Not a movie for everyone, but this movie is in my top 10. I am a lover of black comedy. With a cast including Richard Dreyfus Vic , Jeff Goldblum Mick , Larry Bishop Nick and Gabriel Byrne Ben 'Brass Balls' London in the leads, the lines can't help but be dry. The supporting cast is nearly dead center. Counting the minor flaws in the movie: Ellen Barkin's make-up gave her face has a washed out look; there were a couple of gimme cameos by Joey Bishop and Richard Pryor that served no purpose, and Michael J. Pollard's screen time was too short. Over all, the cast was <more>
just incredible without egos to wreck a fine script. If you have seen Larry Bishop's writer, director film, Underworld a dark crime flick , you will enjoy this one. His next outing writer, director, actor is Hell Ride with Michael Madsen and Quentin Tarantino.
This a superb self-contained work that is unconnected with anything before or after. Brat Pack crooning and club exclusivity are not my biscuits of choice, but in this law-free world they make an alluring ambiance. The film is packed with Our Guys, distinctive actors who add distinction to this work with winning performances. The dialogue is a joy. In fact it's a new vernacular. One of the few films that can be watched repeatedly with deepening appreciation.Highpoints include Billy Idol's British loutishness, Ben London's vulturine brassware, Kyle's squirmishness, and the <more>
Most of the comments have been positive but I would like to add that viewers should also focus on the sets. The set designer used a lot of beautiful art deco treatments along with beautiful buildings, stairs, doors, furniture and so forth. It is worth paying attention to. The movie is driven by characterization and symbolism which is very rich. All the gangster actors were cast - it was like seeing old friends and it was a treat. The dialog was amusing at times but stilted at times and I suppose it was meant to be that way. This is a film buff's film. It was made by people, for people who <more>
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...
Strange and Interesting, a Classic of film art (by rekall1900)
If the Godfather can be rated as the greatest of realistic crime or gangster movies then Mad Dog Time should be rated as the greatest of surrealistic movies. This is a film which takes the serious reality of the mob world of killers and shows them in a strange weird way that should rate this film as one of the great films of the cinema art. It is like watching mobsters in a way the painter Picasso viewed reality with his famous Cubism. In some ways it is Film Noir but in other ways it is comic and even romantic. If you want to see a different kind of crime movie that is well acted and whose <more>
meaning may be no more than the art of strange film or showing what creative film making can do, then catch this one.
This movie is great. Simply. It is rare that you find a comedy with levels, and this is a bloody good example of such. When I saw this movie first, as the credit rolled, a friend and I looked to one another and asked... 'did you just catch that?' For those doubters, look at the levels. See the comparisons between Vick and the people in the club, the DNA! See the diverse characters, each jostling for position, and if you see nothing else, see the connection between the cure of Vick and the path through the film. IT'S ALL IN VICK'S HEAD! The opening line about Vick's world. <more>
The closing scene with the camera going into Vick's head, and inside, a whole universe! Thoroughly quotable, wonderful cartoon gangsters, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
It stands out because it´s different. You like it or you don´t. (by ferdiepojke)
When seeing this movie you should take notice to that it´s not a normal movie. It has no real story just characters, a bunch of gangster characters who come together in a perfect harmony. The dialogue is wonderful, you can just lay back and listen. The movie stands out thats why it´s hard to find a right way of describing it.Thats why the user comments on this movie is so mixed.I for one love the movie and recommend it to all who love one-liners and things that differ from the "normal". You can´t really put the finger on what´s so wonderful about it it´s just a comical world <more>
where gangsters rule. A place of love and danger. A movie that you can see more than one time.
An enjoyably off-center black comic parody of gangster movies (by Woodyanders)
Loopy, but shrewd and formidable mob boss Vic an excellent performance by Richard Dreyfuss gets released from a mental hospital. Several of Vic's fellow criminal cohorts who include volatile henchman "Brass Balls" Ben London a gloriously manic and over-the-top hammy portrayal by Gabriel Byrne , the smarmy Jake Parker a perfectly smug Kyle MacLachlan , and vicious rival "Wacky" Jacky Jackson a neat turn by Burt Reynolds all try to bump Vic off. Meanwhile, laid-back and self-assured hit-man Mickey Holliday nicely played with low-key confidence by Jeff Goldblum <more>
finds himself caught in the middle of all this deadly lunacy. Writer/director Larry Bishop brings a supremely hip, quirky, and original idiosyncratic sensibility to this deliciously dark and deadpan pitch-black comedy about betrayal, loyalty, and ruthless ambition run dangerously amok. The bang-up cast have a field day with the colorfully grotesque rogues' gallery of blithely amoral and treacherous hoodlums: Ellen Barkin as tough, sultry moll Rita Everly, Henry Silva as Vic's reliable right-hand man Sleepy Joe Carisle, Gregory Hines as philosophical smoothie Jules Flamingo, Diane Lane as Vic's sweet, perky mistress Grace, Billy Drago as the slimy Wells, and Christopher Jones as brutish rub-out artist Nicholas Falco. Bishop makes the most of his juicy secondary role as lethal and laconic ace assassin Nick. Popping up in nifty bits are Billy Idol as a blustery thug, Michael J. Pollard as the ill-fated Red, Joey Bishop as mortician Mr. Gottlieb, Rob Reiner as a jolly chauffeur, and Richard Pryor as Jimmy the Gravedigger. Byrne's delightfully insane duet with singer Paul Anka on "My Way" rates as a definite sidesplitting highlight. A tense and amusing climactic Mexican stand-off likewise tickles the funny bone something hysterical. Frank Byers' slick cinematography, the outrageously nutty dialogue, Earl Rose's jazzy cocktail lounge score, and a choice soundtrack of vintage swinging golden oldies all further enhance the engagingly peculiar charm of this immensely entertaining one-of-a-kind curio.
" He's Insured! He has a Grace up his sleeve " (by thinker1691)
It used to be in the sixties, that with enough money, clout or talent, a man could not only Write, Produce, Direct and even star in the same film. Well, here's one. If you look closely enough, you can see writer, Directer and producer, Larry Bishop in this surprise hit called " Mad Dog Time. " Of course, if you look closer, you can recognize a whole Plethora of great stars in the same film. The movie tells the story of Vic, a Mob Boss Richard Dreyfuss who lost his mind and was institutionalized. Unfortunately, for his organization, he is now due to be released and Woe betide <more>
his henchmen for conspiring to remove him and take over the outfit. Jeff GoldBlum stars as Mickey Holliday, his right hand man and the fastest shooter around. It is he who must now answer the most serious questions to Vic as to what the gang has been doing in his absence. Gabriel Byrne, Henry Silva, Michael J. Pollard and Gregory Hines, head the list of all the people who work for the boss, unlike Burt Reynolds who top the list of enemies, like Joey Bishop, Kyle MacLachlan, Billy Idol, Billy Drago and Christopher Jones. Other Hollywood notables like Paul Anka, Richard Pryor and Rob Reiner also make very brief appearances. Still, this black comedy is a good story, but one must pay attention, else the plot can escape you. Some tense and exciting moments are reserved for the ending. Indeed, the lavish sets, beautiful Women or Molls, Goldblum's youthful and stylish characterization lend their weight to give this movie a nod towards eventually becoming a gangster Classic. Recommended for those who seek a civilized man's movie. ****