The lion’s share of any specific praise for Bright Angel tends to go to Lili Taylor, a still-fresh face on the scene at the time. The role of Lucy is manna for any actor, a character both laid bare while also impenetrable.
Mad Dog and Glory stands as a prime anomaly on several fronts. It’s a studio film by an established independent filmmaker (McNaughton was reeled in for this by no less than Martin Scorsese). It’s a gruff cop movie that’s actually a quirky character study mired in grace. It’s a bold Bill Murray film that no one ever mentions. It’s not what anyone expected at the time but has aged extremely well. Cheers to Kino Lorber for letting this glorious dog out again, and in fine form.