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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971)

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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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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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'Robert de Niro''s Mario Trantino character was a thief. Ever the method actor, de Niro allegedly stole two shirts from Macy's department store and hid them under his jacket. de Niro and co-star Leigh Taylor-Young were then apparently arrested. Reportedly, the movie's producers, Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler, later intervened and explained that it was not a real theft and smoothed over the police. See more »

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The lion in the back of the van is female. By the time it gets to the basement, it has become a male. See more »

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Truly An Underrated Movie! A Big Guilty Pleasure.
26 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two Mafia gangs battle 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. The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is a hilarious crime comedy that's filled with loads of laughs! No kidding, this movie is criminally (rather ironic considering that this is a gangster movie) underrated movie! I watched this movie, and I found it to be a very funny crime comedy that's got many laughs! This movie was much better than I thought it would be. Well, I was expecting it to be good, considering it's got people like Jerry Orbach, Robert De Niro, Jo Van Fleet, and Lionel Stander in it, but when I watched it, I found it to be great! The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is definitely worth seeing, as it is bound to get some laughs from whoever watches it. By the way, sorry if I sound like I'm repeating the same thing in many of my reviews, but I have been rather lucky with most of the movies that I've been seeing. I'll tell you why I thought this movie was very funny.

First off, there is very good acting in this movie, such as from Jo Van Fleet, Jerry Orbach, Lionel Stander, and especially Robert De Niro. In one of his earliest roles, Robert De Niro gives a funny performance as an up and coming gangster. There are many scenes that pump out laughs, such as any scene involving the lion, as well the courtroom scene. There are also more laughs in this movie, but it would probably take too long, and so I am not going to do that. Anyway, this movie is a big guilty pleasure of mine, because while it isn't one of the greatest movies ever made, it is worth watching, and while I really enjoyed it, it seems that a lot of other people didn't. Here's what you should do, when you watch this movie, throw away everything that you heard about it before hand. If you do, then there's a good chance that you will enjoy the movie. Remember, keep an open mind when you watch it.

So all in all, while this movie isn't one of the best movies I've ever seen, it's a good movie all the same. Also, this movie isn't one of Robert De Niro's best movies, but nevertheless, he's still good in it, and hey, he only got better as time went on. When you watch this movie, turn off your mind and enjoy it, as it's actually a very good movie. You should never base your opinion of a movie off of what other people have said about it, you should see the movie first, and then decide if you thought that it was good or not. The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is worth seeing, sure, it isn't a totally and completely flawless movie, but it's still very good all the same. Remember to watch this movie with an open mind, when you do, who knows, you may end up enjoying this movie much more than I did, you may say that it's one of the funniest movies that you have ever seen.

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