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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.

Director:

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 Carmine Caridi ... Tony, the Indian
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Water Buffalo
Harry Basch ... DeLauria
Sander Vanocur 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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Plot Keywords:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hervé Villechaize's voice was dubbed throughout the entire film by Paul Frees. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

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Pretty poor
26 November 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

"Comedy" about two warring Mafia gangs in Brooklyn.

Purportedly the original book is hilarious and this movie has a great cast--but something went wrong. The jokes aren't very funny and the cast just seems to be unable to put across the punchlines. Flat direction doesn't help either.

I'm only giving it a 3 for Leigh-Taylor Young and Robert DeNiro (who are both very good and play a very appealing couple) and Jo Van Fleet who has the movie's only funny lines in a very broad, over the top, amusing manner.

But, all in all, this really isn't worth seeing.


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