Chicago evidence detective Wayne Dobie (Robert De Niro) is a shy, soft-spoken man who hasn't drawn his gun in fifteen years. His fellow cops have jokingly nicknamed him "Mad Dog" for his lack of guts. But when Dobie inadvertently saves the life of Frank Milo (Bill Murray), a local gangster and loan shark who moonlights as a stand-up comic, he becomes the unwilling recipient of an unusual thank you present: a beautiful young bartender named Glory (Uma Thurman) for one week. Before the week is out, the two have fallen deeply in love, making for a potentially murderous showdown with Milo. Now Dobie must at last live up to his "Mad Dog" nickname or it will be "no guts, no glory" in this unique and heartwarming comedy.
The first half of the film was great. Two of my favourite actors, De Niro and Murray, were giving it their all in this tale of a shy police photographer and aspiring comedian, but somehow when Uma Thurman comes into Mad Dog's life it all goes a bit pear shape. However, De Niro shows a different side to his usual character, that of the hard man, and becomes a comedian. It comes off too, even down to the sight of him appearing quite a short man, whereas big Bill seems very tall. The end is rather confusing, but the film is well worth a watch.