June 8 in US cinemas: ‘Shaft’s Big Score’

“You liked it before, so he’s back with more.”

Shafts_Big_Score-19721972: Shaft’s Big Score! is an American neo-noir action crime–drama film starring Richard Roundtree as the private detective John Shaft. Directed by Gordon Parks, this is the second film in the trilogy. 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. Shaft’s Big Score! also stars Moses Gunn, Drew Bundini Brown, Joseph Mascolo, Julius Harris, and Joe Santos.

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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 (Mascolo) to split the business but also makes the same deal with crime lord Bumpy Jonas (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. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Warner Movies On Demand YouTube Channel.

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