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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 City. The weaker gang uses a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeed in stopping one of the gangs, while the other remains without the boss.

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James Goldstone

Writers:

Jimmy Breslin (novel), Waldo Salt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Kid Sally
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Angela
Jo Van Fleet ... Big Momma
Lionel Stander ... Baccala
Robert De Niro ... Mario
Irving Selbst Irving Selbst ... Big Jelly
Hervé Villechaize ... Beppo (as Herve Villechaize)
Joe Santos ... Exmo
Carmine Caridi ... Tony, the Indian
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Water Buffalo
Harry Basch ... DeLauria
Sander Vanocur ... Television Commentator
Philip Bruns ... Gallagher (as Phil Bruns)
Philip Sterling ... District Attorney Goodman
Jack Kehoe ... Bartender
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Storyline

This is the funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York City. The weaker gang uses a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeed in stopping one of the gangs, while the other remains without the boss.

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gang | police | lion | mafia | gang war | See All (10) »

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The hilarious comedy about dis-Organized Crime.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A banda, amelyik nem tudott jól lőni See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mario Trantino (Robert De Niro) 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 Leigh Taylor-Young were then apparently arrested. Reportedly, Producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler intervened and explained that it was not a real theft, and smoothed things over with the police. See more »

Goofs

(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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One of Orbach's Best
30 December 2004 | by bigmike-3See all my reviews

"The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" was a blast in 1971 and it's just as funny today. Before the Godfather and The Sopranos, writer Jimmy Breslin and then-light comic and musical star Jerry Orbach had the hapless Bonnano crime family skewered. The gags alone would have made the film, but there's a brain at work here, too, in the portrayal of a benighted crime leader and his clownish goons.There's also a small part for an then-unknown unknown Robert DeNiro that forecast and anticipated what Bob would do. After Jerry Orbach's death, I was stunned that so few obits mentioned this film, suggesting his real movie debut was in Prince of the City. He was great in Prince of the City, but this one made him somebody to watch. Don't miss it. It still delights.


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