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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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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

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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

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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Referenced in Cocaine Cowboys (2006) See more »

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21 July 2018 | by gabrielkootSee all my reviews

This is a fun and oddball comedy from the early seventies. Two gangs go to war and the smaller gang uses a lion to shake down people living in the other gang's territory. The police have to intervene and one of the gangs ends up without a boss. It's wacky, crazy fun even though it's not a great film by any means. It's strange to see a young Jerry Orbach (Law and Order) in this comedy.


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