When Harlem P.I. John Shaft first appeared on the movie scene, he was a shut your mouth detective to reckon with, a fact underscored by Isaac Hayes Oscar®-winning* Best Original Song (1971). Richard Roundtree plays the hard-hitting, street-smart title role in these signature blaxploitation films, hunting for a kidnap victim in Shaft (1971) and seeking a friend s murderer in Shaft s Big Score! mixing it up with mob thugs each time. Finally, there s Shaft in Africa ( He's the Brother Man in the Motherland, proclaimed ads), with our hero bringing down a slavery cartel. Shaft's the name. Excitement's the game!