Bundini Brown) reappear here, too, but Captain Bollin (Julius W. Harris of "Live and Let Die") replaces Lieutenant Vic Androzzi (Charles Cioffi of "Shaft"). A partner in a New York City numbers racket, Cal Ashby, dies in an explosion and his partner John Kelly (Wally Taylor of "Rocky III") searches for the loot that Ashby cleaned out of the safe. Meanwhile, the Mafia wants half of the action and Kelly already owes mob boss Gus Mascola (Joseph Mascolo of "Jaws 2") a quarter of a million dollars. As it turns out, Cal Ashby's half of the organization belongs to his younger sister, Arna Asby (Rosalind Miles of "The Black Six"), and she is hanging out with private detective John Shaft. Ashby and Shaft are friends so when Ashby dies in the explosion, Captain Bollin wonders if Shaft hasn't gone over to the other side because he saw Shaft speaking with Bumpy and Willy after the funeral. Meanwhile, Kelly learns from a custodian at the funeral home that Ashby had a shopping bag with him before he died and he entered the casket display room where the models are arranged for customers to review. Shaft wants answers from Kelly, and Kelly asks that Gus take Shaft off his back. Shaft outsmarts a couple of Italian mobsters who call on him. Eventually, Gus and his men get to Shaft and rough him up. If turn about is fair play, Shaft retaliates later when Willy and he masquerade as window washers and break into Gus's luxurious penthouse. Shaft beats up Gus and Willy drops Pascal (Joe Santos of "Blue Thunder") with a bottle across the top of his head. Anyway, Kelly concludes that Ashby must have stashed the loot in his coffin so he takes a crew out to the cemetery and they exhume the casket. The Italians descend on the graveyard by helicopter. Gus gets every dollar bill from Kelly because Kelly owes him everything and then Pascal's men riddle the lot of them with lead. By this time, Shaft has shown up and he surprises the Italian, disarms them, and takes Gus hostage. One of Kelly's girlfriends, Rita (Kathy Imrie of "16 Blocks"), takes the wheel while Shaft slams Gus into the backseat and Pascal pursues them in a Dodge Charger for a lengthy, careening, high speed automobile chase. The Italians in the helicopter hover over the scene and a marksman with a sniper rifle takes potshots at them. "Shaft's Big Score" lives up to its name. The plot is complicated enough without being obtuse. The visual look and design are impeccable. This is such a polished piece of celluloid that it's difficult to believe that Parks and Furrer could exhibit such artistry. The music is different and bolsters the savage action. Roundtree nails the Shaft persona again and the rest of the cast is good, especially Joe Santos. Parks doesn't wear out his welcome either as "Shaft's Big Score" clocks in at a 105 minutes. This is a vintage example of blaxploitation as its finest.
User Review - 8/10 by Cresswell SThe sequel to Shaft has Shaft up against the white mob. Helping his girlfrend find out why and who killed her brother. Doulble crosses, beatings and shoot outs make this movie prove that Roundtree's Shaft is a bad mother fucker. Not many movies can capture the magic of the first film but Shaft's Big Score, Scores big!!

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