New York City, Shaft leaves a subway station in Times Square and, he walks across the street through the cars regardless of traffic, as
the Shaft theme begins to play. If you don’t know the Shaft theme, you have problems. A love of pretentious French art films would be a
first guess. Shaft is going through the urban jungle as Isaac Hayes sings.
Newsstand guy tells Shaft some men were looking for him and, in the local shoeshine shop, shoe shiner tells Shaft the men were there
looking for him. They were packing heat. Guess what? The cops are looking for Shaft, too. Vic talks to Shaft. Vic has heard some rumors
of something going down and it’s big. Shaft refuses to tell him anything. Vic’s partner wants to lean on Shaft, but Vic has enough sense
to realize that would be a bad mistake with a capital B.
Shaft is heading to his office; he spots a suspicious man waiting for him. And, Shaft gets the drop on the lookout and, he disarms
the lookout and drags him to his office. The other guy is there. Fight ensues. Shaft takes them both on. Leroy charges at Shaft who
dodges him. Leroy becomes a very shortly flying then dying guy as he goes through the window and eventually the pavement below. Shaft
gets the other guy and questions him. Bumpy wants to talk to Shaft.
At the police station, cops are interrogating Shaft about the death. They don’t believe his story. Vic convinces the guy doing the
bad cop role to leave, while Vic talks with Shaft alone. He knows the dead guy worked for Bumpy. Vic asks again about what is going on
and, Shaft refuses to squeal. Vic lets him go. We can tell that Vic really wants Shaft to help him with this case. And it seems that
Vic has a soft spot in his heart for Shaft to let him get away with so much. Well, the emotional quota has been filled.
Shaft uses a payphone to call Bumpy and heads to office. Bumpy and his goon, Willy, get to Shaft’s office first. Willy is complaining
about how Shaft is late and killing Leroy. Shaft arrives. Willy is ordered out while Bumpy talks with Shaft. Bumpy wants to hire Shaft for
a job. His daughter, Marcy, has been kidnapped and there is no ransom note. Shaft unloads on Bumpy for being well scum, selling drugs,
etc… Bumpy claims the only spot in Harlem he can’t check is controlled by militants, La Mumabas lead by Ben Buford, who Shaft knows. Shaft
agrees to take the case. Bumpy is distraught over his daughter and will do what it takes to get her back.
Shaft is looking for Ben. We get a searching montage set to another Isaac Hayes song. Shaft talks with the informer or hustler,
Antonio "Huggie Bear" Fargas about where Ben will be. Shaft gets the info on where Ben will be that night.
Shaft is in his girlfriend’s apartment. His woman arrives. Well, "the sex machine to all the chicks" lovin' ensues.
Vic finds Shaft again. Shaft refuses to tell Vic anything. It’s close to time for the meeting. Shaft heads to it and arrives at the
meeting, but Ben wants Shaft to leave, doesn’t know him anymore. Ben goes through every insult in the list about being a sellout. Shaft
tells Ben that Bumpy’s daughter was kidnapped.
Gunfire is heard down the hall and, one of Ben’s friends was killed. Shaft takes Ben with him as the rest of Ben’s crew head to the
ceiling. They hide in a little old lady’s apartment. Ben’s crew gets slaughtered. Ben grabs some scissors thinking Shaft set him up. The
little old lady stops Ben from attacking Shaft; there’s been too much violence. Ben and Shaft leave.
Skulking in the shadows, they get out of the apartment building and hide before the cops get on the scene. The big question has to be
were the shooters after Ben or Shaft. Shaft is going to leave Ben with some people who’ll keep him safe. Ben is pretty distraught by having
his group butchered. Shaft is going to see Vic. Shaft takes Ben to crash at his girlfriend's place.
At the police station, Vic is on the phone. Shaft tells him he’s coming in to see him. Shaft gets to the station and talks with
Vic. A large number of suspected Mafia guns from around the country are in New York City. A kidnap attempt on a Mafia bigwig failed, but
Shaft refuses to tell Vic what’s going on.
Shaft calls Dina, his girlfriend, has some things to check out. In the morning, he wakes Ben. They need to meet with somebody and
arrive at Bumpy’s office, Shaft and Ben arrive. Shaft refuses to be searched. Willy really wants to throw down with Shaft. Ben and
Shaft go in to see Bumpy.
We learn that Bumpy was behind Ben’s group being shot down in the opposite of a blaze of glory. Shaft is less than pleased to say
the least with being manipulated by Bumpy. Bumpy moved in on Mob turf and, they hit him back. Shaft isn’t going on with the case for
what he was being paid. Shaft will need Ben’s army to free Bumpy’s daughter and, Ben agrees to help if he's paid to get his people out
of jail. $10,000 a man. Bumpy agrees. Shaft wants $20,000 for himself.
Ben goes to rally the troops. Shaft is on mission himself and has some guy turn his office lights for him. Shaft heads to a bar and
spots a couple of suspicious guys at the end of the bar. Meanwhile Shaft takes over for the bartender, he fixes some drinks for the Mob
guys. You can tell by the way they check to see if Shaft’s office lights are on and, they aren't groovy like everyone else in the bar. Some
chick, Linda, is very warm for the form of a certain "private dick who’s a sex machine to all the chicks." Shaft calls Vic who can tell that
Shaft needs some help. The Mob guys want Shaft to leave them alone. He introduces himself and gets the drop on them after breaking a bottle
over one’s head. The cops haul them out.
Shaft is getting some first aid treatment from Linda. Well, "sex machinin' " ensues again.
Shaft meets with Vic and learns the Mob guys are clean. Shaft talks with them. He has to see Bumpy's daughter and, they set up
Linda wakes up as Shaft gets back. He calls Ben, needing some tough backup guys. Linda isn't too fond of Shaft’s love me and leave
me attitude. Well, she leaves. Shaft gets a new piece, gun.
Vic shows up to talk with Shaft. Apparently, Vic’s captain heard Shaft talk with the mobsters at the police station and, he wants
to talk with Shaft. The best way to put it is Vic turns a blind eye to Shaft, claiming he can’t find Shaft anywhere and leaves. Shaft
then calls the Mob guys to set up the meet.
Shaft heads to the meeting place. Mob Guy One, this is his name, comes in and get some "charming" ethnic banter to ensue. They
leave. Ben and some of his men follow them. They take a winding route. Ben’s men stakeout the building where Shaft entered.
Marcy, Bumpy’s kidnapped daughter, is pacing in the apartment. As Mob Guy One is unlocking the door, Shaft gets the drop on him and
finds out there are 2 guards inside. The door opens and, Shaft has a gun on Mob Guy One. Shaft demands that Marcy be let loose. The mafia
guys refuse, they offer to let Shaft leave and tell Bumpy his daughter is ok, but Shaft will take Mob Guy One with him. A shootout
ensues. Shaft is winged. But, 2 of the mob guys are dead. The last mob guy wants Bumpy to pay the ransom in 24 hours or else, and he
beats Shaft and leaves. Ben checks on Shaft and finds him unconscious after last mob guy gets away with Marcy.
Ben rouses Shaft and, Ben’s men are following where last mob guy is going. Ben takes Shaft to Ellie, not sure who this is. Shaft
wants Sam to patch him up. Sam isn’t a real doctor. Shaft realizes he’s going to need some backup, wants some guns on his side. Shaft
wakes up after passing out from being patched up. The plans are being made, and Shaft calls Bumpy for transportation.
Ben’s people get a variety of hotel worker uniforms, including for bellboys, cooks, etc…
Vic is at the scene of the apartment shootout. Why does he seem to be the only cop in New York City?
Ben gets an order to bring drinks to where Marcy is being held in the hotel. Shaft goes up the fire escape. Ben gets the elevator
operator uniform for another of his men. Shaft gets the skylight open. He and other guy climb down into the attic if that’s the word for
the storage area on the top of a hotel. They get the drop on some of the mafia guards. The phone lines have been cut. Shaft and other
guy are preparing a distraction.
Ben and his crew are in the elevator. Shaft is readying the rappelling line. Ben’s group inches down the hallway. Shaft climbs
down the building tossing in the flaming distraction and crashes through the window. Mafia guy is shot. Ben’s crew takes care of the
Shaft grabs Marcy and, they take the elevator. Some of Ben’s crew is injured. Ben, Marcy, and Shaft get to the transportation. Ben's
crew gets away before the cops arrive.
Shaft calls Vic telling him the case is wrapped up and walks away as the Shaft theme is playing again.