SHAFT IN AFRICA (Theatrical Release USA 1973)

Ben Meyers’ rating—2.9|5.0 Starsìì

Shaft in Africa
is better than the last two Shaft films, but what the fight scenes lack in professionalism is difficult to overcome to get the movie into the three-star range. Richard Roundtree is better looking than his acting at this point in his career. It will be interesting to follow him through the decades of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s to track his increasing acting proficiency.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


John Shaft (Richard Roundtree ) travels under coercion to Africa to break up criminal smuggling of immigrants into Europe.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Guillermin for his directing efforts. Thank you to Producer Roger H. Lewis for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Amafi (Frank Finlay), Aleme (Vonetta McGee), Jazar (Neda Arneric), Wassa (Debebe Eshetu), Sassari (Spiros Focás), Perreau (Jacques Herlin), Ziba (Jho Jhenkins), and Oyo (Willie Jonah).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. The quality is lacking in this film. However, it is a good cultural studies film for the 1970s.

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