The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

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The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Review


As much as I like Hervé Villechaize, it's pretty impossible to like much about The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, a mob slapstick comedy that features Tattoo is one of a bunch of hapless thugs who want to get rid of the local heavy (Lionel Stander) so they can take over in his stead. Too bad the crew, you know, can't shoot straight... and though they try endlessly to get rid of him, they just can't manage to do it.

That's pretty much the story, with rising star Robert De Niro strangely inserted into the movie to take advantage of his upcoming celebrity (he's a bicycle racer that falls for the gang leader's (Jerry Orbach) kid sister (Leigh Taylor-Young, completely lost here). The bulk of the film has Orbach and co. scheming endlessly to off Stander's Baccala, and over and over it fails to amuse us, even when a live lion is thrown into the mix. That's the film. If it weren't for Villechaize, there'd be nary a laugh in the whole movie, and even that kind of comedy is hardly highbrow.

Skip it.



The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight

Facts and Figures

Run time: 96 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st July 1972

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: James Goldstone

Starring: as Kid Sally, as Angela, as Big Momma, as Mario

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