Despite what people say, I have come to the conclusion that this crime comedy is actually really funny. Just having watched it for the fourth time or so, it hasn‚(TM)t bored me yet, which counts for something, I should think. True, some of the slapstick stuff is over the top (Big Momma, the nonchalance surrounding death and Mafia funerals, the lion ‚" which, by the way, changes from a lioness into a lion in the course of the movie ‚" or at least the manes become a lot longer), but the basis is very good. Jerry Orbach (as gang leader Kid Sally) and Lionel Stander (as Mafia boss Baccala) make this one worth while. One detail in particular that I liked a lot is the running commentary of the press, which is often synchronous to the events themselves. This also shows how serious crime had become in the early seventies: gangs seemed to be ruling the world and none of the authorities could do something about it (chief of police being backed into a corner by the lion, mayor with disinterested wife throwing up in the toilet, etc.). The many funny scenes give us a (tongue-in-cheek) insight into the common practices of criminal gangs (protection rackets, car bombs, gang rivalry, Roman Catholicism as the big excuse). To divert attention and possibly to provide variation on the obvious theme, the director added the character of Mario (a very young Robert de Niro), a petty thief trying to make his way in the world (his ideal world being the USA), linking up with Angela (Leigh Taylor-Young), Kid Sally‚(TM)s decent sister. On the one hand, this addition slows down the action in the second part of the movie. On the other hand, it offers new comedy possibilities, different from the ones we have already seen. Angela and Mario‚(TM)s final separation is kind of contrived, but the final scene of the movie is great again. And there are some scenes I just can‚(TM)t get out of my head, like the one in which Baccala adresses his altar, saying he is willing to ‚giva this creep a last chance. Just for you‚?, and so many similar ones.