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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.

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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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Details

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

The film was released two years after its source novel had been published. 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 »

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The script needed more work
18 March 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

"The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" has all but been forgotten more than 40 years after it was made. Seeing it, it's easy to figure out why. In its defense, the movie gives an interesting look at a New York City that was seedy before it was cleaned up. It's also interesting to see a young Jerry Orbach, and the movie has the occasional mild chuckle. But for the most part, the movie simply doesn't work, and the problems come with the script. For some reason, the movie does not go into depth with ANY of its characters, and they all end up being pretty interchangeable with each other. Also, there really isn't much of a story here - instead, it's one seemingly unrelated vignette after another. The movie is never aggressively bad, but it still ends up being a big disappointment.


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