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The Director Who Couldn't Shoot Straight
- Ken Shuttleworth
What a softball ptich, a satire on the New York-based mob that came out before The Godfather. Cudda been a contender for a true American classic. It just rambles despite the best efforts of a young Jerry Orbach, rest in peace. Great idea but turned out tedious. Some of the great directors of today (WIlson, Scorcese, among many others) cudda blown the doors off with this concept. For one thing, the media are a juicy target for having carried the dead body of Mafia romance long after it died a natural death with last rites administered by Sammy the Bull more than 25 years ago. Too late now. The underworld now dominated by Asians, Russians and Albanians -- and they're just made for good satire.
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
VERY under-rated "mob comedy". with a lot of funny quips, esp from Lionel Stander as the old Mafia "Mustache Pete" Baccala and sight gags esp with the lion. pretty much non-stop laughs as "Kid Sally" Palumbo's crew screw up one "play" or "score" after another. the total incompetence of everyone involved, from the Kid Sally gang to Baccala's crew to the Mayor and Police makes it a hilarious movie. I would rate it 4 stars of 5