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Mad Dog Time (1996)

Mad Dog Time




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A group of mobsters fight for control in this satirical comedy-drama. Vic (Richard Dreyfuss) is a not-especially-stable crime boss who -- following a spell in a mental hospital after being diagnosed with schizophrenia -- is sent home and is ready to resume his place as supreme leader of the mob. Mickey Holliday (Jeff Goldblum), Vic's enforcer and right hand man, is trying to get everything squared away for Vic's return, which may complicate his personal life, since he's been having an affair with Vic's girlfriend Grace (Diane Lane), as well as her sister Rita (Ellen Barkin). While Vic has been away, a number of other gangsters have been squabbling over who will take control of his territories, including Jake Parker (Kyle MacLachlan), Jules Flamingo (Gregory Hines), and Jacky Johnson (Burt Reynolds). However, it's the seriously eccentric Ben London (Gabriel Byrne) who turns out to be Mickey's and Vic's most potent rival as the various gangsters shoot it out over who gets what piece of the pie. Inspired in part by the "Rat Pack" crime flicks of the 1960s -- such as Ocean's Eleven and Robin and the Seven Hoods -- Mad Dog Time (also released under the title Trigger Happy) was written and directed by former actor Larry Bishop, son of Rat Packer Joey Bishop, who pops up in a small role. Larry's co-star from Wild in the Streets, Christopher Jones, appears in a supporting role as a gunman; it was his first film appearance since Ryan's Daughter in 1970.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Bishop
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2004
MGM/United Artists


Jeff Goldblum
as Mickey Holliday
Gregory Hines
as Jules Flamingo
Burt Reynolds
as `Wacky' Jacky Jackso...
Billy Idol
as Lee Turner
Rob Reiner
as Albert the Chauffeur
Joey Bishop
as Mr. Gottlieb
Paul Anka
as Danny Marks
Richard Pryor
as Jimmy the Gravedigge...
Christopher Jones
as `Nicholas Falco'
Angie Everhart
as Gabriella
Henry Silva
as Sleepy Joe Carlisle
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Critic Reviews for Mad Dog Time

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

The first movie I have seen that does not improve on the sight of a blank screen viewed for the same length of time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 8, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mad Dog Time

I really enjoyed this bit of satirical mayhem as a full on cast of stars, go ahead, count 'em, rip through undiscovered treasure of a gag on I'm-tougher-than-you mob films that I'd never even heard of before. Gabe Byrne particularly sparkles, given crazy dialogue, but then everyone's great. A very nice surprise.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


An alternate reality, gangster flick. Slow paced, but still really enjoyed it. Proof that movie critics and myself are diametrically opposed in what we look for in movies. Plus, Billy Idol has a cameo. I wouldn't classify it as a comic-caper movie - it's a tad more serious, but still has some laughs.

Craig Walters

Successfully earns it's "poopariffic" status. This is a dull film that is semi-hilariously punctuated by people being shot. That idea is kinda funny, but after like 3 times it gets really repetitive. Also Richard Pryor and Rob Reiner cameos for no reason.

Mad Dog Time Quotes

Nick: This truth shit is fun, does anyone else have something they would like to share with the group?
– Submitted by Victoria A (2 years ago)

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