The tagline(s) for the third installment in the Shaft trilogy says it all. "The brother man in the motherland", & "Shaft is stickin it all the way". Shaft is recruited to stop a slavery racket..(Africa to France). Shaft,(Richard Roundtree) is in top form as a hard lovin, hard fightin, detective/spy in this flick. Shaft abandons his "iron" and uses a stick in some well choreographed fighting scenes. Plenty of violence is served up as the man overseeing the slavery racket, Vincent Amafi (Frank Finlay) is aware of Shaft's identity, thanks to a double agent, Wassa (Debebe Eshetu). Shaft also has his hands full with two beautiful women, as he romances the lovely Vonetta McGee and is seduced by the alluring Neda Arneric. (Vonetta McGee) Aleme - is the daughter of the Emir Ramila (Cy Grant) who hires Shaft to infiltrate the international slave trading racket. Shaft will pose as local native, who will make the trek from Africa to Paris to bring down the racket working from the inside. Aleme gives Shaft a tutorial in the tribal customs and the language spoken preparing him for his trip to Africa. She initially resists Shaft's charms, but of course he ultimately wins her over. Plenty of nudity is served up in the last of the Shaft trilogy, including Shaft himself in a nude stick fighting sequence.
Aboard the slave smuggling ship, that will travel across the Mediterranean sea, Shaft encounters the gorgeous Neda Arneric. (Arneric is a young Yugoslavian actress who makes her American film debut as Amafi's mistress..Jazar). In an earlier scene, Jazar volunteers to travel to Africa and distract Shaft so that Wassa can take out our hero. Upon boarding the ship, Shaft gives her the eye as she is looking super sexy in her blue bikini. Jazar reciprocates the attraction and immediately provides instructions to Wassa on how he must get Shaft to the top deck that evening. Wassa wants to take out Shaft right away, but Jazar blackmails him, thus ensuring she gets to experience "the sex machine to all the chicks". That evening, Jazar lures Shaft to her cabin, and they share an incredibly steamy interracial love scene. Arneric is a slavic beauty, but merely serves as eye candy, as her only purpose in the film is to sleep with Shaft. Although Shaft's cover is blown from the beginning of the film, he makes his way to Paris, avoiding several attempts on his life. Once in Paris, he brings down the the slavery racket, as he frees the itinerant workers from bondage. Shaft offers plenty of one liners much like british agent...007. One line is totally hilarious when Shaft posing as an African, is asked if he knows how to ride a camel to cross the desert. His retort, "no ride camel, ride ass". The musical score and more specifically, Johnny Pate's guitar work, spices up some scenes. The Four Tops provide the theme song, "Are You Man Enough". This film definitely has a Bond edge to it, as Shaft gets a couple of gadgets for his mission. A definite step away from the first two Shaft films and this one completed the Shaft trilogy.