Cinema: Cicro

THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT

Directed by JAMES GOLDSTONE

Screenplay by WALDO SALT

You don't have to be Italian to hate The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, although that gives you a distinct edge. The movie's febrile witlessness easily transcends all ethnic boundaries and comes guaranteed to outrage virtually everybody.

Italians, however, might—perhaps ought—to take special offense. Jimmy Breslin's comic novel recorded the exploits of a sad-sack mob of Brooklyn hoods with good-humored scorn. Waldo Salt's chaotic script turns Breslin's characters, which were already caricatures, into vicious racial stereotypes. Everyone is either venal, murderous,...

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