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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  21 July 1972 (West Germany)
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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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Kid Sally
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Big Jelly
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Water Buffalo
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DeLauria
Sander Vanocur ...
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Philip Bruns ...
Gallagher (as Phil Bruns)
Philip Sterling ...
District Attorney Goodman
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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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A banda, amelyik nem tudott jól lőni  »

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Trivia

This movie was supposedly based around the life of Joey Gallo, a New York gang leader. Word has it that the members of Gallo's crew wished to seek vengance on the writers. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, when Kid Sally attempts to shoot a mafia leader in the head but the gun backfires in his hand, another goon outside puts a bucket of ice and fish on a police officer. However, in the next shot, her head is completely dry and looks as if it wasn't even affected in any way. See more »

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the gang that can shoot straight.... from the hip
23 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of those classics. Not only for the first starring role for Robert De Niro but also its a comedy that is lighthearted and funny. De Niro does a good job as Mario (with a well done Italian accent) as does the late and great Jerry Orbach as Kid Sally the hood who wants to be the boss but keep having it fall from his hands. Lionel Sander (from Hart to Hart fame) does well as Baccala, the main gangster that Kid Sally is trying to take over. I found this hilarious fairly slapstick in some parts but also some strong performances of a film of this calibre. It reminded me for the old 1920's silent films as some of it you could have watched with no speaking at all and you'd still understand what was going on. There are some great scenes with Orbach and his Mama which had me laughing a lot and there were some touching scenes to between Mario and Kid Sally's kid sister. It's one to be watched and not missed if you want to see De Niro and how he started before the greats like Mean Streets, Raging Bull and Goodfellas.


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