Now here's a switcheroo: In a movie about a mild-mannered police photographer who is befriended by a swaggering gangster, Bill Murray
plays the gangster and Robert De Niro
plays the photographer. Directed by John McNaughton from a script by Richard Price, this comedy-drama has its moments but never quite lifts off. De Niro plays a shy type nicknamed Mad Dog who accidentally saves Murray's life. In gratitude, Murray "gives" him a girl, Glory (Uma Thurman
), who is supposed to satisfy his needs and make him feel good. Instead, the photographer falls in love with her. When the gangster wants her back, the photographer says no, triggering an unlikely showdown. Murray is scarily funny as a mobster who wants to be a standup comic, but De Niro plays this nonentity as, well, a nonentity. Thurman is luminous; who wouldn't want to fight over her? --Marshall Fine
Mad Dog (Robert De Niro) is a mild-mannered forensic policeman who finally pulls his gun and intervenes during a hold-up, saving the life of local hoodlum and stand-up comic Frank Milo (Bill Murray). In gratitude Milo loans his protector a beautiful waitress by the name of Glory (Uma Thurman) for one week. Inevitably, Mad Dog falls for Glory and tries to make the arrangement more permanent.