Rated: R For language, nudity and sexual content. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 5, 1993 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Robert DeNiro plays Wayne, a quiet, homicide policeman who photographs crime scenes. He's nicknamed "Mad Dog" by the other cops to make fun of his low-key personality.
He lives alone in a Chicago walkup. He's a caring neighbor and a nice guy. His life is predictable and mundane, until he meets Frank Milo (Bill Murray).
Wayne walks into a convenience store during a holdup and talks the thief, who's a holdup and talks the thief, who's already killed the store owner, out of killing Milo.
Milo, a loan shark is charming one minute and over-the-edge the next. He promises Wayne that he's the "expeditor of his dreams" and will be his friend as long as Wayne doesn't cross him. The next morning, Glory (Uma Thurman - Dangerous Liaisons) shows up at Wayne's door for a week of companionship to pay him back for saving Milo's life. Glory explains that she's working off a debt that her brother owes Milo.
Wayne falls for Glory and when the week's up doesn't want her to return to Milo. The film climaxes with the two men have a knockdown, drag-out fist fight over her in the streets,
The supporting characters, played by David Caruso as Wayne's macho partner and Mike Starr as Milo's weak-minded, strong arm, are both very funny.
DeNiro and Murray seem to have exchanged roles here, and the result is an interesting and unpredictable pleasure.
Murray is totally believable as Milo, a multi-shaded character and DeNiro is funny and sweet as the lonely guy who falls in love.
DeNiro usually takes chances with his performances, but Murray shows he's also surprisingly good at the unexpected, which makes this well-made, well-acted comedy/drama an entertaining experience.
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