The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

4.91 h 36 min1971PG-13
The screen version of newspaperman Jimmy Breslin's best-selling comic novel about a Brooklyn turf war. Jerry Orbach plays Kid Sally, a small-timer aiming for the big time.
James Goldstone
Jerry OrbachLeigh Taylor-YoungJo Van Fleet
English [CC]
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Lionel StanderRobert De NiroIrving SelbstHervé VillechaizeJoe SantosCarmine CaridiFrank CampanellaHarry Basch
Robert ChartoffIrwin Winkler
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Claud E. MorrisReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stays true to the source novel.
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A book by an Irish-American writer about Italian-Americans may seem to have ethnic problems. Put the accent on "American", and it makes sense. The movie version, now on DVD, follows the book closely. One of the movie's selling points now is the early look at the work of a very young Robert Di Nero, who had just been turned down for a role in the origional [b]THE GODFATHER. It's full of raunchy humor, ethnic digs aimed at laughs, and it achieves that goal. I enjoyed Jimmy Brislen's novel in the 1960s, and I enjoyed seeing this version.
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Elmer OaksReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2022
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An old movie I seen many years ago
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an..Reviewed in the United States on August 30, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Can't hold a candle to the book
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But at least they tried.. Having read the book, it did some scenes to life.. Good but not great as the book.
I wish they would have had a better director..
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars
DeNiro and Villechaize...Together Again
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This hood comedy is a decidedly mixed affair. Most of the film's broad humor is hit or miss, usually miss. There are some moments of inspired comedy here to make it worth your while. What distinguishes the film is a young Robert DeNiro's inspired turn as an Italian thief. DeNiro's work here towers over anything else in the film. His performance here seems to inform his later role as Johnny Boy in Martin Scorsese's classic, "Mean Streets'.
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Sasha KReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not funny, not a mob movie,
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This movie didn't seem to know what it wanted to be and ended up being nothing. Not knowing what to expect I thought I'd either get a mob movie about the Gallos, or a parody of mob mivies, I got neither. The jokes just don't work and there is no substance beyond the jokes.
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Dr. Bill B.Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Back in the day, this was hilarious!
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I lived in the NY area back when this was made. I also used to read Jimmy Breslin and knew the back-stories of the characters and events parodied in this movie. It does not age well into our current culture. People today are uncomfortable with references to - "goombas" and other ethnic label references. Just not relevant today. I have always loved Jerry Orbach and you get to see a very (stress VERY) young Robert DeNero. As I said, back in the day, this was funny. Now barely tolerable.
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carverReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great comedy
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I haven't seen this in decades. Many Italian Americans (I am one) objected to it at the time, so I think it's still banned from TV. I never saw it as terribly offensive. Some screamingly funny scenes.
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Douglas SchifterReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2008
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funny movie
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loved this movie. I remembered it from the time it first was in theaters but never saw the DVD anywhere. The stereotypes are hysterical. Pay attention to the actress playing the italian grandma, she steals the whole movie.
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