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Average: 27.27%
Pretty Bad: 4.55%
Total Crap: 4.55%

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Mad Dog and Glory
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Another crackerjack Richard Price yarn."
4 stars

A terrific little comedy, as well as a showcase for screenwriter Richard Price’s incomparable ear for dialogue.

Robert De Niro is Wayne, a timid Chicago cop sarcastically nicknamed “Mad Dog.” Bill Murray is Frank, a gangster and part-time aspiring stand-up comic whose life Wayne saves. As payback, Frank “gives” Wayne his beautiful bartender Glory (Uma Thurman); when the two fall in love, Wayne tries to figure out a way to get Glory out of Frank’s clutches.

Half the movie’s appeal is its casting against type — not only De Niro as a wimp and Murray as a ruthless goombah, but also director John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) making a mainstream Hollywood romantic comedy (though it does have its violent moments). Mostly, as in the similarly overlooked Night and the City and Kiss of Death, it’s Richard Price’s world. He’s great on the callous jokes cops make to maintain their detachment at crime scenes, even better on confrontation (“Fuck you, and who are you?”), and perhaps best of all on the quiet, hesitant moments between Wayne and his new friends Frank and Glory. (Frank: “You married?” Wayne: “Not personally, no.”)

The ending is unrealistic and a bit of a cop-out, but chances are you won’t care.

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User Comments

5/30/07 Charles Tatum Surprising comedy 4 stars
12/10/04 Kristina Williams I liked it. BIll Murray was CREEPY. 4 stars
10/23/04 UMER murray was better than deniro-overall an OK movie 3 stars
5/14/04 John charming urban fairy tale - good script 4 stars
10/15/03 R.W. Welch Quirky comedy/drama casted against type. Good, once you get what they're doing here. 4 stars
5/21/03 mr. Pink Good acting and a not-bad story, but still strangely unsatisfying 3 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon I liked watching Murray play the Mobster Villain vs. DeNiro. 4 stars
3/08/03 Jack Sommersby Except for a dynamic David Caruso, this is the pits. Atrociously edited. 1 stars
9/12/02 y2mckay Mediocre comedy. Only the fight scene between Caruso and other guy was funny. 2 stars
5/13/02 Dark Baron I always pictured DeNiro's character as myself. Very well done. 5 stars
9/06/01 Reini Urban Sorry, I just like it. 4 stars
7/18/01 INCUBATOR That was a pleasure 4 stars
4/01/01 Jesse L uma was nice to look at, but stupid as usual. deniro not at his best 3 stars
3/15/01 Richard Wright Very forgettable De Niro vehicle, watchable but won't go down as one of his classics. 3 stars
11/04/99 Karahde Khan Worth renting for the great performances, but the Hollywod cuteness & happy ending ruin it. 3 stars
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  05-Mar-1993 (R)



Directed by
  John McNaughton

Written by
  Richard Price

  Robert DeNiro
  Bill Murray
  Uma Thurman
  David Caruso
  Kathy Baker

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