Mad Dog and Glory
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|Mad Dog and Glory|
|Directed by||John McNaughton|
|Produced by||Steven A. Jones
Barbara De Fina
|Written by||Richard Price|
|Starring||Robert De Niro
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein
|Editing by||Elena Maganini
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|Release dates||March 5, 1993|
|Running time||97 minutes|
|Box office||$11,081,586 (USA)|
Wayne Dobie (De Niro) is a meek Chicago Police Department crime scene photographer who has spent years on the job without ever drawing his gun; his colleagues jokingly call him "Mad Dog". Mad Dog saves the life of mob boss Frank Milo (Murray) during a hold-up in a convenience store. Milo offers Mad Dog a gift in return: for one week, he will have the "personal services" of Glory (Thurman), a young woman who works as a bartender at Milo's club.
Mad Dog learns that Glory is trying to pay off a personal debt and wants nothing to do with Milo beyond that. After an awkward start, they fall in love. Mad Dog wants her to move into his apartment, but Milo has no intention of losing Glory permanently. Milo says that Mad Dog has to pay $40,000 to give Glory her freedom, and sends one of his thugs to back up this threat. Mad Dog's partner, Mike (Caruso), fights the thug on Mad Dog's behalf.
Mad Dog does his best to get the money but falls short by $12,500. Knowing that Mike can no longer fight his battles, he works up the courage to fight for Glory himself, and ends up fighting with Milo in the street. Fed up, Milo washes his hands of Mad Dog and lets Glory go with no strings attached.
- Robert De Niro as Wayne 'Mad Dog' Dobie
- Uma Thurman as Glory
- Bill Murray as Frank Milo
- David Caruso as Mike
- Mike Starr as Harold
- Tom Towles as Andrew the Beater
- Kathy Baker as Lee
- Derek Annunciation as Shooter
- Doug Hara as Driver
- Evan Lionel as Dealer in Car
- Anthony Cannata as Pavletz
- J. J. Johnston as Shanlon
- Guy Van Swearingen as Cop
- Jack Wallace as Tommy the Bartender
- Richard Belzer as M.C. / Comic
Changes after test screenings
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According to a profile of producer Steven A. Jones written by Luke Ford, the film was delayed by a year because of studio-required changes. Jones and director McNaughton were contractually required to deliver the film with no changes to the script written by Price. Universal test-screened the film, then insisted on reshooting the film's final scene. As written, when Milo and Mad Dog fight, Milo dominates Mad Dog. Mad Dog's one connecting punch did no damage, but did serve to prompt Milo to realize that Glory was not worth fighting over.
It was reshot to respond to an audience typecasting of De Niro, who they saw as the Raging Bull he had played more than a decade earlier. Those who saw the test screenings could not accept the fact that De Niro's Mad Dog had done so poorly against Murray's Milo. Such a reaction was ironic because De Niro had actually been offered the Milo role, and had insisted on the Mad Dog role instead precisely because of its meekness.
Other reshoots for the film were done to make Glory seem less manipulative and Milo more of a puppetmaster behind Glory's actions.
- Mad Dog and Glory at the Internet Movie Database
- Mad Dog and Glory at Rotten Tomatoes
- Mad Dog and Glory at Box Office Mojo
- Profile of producer Steven A. Jones, with details about the film, from the webblog of Luke Ford
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