Shaft is the original that started it all, widely cited as the first "blaxploitation" movie. Richard Roundtree plays John Shaft, the street-smart private eye whose hunt for a kidnap victim puts him between feuding syndicat... more »es. Isaac Hayes provides the memorable Academy AwardO-winning Best Original Song (1971) and gritty score. "He's a bad dude," a racketeer says about Shaft in the sequel Shaft's Big Score! Leave it to Shaft to back up that statement in a way New York's wise guys understand as he investigates the murder of a client. Roundtree again puts on the hero's leather jacket, reuniting with director Gordon Parks« less
"Of all of the movies that I own, I keep coming back to the Shaft movies. I wish that they could have made more of them. Don't listen to others, this one is just as good as the first one!
This is the typical story of the black man against the Italian-American(black blood is on them also..) for control of the ghetto. This one is good because it takes a look into black people with money in the early 70's. This film has action, sex, story, chases and a mob boss who doe snot mind you talking sh*t to him, but touch his food or matrial items and he is pissed!
If you like black exploitation films or if you are white and you like raw action films, get this. Shaft is Africa was a little different(could be why they never made another), but still ok. Shaft's Big Score should be your score."
E. Brown | St. Petersburg, FL | 08/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Can you dig it! Gotta love the action in this one. Better than the first one!!!"
Nu Yawk's Koolest
imperiallancer | deep desert,nevada | 04/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Back in prehistoric times, John Shaft was the role model if you was a nice guy, Priest from Superfly was the man if you was dreaming of livin' the life. Shaft's Big Score the followup to the Cool Black crimefighter series, is a slickened up version of the much more grittier original. Still, the bad ... gets off. The climatic chase has been "rescene" in dozens of later films from Hollywood and around the world and Mr. Parks still doesn't get the proper props for bringing to the screen a cultural icon that despite time and Singleton's "nephew" is still the Man. The late Reverend O.C. Smith is too countrified for singing a Big City theme but the powers the be didn't want to pay Isaac"Black Moses-Voice of ... Reason Chef from South Park" Hayes asking price. But there is a tease of what it might of been in the club scene where somebodys' girlfriend swirls to the early '70s funk. Never mind the usher pass the joint and hand me the gin Shaft Big Score is smokin' Jim."
A crackerjack ride of thrills.
C. Troxle | 02/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Flashy, stylish and violent, this extremely fast paced sequel to "Shaft", has the private eye once again up to his neck in the underworld. Chasing after a cool quarter of a million dollars, Shaft once again uses fists, guns, and nearly everything else to outsmart the mob and the cops to avenge the death of a friend. From the mean streets of New York, to the flatlands of the Harlem River, Shaft cements his reputation as the baddest of them all. Hair raising boat chase finale is one of the best ever filmed."
Can You Dig It?
Rob | Texas | 05/27/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Shaft's Big Score is a decent sequel, but the pacing is a bit slow at times. You can't beat The Theme From Shaft, but Big Score has got some tight music in it, keepin' it funky for the Private Dick whose a brotha man. Bumpy and Willie, my two favorite characters are back, and Bumpy is still tolerating Shaft while Bumpy maintains his hilarious disrepecting of him. About midway through is one of coolest scenes ever-Shaft is getting worked over backstage at a nightclub by Mob goons while the shots cut back and forth between busted jaws and writhing exotic dancers. The whole scene is scored with a heavily funky tune about the fuzz comin' 'round and what you gonna do when the mace comes down. Obviously, then you gotta just disrespect the Man and check this movie out."