Gordon Parks - Shaft's Big Score! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Shaft's Big Score!
Original theatrical release poster by John Solie
Directed by Gordon Parks
Produced by
  • Roger Lewis
  • Ernest Tidyman
Written by Ernest Tidyman
Based on Characters by
Ernest Tidyman
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Moses Gunn
  • Drew Bundini Brown
  • Joseph Mascolo
  • Julius Harris
  • Joe Santos
Music by Gordon Parks
Cinematography Urs Furrer
Edited by Harry Howard
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • June 8, 1972
Running time
104 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,978,000
Box office $10,000,000


  Shaft's Big Score! is a 1972 American neo-noir action film–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.



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 (Joseph Mascolo) to split the business but also makes the same deal with crime lord Bumpy Jonas (Moses 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.



  • Richard Roundtree as John Shaft
  • Moses Gunn as Bumpy Jonas
  • Drew Bundini Brown as Willy
  • Joseph Mascolo as Gus Mascola
  • Kathy Imrie as Rita
  • Wally Taylor as Johnny Kelly
  • Julius Harris as Capt. Bollin (as Julius W. Harris)
  • Rosalind Miles as Arna Asby
  • Joe Santos as Pascal



Shaft's Big Score! earned estimated North American rentals of $4 million.


Critical response

Shaft's Big Score! received a lukewarm reception from critics, with New York Times critic Roger Greenspun describing the film as "less responsible, less detailed, less personal, less serious and less fun" than the original due to feeling more mechanical. Conversely, Roger Ebert awarded the film 3 stars out of 4, describing it as "mass-audience escapist entertainment" that works better than the original film did. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes retrospectively gives the film a rating of 70% based on reviews collected from 10 critics, with an average rating of 5.5 out of 10.



Shaft's Big Score! was released in theatres on June 8, 1972.




Gordon Parks - Shaft's Big Score! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

U.S. MGM 1 SE 36 ST (Demo) 1972.

Album produced by Tom McIntosh.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of ring wear, (see scan).

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The rear side of the album cover has an adhered  "DJ Not for Sale" sticker.

For full track listing see Own tab.

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