Nikki Amdur
September 20, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Top Dog

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Chuck Norris, Timothy Bottoms
director
Aaron Norris
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it an A

One moment, Bogey Ingersol is a corporate raider who’s chauffeured to work in a Silver Cloud. Next thing you know, he’s gone to the dogs — literally. In this ’90s fable that’s a cross between The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Wizard of Oz, Ingersol — a soulless takeover artist who believes that ”if the lion lies down with the sheep, he should get up only when the bones have been picked clean” — is transformed into man’s best friend and cast into a strange land inhabited by wizards, trolls, and a snake who speaks in ”a fruity Oxbridge accent you hear on ‘Masterpiece Theater.”’ Ingersol is caught up in the fight of his life, one that forces him to examine the spell he’s been under back in New York. Top Dog is a captivating romp that explores the eternal tug between good and evil, and the devilish lure of the bottom line. A

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