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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971)

This is the funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York. The weaker gang use incredibly a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeeds to stop one of the gang, while the other remain without the Boss.

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Angela
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Big Momma
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Baccala
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Mario
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Beppo (as Herve Villechaize)
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Exmo
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Water Buffalo
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DeLauria
Sander Vanocur ...
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Philip Bruns ...
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Philip Sterling ...
District Attorney Goodman
Jack Kehoe ...
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This is the funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York. The weaker gang use incredibly a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeeds to stop one of the gang, while the other remain without the Boss.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence, racial slurs, drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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21 July 1972 (West Germany)  »

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A banda, amelyik nem tudott jól lőni  »

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While Paramount brass dithered over whether to cast him as Michael Corleone, the role that would make him a star, a frustrated Al Pacino signed up for the role of Mario Trantino in this movie. When Paramount finally decided to offer him The Godfather (1972) role, they had to buy him out of his contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Ironically, the role went to Robert De Niro, whom The Godfather: Part II (1974) would also help to make him a star s well. See more »

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(at around 55 mins) Angela gets splashed bad with mud by a cop car. A second later it's just a few spots. See more »

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Referenced in The Sopranos: D-Girl (2000) See more »

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great example of '70's cinema
2 January 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie with my mother when it first came out. Now I am waiting for this to come out on DVD because it is one of the few movies that I want to own. When we went to see it in 1971 I laughed so hard I thought I might either pee on myself or vomit. I'd never seen anything so funny…or so familiar. I'm sure that it helped that the action took place primarily in my own neighborhood in Brooklyn, but I believe this movie has something for everyone. The humor didn't seem subtle to me at the time but in light of the brainless fare that has become so popular this movie does require that you actually pay attention from beginning to end. If you get nothing else out of it, the realization that it's not possible to housebreak a lion is worth the price of admission. That and the valuable lessons about car bombs, but to talk about that would require a spoiler alert.


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