Cal is taking money out of a safe. He hides a bag of cash into a coffin. Calls Shaft who originally ignores it until realizing it is Cal. Apparently Shaft is as James
Brown would put it “sex-machining” Cal’s sister, Arna. Cal is in big trouble and needs to hire Shaft. He also wants him to see if he can find Arna…
We’re on the late night city streets as the funky music starts to play as the credits roll. Shaft is driving to Cal’s office, where he is waiting anxiously for him. The
new Shaft theme is sung by O.C. Smith. It was written by Gordon Parks the director. You know in the original Shaft with all those Isaac Hayes’s
songs. Nada in this movie… Cal’s office explodes about the time Shaft pulls up outside.
Fire trucks are on the scene. Captain Bollin questions Shaft. In the original, Shaft had Vic, as a friend on the force. But, Bollin, Shaft thinks is sellout. The meat
wagon hauls Cal away. Bollin questions Cal’s partner Kelley about a medical clinic that was just about to be built. Kelley goes to Cal’s office and has the firefighters
take the safe next door. When, everyone is gone, Kelley checks the safe and finds the money gone.
Helicopter lands on a building and a load of shifty white guys get out.
I'm not playing a woodwimp...
Gus, the Mafia don, is playing his clarinet. His lackeys report about the missing money from the safe. Gus is taking it rather well. Kelley is the key to getting established
The grave-site service for Cal begins. Willy and Bumpy are there too. Remember them from the original? Bumpy hired Shaft to rescue his daughter. Shaft is
there with Arna. After the funeral breaks up, Shaft talks with Bumpy and Willy. Apparently, Kelley is running the number racket now.
Car pulls up to a house, Shaft, Arna, and Kelley quickly see that Arna’s house has been ransacked. Shaft searches for the burglar. He manages to get away
because of the clumsiness of Kelley. Or was it intentional? Kelley offers to runs Arna’s half of the business. Shaft decides to try to find who killed Cal.
Shaft runs into Bollin who wants to talk to him at the precinct. In the station, some cops are smacking around a teenager. Bollin is completely indifferent to it. A
cop tries shoving Shaft around. That would be a bad idea. Bollin wants to know how Shaft is tied in with Cal and Kelley. Bollin’s theory is Shaft and Arna are
involved. When Cal dies, Shaft and Kelley take over the numbers racket. Shaft brings in Bumpy to the fold. Bollin wants Shaft to spread the word for no one to rock
On the streets, one of Kelley’s men is collecting and paying off bets. They have an elaborate code about paying for burial policies. Shaft jumps him demanding to
know where Kelley is.
In one of those egg shaped chairs, we’ve got the naked chick Rita. She is arguing with Kelley. She’s had enough and is going to leave when Kelley smacks her
around. Andy the lackey calls Kelley who asks for more time. Kelley has to meet with Gus, the Mafia don.
Kelley drives off about the time Shaft arrives and heads to his apartment. Rita lets him in. In more ways than one sooner or later…
Kelley is frisked before meeting Gus. Kelley talks about how the money has vanished from the funeral home. Gus demands half of Kelley’s action. He has to
get Arna’s half of the business and is worried about Shaft. Gus will take care of Shaft if Kelley agrees to turn over half of his business. Kelley agrees and leaves.
Shaft and Rita are testing the water bed…as the walk-a-chicken music ensues…Sex machining to all the chicks ensues. Kelley is driving home. Well, he isn’t
the only one driving at this point. Kelley is waiting for an elevator in the lobby as Shaft is getting dressed. Kelley unlocks his door but finds it chained. Shaft goes out
the back way and so does Rita who has officially left Kelley.
Shaft and Arna learn Cal was involved in gambling. Kelley owed Cal $250,000. Shaft gets Arna upstairs quick before a florist pulls up. Shaft attacks the guy
and uses the other one as a human shield. Shaft manages to shoot him. Shaft decides to get Arna to a safer place.
Kelley meets with Bumpy. He needs Bumpy to buy in so he can use the money to pay Gus. Bumpy agrees to do it for 60%. But Arna has 50%, no room for
Kelley. He agrees to Bumpy’s demands and leaves. Bumpy knows that Kelley isn’t long for this world.
At a club, Mother Ikes,
Ike Turner's momma has a nightclub.....
Shaft arrives. We See Andy the lackey in the background. Shaft tries getting into the backroom where the gambling is. Kelley is in the background and spots
Shaft. He talks with Gus about Shaft. Gus has decided to call off taking care of Shaft after losing 2 men. He thinks Kelley is Shaft’s target. Kelley spins a tale
about Shaft working for Bumpy to take over the rackets. That worries Gus. If he gets rid of Shaft that will scare Bumpy off.
Shaft goes to the backroom. He meets with Gus who wants him tell Bumpy to stay out of Queens. Shaft is knocked out and given a thorough thrashing. Shaft
tries returning the favor as best he can but can’t take. We get a funky music ensuing with wild dancers as Shaft is beaten and left in the alley.
Willy is laughing at Shaft who comes to meet with Bumpy. Kelley is dealing with Bumpy and Gus Mascola. Gunfire erupts through the room as Shaft and Bumpy
take cover. That helps Bumpy to decide to give the loan to Kelley. Willy and Shaft will take care of Mascola.
A couple of window cleaners are working on Mascola’s windows. They enter the apartment. Shaft starts beating Mascola. While Willy watches, he manages
to get the drop on the returning Andy the lackey. Shaft delivers his message. Kelley is next. Shaft and Willy leave.
That night Shaft is skulking about and breaks into Cal’s funeral home. Kelley is there, too. He knows the money is around somewhere. The only coffin that’s
been used was for Cal. Kelley has a light bulb moment, realizing where the money is. He and a funeral worker leave. Shaft gets out of the coffin he hid in. Kelley
and the other guy ride off in the hearse. Shaft follows them.
Bollin meets with Shaft. He demands to see Arna. He knocks on the door. Arna has no idea who he is grabs a gun and blows a hole in the door. Bollin storms
off, vowing to arrest Arna. Shaft comes in. Arna is almost scared enough to let the mobsters get the money. Shaft convinces her that money could help the
community like Cal wanted it to do. Shaft gets ammo. He tells her to keep Bollin with her when he returns so she’ll be safe. Shaft gets some guns and leaves.
Cops are watching his place. Shaft has called Rita at some point to drive him. They manage to escape the cops.
At the cemetery, Cal’s grave is being dug. Mascola is told about it. He gathers his lackeys. The chopper flies to the cemetery, as Rita drives Shaft there,
too. The chopper lands near the open grave. Kelley looks for the money and finds it under the lining. Mascola gets his cash. Shaft is sneaking up on them. Kelley
and diggers are shot. Shaft manages to get the money and Mascola as a hostage. He makes it back to the car and Rita puts the pedal to mettle.
Mascola’s men are pursuit. Various cars crash. Shaft is shooting at the car chasing them. Finally, they ditch the car, Rita heads off. Shaft takes Mascola and
the money with him. Andy the lackey follows them into a boatyard.
On a nearby pier, Shaft hijacks a boat. He handcuffs Mascola to the boat and heads out on the water. Andy gets back to the car. The chopper is able to follow
Shaft but can’t get a good shot at him. Eventually, the boat’s engine is hit. Shaft runs it aground the gets out with the money before it explodes. But, the boat explodes
Andy is still after Shaft. The chopper is opening fire on Shaft now. Andy gets out of his car before it crashes into the river. Shaft has to chopper to deal with,
now. He hides the money. Andy is skulking about like Shaft is.
Shaft manages to hit the chopper. It flies away. Andy is still about, though. The chopper returns chasing Shaft. Andy opens fire on him, too. Shaft has sprained
his ankle and hobbles away. The chopper has several bullet holes in it. Shaft shoots Andy who turns into a mannequin falling from the catwalk. The chopper is still
Shaft runs into a warehouse followed by the low flying chopper. Shaft manages to hit the gunner in his leg. Chopper is still after him. Shaft manages to kill the
gunner. He finally shoots the chopper which explodes. The cops arrive right after this. Shaft talks with Bollin. Mascola and Kelley are dead. Bollin wants to know
about the money. Shaft claims he doesn’t know about it and hobbles away.