Johnny Pate - Shaft en Africa (Original Soundtrack to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor Film)

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Shaft in Africa
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Original theatrical release poster by John Solie
Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by Roger Lewis
Written by Stirling Silliphant
Starring Richard Roundtree
Frank Finlay
Neda Arnerić
Vonetta McGee
Frank McRae
Music by Johnny Pate
Cinematography Marcel Grignon
Edited by Max Benedict
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor
Release date
  • June 14, 1973
Running time
112 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,395,000 (US/ Canada rentals)


  "Shaft in Africa" is a 1973 film directed by John Guillermin and is the third film in the blaxploitation trilogy of films starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft. Stirling Silliphant wrote the screenplay. The cost went up to $2,142,000, but the gross fell to $1,458,000. MGM quickly sold the property to television, but the television series was cancelled after just seven episodes.



At home in his New York City apartment, John Shaft is drugged with a tranquilizer dart, then kidnapped and persuaded by threats of physical force, the promise of money, and the lure of a pretty tutor to travel to Africa, assuming the identity of a native-speaking itinerant worker. His job is to help break a criminal ring that is smuggling immigrants into Europe then exploiting them. But the villains have heard that he is on his way.

Shaft must pass a test before being hired for the job; the test involves him surviving in a small, overheated room without water, and a floor covered in deep sand, mimicking the supposed conditions of Africa. Shaft covers himself with the sand, thereby avoiding heatstroke and winning the contract from his employer. Shaft must then embark upon a mission to infiltrate and destroy a human trafficking and slavery ring in West Africa and France.



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Johnny Pate - Shaft en Africa (Original Sound Track)

Spanish ABC Records LP-0018 stereo (1976).

Album manufactured in Spain.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

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

The album's laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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

The original ABC Records promotional paper insert is excellently presented.

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