Mad Dog Time
Comedy Crime Drama
Mad Dog Time
Mob boss Vic returns to business from madhouse. Meanwhile his best and quickest assistant Mickey Holliday is having an affair with Vic's girl Grace Everly and, at the same time, with her sister Rita Everly. What will Vic do? Whom will he kill? Is he really insane and weak? Many other mobsters, including Jake Parker, WackyJacky Jackson and Ben London think he's not so powerful anymore and hope to take his place.
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December 21, 2016 at 6:07 am
Gabriel Byrne steals the show ...
... his version of "My Way" is hysterical (especially after I
that he truly thought - before he heard himself later - that it was Paul
Anka that was out of tune and not himself!) and he gets all the best
That said, I thought Jeff Goldblum was also excellent - more understated
than the rest of the characters which was a good foil for
them.The film is just simply great fun. It's not a classic, clever masterpiece
of its time, but it is immensely enjoyable and well worth seeing at least
Misunderstood yes. Terrible film? Heck no!
Despite the disparaging comments by other reviewers here, and the savaging
this film received by mainstream critics, I've got stand by my original
assessment of the piece which I made in 1996 on its release. This is a
sardonically funny, very well done flick, and I think it's detractor's may
be missing the point a bit by pointing out that it plays like a rough
Were not many of the so called `Rat Pack' movies nothing more than hastily
thrown together vehicles for whatever `Packer' happened to be starring? Of
course it's rough around the edges! Of course it never seems to be getting
its own joke! Unfortunately the joke ends up being on the film itself
because it does its job too well. It looks at the genre from the coatroom,
behind a row of smoke-scented overcoats. If it looks and feels like the
reels were left on a smoky card table for a few weeks before being run -
then it's doing its job. It's that very patina that gives Mad Dog Time
credentials as a well done and mutli-faceted darkly funny movie that
not so much with it's erstwhile Rat Pack brethren as has been suggested so
often, but rather with The Player and other movies whose joy, in part, is
the fact that the players are so clearly having a ball making the thing.
Goldblum and Dreyfuss stand out from an altogether superb cast. Goldblum
his ability to keep the audience guessing as to whether or not he really
feels as confident as his character acts throughout and Dreyfuss for
that nobody in the business can look both smugly amused and supremely
confused at the same time as well as he. That's all I have to say. Now I
think I'll hop home, pack my bags and leave town.
Mad Dog Time/Trigger Happy: Gabriel Byrne
If you are used to seeing Gabriel Byrne in serious roles such as Tom in
Millers Crossing or Keaton in The Usual Suspects I recommend you take a
look at this film. Even if you are not a fan of Gabriel Byrne in
particular, all the actors in this film give really great performances.
If you've got about eleven bucks (that is close to nine quid) I say
order it online, or rent it from you favorite movie rental place.
Guaranteed to make you laugh, whether or not you normally like gangster
type movies. Mad Dog Time/Trigger Happy is one of those movies you
never forget, and find yourself watching over and over. You will talk
about it so much your friends will be begging to borrow it.
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The world is a terrible place. But this movie is farce and it's fun. And if
you don't like it... you don't get it... and if you don't get... it doesn't
matter. It's up to you if you want to play along. Every actor in this one
had fun. It's only a joke. And that's good enough for me. Gabriel Byrne is
priceless. Byrne and Paul Anka doing MY WAY is, as "Vic" puts it, "...the
best version ever".
Okay... it's no masterpiece, but it's not bad. I was warned against seeing
it, but I'm sure glad I did...