My movie this evening was Mad Dog and Glory. If all you knew about this one was that the "Mad Dog" of the title was a cop played by Robert De Niro, you'd figure that the character was a serious badass. In fact, Wayne (De Niro), although he carries a badge and gun, is strictly a crime scene photographer/analyst, and quite a timid fellow--"Mad Dog" is an ironic nickname. One night he walks into a convenience store hold-up and manages to save the life of Frank Milo (Bill Murray), a local mobster who has ambitions of being, get this, a stand-up comic. In gratitude, Frank sends Wayne a "present," by telling one of his employees, Glory (a young Uma Thurman) to be Wayne's "friend for a week." When Wayne and Glory develop genuine feelings for each other, and he learns that she is deeply in debt to Frank, matters get complicated. I liked this one very well. De Niro and Murray, both playing strongly against type, are quite effective and have an odd chemistry. Thurman, in a more passive role than we often see her in, is very appealing--she and De Niro have some very tender moments together. I also liked David Caruso, as Wayne's police partner.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing