- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 2, 2004
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/05/1993
"...Almost unconscionably enjoyable....[De Niro and Murray] play against type with [invigorating ease]..."
Variety - 03/01/1993
"...A pleasurably offbeat picture that manages the rare trick of being both charming and edgy....[The] film has the look of having been handcrafted to perfection..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/12/1993
"...A light-spirited urban fairy tale....Its atmosphere is one of moonstruck romanticism....De Niro is poky, bashful, quietly sympathetic..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/05/1993
"...The movie is very funny....It's humor born of personality quirks and the style of the performances..."
Premiere - 12/01/2004
"[The film] boasts a good Richard Price script, pungent performances, and a convincing intimacy."
MAD DOG AND GLORY is a hilarious take on a bizarre love triangle between three vastly contrasting individuals. Robert De Niro stars as Wayne "Mad Dog" Dobie, a cop who wants desperately to be an artist. After interrupting a holdup and saving the life of mobster Frank Milo (Bill Murray), his life takes a dramatic turn. Milo, a gangster with the desire (if not the talent) to become a stand-up comic, rewards Wayne by lending him his girlfriend, Glory (Uma Thurman), for one week, a week in which Mad Dog, initially repulsed by the idea of Milo's gift, gradually begins to fall in love with Glory.
The amusing running theme of characters wishing to be something they're not is bolstered throughout by strong stereotype-shattering performances by the two male leads. The ironic casting of longtime goofball Murray as a gangster and De Niro (fresh off his prototypical 1991 role as a vengeful ex-convict in CAPE FEAR) as a timid cop is both thought-provoking and hilarious. Director John McNaughton, known for the inimitable mixture of gory violence and grim humor in films such as HENRY PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER and THE BORROWER, also plays against type, using a lighter touch in MAD DOG AND GLORY to great effect. The result is a jubilant, cockeyed romp that grapples with the ancient riddles of fate and destiny.
Wayne, the timorous artist-cop mockingly dubbed Mad Dog by fellow officers, happens by a bodega where he intercepts a holdup and saves mobster Frank Milo from catching a bullet. Milo, a gangster with a comedic side, shows his appreciation by giving his girlfriend, Glory, to Wayne for one week. She's a wistfully beautiful young woman who'd rather not be the prize in this strange payback.
- Novelist-screenwriter Richard Price makes a cameo appearance as a police detective.