Review: ‘Shaft’s Big Score!’

Richard Roundtree again heads the cast as a swinging black private eye, caught between opposing criminal forces. This time around, there is a lot more production and nurturing of the project, not all of which is to the good, however.

Richard Roundtree again heads the cast as a swinging black private eye, caught between opposing criminal forces. This time around, there is a lot more production and nurturing of the project, not all of which is to the good, however.

Script finds Roundtree trapped in the double-dealings of Wally Taylor, who has killed partner Robert Kya-Hill for money. Moses Gunn is again excellent as a black mobster, and Joseph Mascolo is a white mobster eyeing Taylor’s territory for a move-in. Julius W. Harris is a police detective who gives Roundtree his head to unravel the mess.

The first Shaft had a running-scared excitement not only in the characters, but also throughout the whole picture. The new film seems more self-conscious, contrived, ambitious, and sluggish.

Shaft's Big Score!

Production

Shaft/M-G-M. Director Gordon Parks; Producer Roger Lewis, Ernest Tidyman; Screenplay Ernest Tidyman; Camera Urs Furrer; Editor Harry Howard; Music Gordon Parks; Art Director Emanuel Gerard

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Richard Roundtree Moses Gunn Drew Bundini Brown Joseph Mascolo Kathy Imrie Julius W. Harris
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