A cast like this can steal a lot of audience good will. Peter Boyle... Warren Oates... Allen Garfield... Paul Sorvino... and in the lead, Columbo himself, the beloved Peter Falk. So then, it’s only fitting that they be cast as a pack of thieves.
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.