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Mad Dog Time (1996)

Mad Dog Time




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Movie Info

In this Rat-Pack spoof, Vic is a crime boss who is about to be released from a mental hospital. Vic's top man Ben orders anyone who has ever crossed Vic to be killed. Mickey should be first, but he is the only one who knows where Vic's girlfriend is.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
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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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

This is one of those facinating train wrecks where you wonder how it got the cast and got made. Larry Bishop is Joey Bishop's kid, so I guess he's connected.

What does he decide to do with that? Make a kinda/sorta update/tribute to rat pack films. (Not my choice, but I find this more interesting than the Ocean's series.)

There's a convoluted story about a gangster boss coming back from a stay at the looney bin and the hitman that's been running the operation in his absence. (??!!)

It's got some OK performances from Diane Lane, Ellen Barkin and Richard Dreyfuss. Then there's some way out there stuff from Kyle MacLachlan and Gabriel Byrne. Somewhere in the middle is Jeff Goldblum looking like he might nod out from ludes at any minute, but trying to stay awake long enough to say his lines.

It's all put together so bizarrely that you can't look away. You can't believe the names associated with this and you spend as much time wondering how much they got paid and who ponied up the money? Your brain is more keen to know the behind the scenes story than the one being presented. Still, I'm curious enough to still want to see his next effort currently available: Hell Riders.

Brad West

Mickey Holliday (Goldblum) is as cool as you like. He's quick on the trigger, he's a hit with the ladies and he's got style coming out his ears. Unfortunately for him, he has been a hit with the wrong lady - his boss' girl, Grace Everley (Diane Lane - "Knight Moves"). His gangster boss, Vic (Dreyfuss - "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Stakeout", "Lost in Yonkers") is getting out of prison (well, more specifically the nuthouse) in a couple of days and he is none too happy with the antics of Mickey. Pulling the strings in Vic's absence is motormouth, Ben London (Byrne - "Millers Crossing", "The Usual Suspects") who tends to believe in his own abilities a little more than everyone else does. He warns Mickey of what is going to happen when Vic gets out.

But Mickey says that he is finished with Grace and is instead involved with her sister, Rita (Ellen Barkin - "Sea of Love", "The Fan"). Mickey makes ready cash on the side by challenging other trigger-happy gangsters to a shoot-out normally arranged by his mentor, Jules Flamingo (Gregory Hines). Some of the other gunslingers looking to take over from Holliday include Lee Turner (former British rocker, Billy Idol) and Nicholas Falco (Christopher Jones). Fellow gnagsters Jake Parker (Kyle McLacLachlan) and Jacky Jackson (Burt Reynolds) are keen to eliminate Mickey in order to get closer to Vic's empire.

"Trigger Happy" (aka "Mad Dog Time") delivers a host of extravagant colourful characters and places them in tense and comic situations, sometimes simultaneously. Infact "Trigger Happy" is probably one of those films that could purport to be a jack of all trades and be a master of none. The jokes are at times, frankly, sad. For example, the snappy dialogue which includes the Vic, Mick (Mickey) and Nick (Nicholas Falco) names in quick succession and plays it as a 'joke' is very lacking. But on the other side there are some excellent one-liners from the witty Ben London.

Goldblum is very smooth here, Dreyfuss is his usual qualty self, Diane Lane and Ellen Barkin are very sexy. Enjoyable stuff for sure but not everyone's cup of tea, I wouldn't think.

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