The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
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The cast is terrific: Jerry Orbach is perfect for the part of the luckless Sally Palumbo, Jo Van Fleet gives an incredible performance as his creepy mother, Leigh Taylor-Young is both tough and sweet as his little sister, and a young Robert DeNiro is superb as the con-artist Mario. The others, including Herve Villechaize, Lionel Stander, Joe Stantos and Frank Campanella, are all great and there isn't a bad actor in the wide array of supporting players. The story line is also well-written, taking the viewer on one sick and crazy ride through the bowels of both the Mafia and a "typical" Italian family---and who can say which is worse?
Pay close attention when watching this; some jokes are more readily apparent than others. Our personal favorites included: the panties' check done on the little sister by the neighborhood thugs as she heads for school (After which they report to her mother that, yes, she's wearing them.Read more ›
When the action starts, we quickly meet several people: there's Mafia boss Baccala (Lionel Stander) with his buddies including "Water Buffalo" (Frank Campanella). There's also Kid Sally (Jerry Orbach), who is working on a bicycle race project for Baccala (don't ask) and Kid Sally is on pretty good terms with other members of Baccala's group including Beppo (Hervé Villechaize). The bicycle race brings many contestants from Italy; and one of them is the incredibly streetwise Mario (Robert De Niro).
However, all does not go well. The bicycle race is canceled after the wooden indoor track is not completed; and Baccala tells Kid Sally that from now on Kid Sally will only be his chauffeur--and nothing else, no chance for climbing the ladder inside the Mafia world. This certainly does not please Kid Sally's mother Big Momma (Jo Van Fleet, who does this role wonderfully); although his sister Angela (Leigh Taylor-Young) doesn't seem to care.
To make a long story short without spoilers, Mario from Italy strikes up a relationship with Angela; and Kid Sally recruits some of Baccala's men to organize an all-out gang war in Brooklyn where Baccala's offices are located.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie. A classic. If you live near a city that's home to "wise guys" you'll laugh your A** off.Published 7 months ago by George A. Mezalis
I had it on tape and read the book. If you are Italian you can really relate to what goes on. Grandma did a suburb job!Published 11 months ago by Vincent Nuzzolo
Fun. Jo Van Fleet (as Big Mama) is worth seeing. She's great.Published 11 months ago by Claudia Barr
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