Mad Dog and Glory

1993

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78% · 32 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.2/10 10 22825 22.8K

Top cast

Robert De Niro as Wayne 'Mad Dog' Dobie
Bill Murray as Frank Milo
Uma Thurman as Glory
Kathy Baker as Lee
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1 hr 37 min
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1 hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Vomitron_G 7 / 10

Curious, sweet and enjoyable

Up to the point when I saw MAD DOG AND GLORY, I had only seen 4 John McNaughton-movies. WILD THINGS and NORMAL LIFE were two very decent crime/drama/thriller-movies which I both liked a lot. The ones which I probably enjoyed the most were the dark & obscure HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and the fun horrorfest THE BORROWER. The last two, however, suffered a bit from lack of decent pacing, probably caused by a screenplay ignoring the conventional rules of writing. This clearly being symptoms of McNaughton's earlier work, MAD DOG AND GLORY also suffers a bit from it. But I will most certainly not hold it against him because it helps create that off-beat feeling you can find in his earlier work. That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with MAD DOG AND GLORY, except for one little disappointment (I'll come to that later).

The story is interesting and, considering the cast, sounds very promising. Robert De Niro plays Wayne'Mad Dog'Dobie, a rather timid cop/crime-photographer who isn't to keen on pulling his gun. One day, when walking into a nightshop he saves the life of gangster/stand-up comedian Frank Milo (Bill Murray). As a thank-you-gift Frank offers Glory (Uma Thurman) to Wayne. She can be his girlfriend for one week. As one might predict, the two will fall in love before the week is over.

Technically, you could describe this movie as a romantic comedy (with a touch of crime & drama). And though it's not my favorite genre, I can only appreciate a man like McNaughton giving a shot at it. And he pulls it off well, but not without giving it that touch of his. For instance, the opening-scene is very violent for this type of film, the sex-scene rather explicit (Uma Thurman goes surprisingly nude in that scene) and the dialogues are NOT too sugary or buttery. So, extra points for ignoring the romantic comedy-clichés as well as for casting De Niro and Murray against type.

The acting is, as you can expect, very good, but unfortunately real fireworks between the actors never happen (that's the little disappointment I mentioned). Nevertheless, it's always fun seeing De Niro and Murray do their thing and they certainly do have their moments in this movie. Especially Murray (just watch the introduction of his character). The ending is not your clearly defined 'happy-end' and the final confrontation between De Niro and Murray is different then you'd expect and over before you know it. That may not sound so good, but believe me, it works (as a result of the off-beat pacing of the screenplay). David Caruso's performance is also 'très naturel' and he seems comfortable as De Niro's helping friend. Caruso's fight with Mike Starr is one of the highlights of the movie.

So, in the end we have a well-acted enjoyable comedy/drama with touches of the sweet and the violent. Whether you like it or not, you can not ignore the fact that it dares to be different on some levels. For me it's clear: I'm off to see the other John McNaughton-movies I haven't seen yet.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 7 / 10

Mad Dogs,but no sign of English Men at all!!.

When renting out DVD's from my local library during the Christmas period, (due to them letting you keep them for 3 weeks,instead of the normal 1 week) I have always intensionally kept away from renting Mad Dog & Glory,due to the movie sounding extremely dry.

Taking a look recently at IMDb's list of movies that came out in 1993,due to deciding that I would take part in a poll being held on IMDb's Classic Film board for the best films of 1993,I was surprised to discover,that along with Groundhog Day being brought out in 1993,that Mad Dog and Glory had also been released in the same year.Pushing my doubts over the title being "dry",I decided to finally have a look at the movie,to discover how mad Mad Dog really is.

The plot:

Investigating a recent gang-land shooting with his close friend,and fellow Police Officer Mike,Officer Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie decides to take a short break from the crime scene, (so that he can make sense of how he suspects the shooting took place) and go to a near by local shop to pick up a snack.

Entering the shop,Dobie discovers an armed robber,who after shooting the store's owner,is now holding a customer hostage.Nagoiating with the robber,Wayne allows for the thief to run free,as he drags the still alive costumer to safety.Expecting to get thanked for saving his life,Mad dog is instead left in a daze,when the customer kindly tells him that he is a disgrace to the police force.

The next day:

Reluctantly accepting an offer from his fellow officers to go to a Comedy club,Dobie is surprised to discover that the ungrateful customer who he saved,is actually a stand up comedian called Frank Milo,whose jokes cause Wayne's fellow officer's to row in the aisles.Meeting up with Milo after his performance,Frank tells Mad Dog that he is sorry for how nasty he had talked to him,mere minutes after his life had been saved,and that to make it up to Dobie,he is going to become his best friend,and give him a night on the town that he will never forget.

Enjoying every moment of Frank's generosity (which includes being introduced to a dizzy,but very cute girl called Glory")Mad Dog begins to fear that his new "best friend" may be up to something more darker than just delivering his Black Comedy punchlines,when the robber who held Milo hostage at the convenience store is finally located,dead in a dustbin.

View on the film:

Setting the movie literally alight in the first scene,by using the flicking of a cigarette lighter to take the movie from a black and white Film Noir appearance,to being a darkly-neon lit, Neo-Noir world.Director John McNaughton and cinematography Robby Muller prominently use a dusty yellow filter for a number of scenes,which helps to create a deeply murky atmosphere of Milo's back street ally gangster life blending in,and corrupting Dobie's straight-lace police force.Along with the terrific use of the yellow filter,McNaughton also shows a superb eye for complex camera moves,which McNaughton expertly uses to show the change in Glory's and "Mad Dog's" relationship,which goes from nervous and stilted to flamboyant and complex.

Taking on a different role to the one that the studio originally wanted him to take (Milo),Robert De Niro gives a strong,off-beat performance as Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie,with De Niro always making sure that the situation that Wayne finds himself in is never joked upon,but instead allowing for the Black Comedy element to really enter the movie,by showing that no matter how "Mad" he tries to make himself look,Wayne is not able to get rid of the goofy smile that goes across his face,as he finds himself failing upwards in Dobie's attempt to not back down from the powerful Milo.

Contrasting De Niro's performance perfectly,Bill Murray unveils a wonderful sternness as Frank Milo,which along with giving his very good one-liners extra spikes,also makes Milo a surprisingly ruthless character,with Murray showing Frank to take people either as his "best friends",or as his enemies.Placed right in the middle of Milo and Dobie,the beautiful Uma Thurman (who also appears topless in the film) compliments Murray's seriousness and De Nero's goofiness by showing Glory's nerves to be torn up by the Neo-Noir world that she has been living in with Frank,with Thurman showing that Glory's main dream is to leave the darkness behind,and enter Frank's kooky and goofy world.

Being sadly changed by the studio, that led to the release of the movie being delayed for a year,the dark screenplay by Richard Price mixes a dark and vicious Neo-Noir with sharp and brittle Black Comedy one liners,that are disappointingly not allowed to show there full set of teeth due to the replacement ending being uncomfortably cheerful,and also due to Frank Milo weirdly disappearing for half the movie,which leads to this being a Neo-Noir whose bite is not worse than its bark.

Reviewed by johnnyboyz 6 / 10

One of those lost films that everybody would've hated had it not been for the cast but should still give a go regardless.

Most things in Mad Dog and Glory work. The film uses humour, a love story, cross casting and a scrape of suspense well and at various different intervals. What doesn't work are the overall frustrations that bog the film down. The premise is so simple, watching it might make you think you've seen it a hundred times before but that doesn't detract too much. De Niro plays a role that I hadn't seen him play before and must admit, I didn't think he had it in him following other such performances like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Ronin where he played various different roles with various different aims. Here he pulls off the nervous, shy photographer whom just goes about his business and although it takes some getting used to, it's a pleasant surprise.

He can be contrasted with Bill Murray's character of Frank Milo who is a criminal/mob boss that is saved by De Niro's character following a gun point robbery. What's clever about this fact is that Murray is playing the character De Niro normally plays and vice-versa. Throughout the film, the script is consistent. Mad Dog (De Niro) gets to confess some jokes to Milo since he also works as a stand up comic; something we're more familiar to Bill Murray doing, and the awkward exchanges between Mad Dog and Glory (Thurman) also evoke some emotions.

Uma Thurman is just about 'put-upable' in this film. Her character is right on that fine-line you get that separates 'likeable' and 'annoying' in a very distinct way. Once more, the overall treatment of the female characters also stands out in a rather obvious way. At the bars, it's all women who run around serving the men who sit there and enjoy themselves; the character of Glory, as I've said, has a dopey, annoying voice and is someone whom is to phone Milo on instructions. Glory isn't very smart either and when, nearer the end in a heated exchange between Mad Dog and Milo, Milo yells 'You love her? I OWN her!' it's really made to seem like the screenwriter has something against the female side of our species.

Although the film is pretty much consistent throughout in its subject matter with Mad Dog and Glory spending enough time with one another to begin to like each other, Frank Milo remaining a constant, background friend and foe alike; it falters towards the end when certain characters try to raise money and the ending is such a horrible, happy, un-realistic ending – it actually leaves a bad taste in the mouth when the feeling should be very different. Sure, I was happy for the characters involved but it was too generic. Reading up on it, I found that there were two endings meaning that even the makers were undecided.

Regarding Uma Thurman, this is a film of hers I feel I never would have seen had it not been for some dedicated searching and I was certainly very surprised when the sex scenes with De Niro came along since I'd always assumed she'd done Dangerous Liasons in 1988 and then nothing until 1994's Pulp Fiction which then, kick-started what was a series of successful, well known films. The reason for my surprise is that I never hear anyone mention this film as one of either Thurman's or De Niro's best. It's true that it's far from great but the sheer surprise at realising both had done this film in their careers is enough to realise and to respect the acting talent involved. From now on, when people speak of Uma Thurman or Robert De Niro, this is a film of their's I will bring up and probably recommend.

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