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Quick Change (1990)



Critic Consensus: Quick Change makes the most of its clever premise with a smartly skewed heist comedy that leaves plenty of room for its talented cast to shine.

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Bill Murray co-directed (along with Howard Franklin) this mixture of The Out-of-Towners and After Hours, concerning Grimm (Bill Murray), a frustrated city planner who is fed up with the corruption and venality of New York City. Getting together a couple of accomplices -- Phyllis (Geena Davis), who admires Grimm for his audacity, and Loomis (Randy Quaid), a follower to Grimm's leader since grade school -- Grimm decides to rob a bank, pocket the money, get out of town and take off to tropical splendor. Dressing in a clown suit, Grimm devises a unique way to rob a bank -- taking a group of hostages at the bank and inviting the police to surround the bank. Amazingly, although pursued by a police chief (Jason Robards), the trio manage to pull off the robbery. However, the problems really start when they try to get from the bank to the airport -- which proves to be more difficult than the robbery.

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Geena Davis
as Phyllis
Jason Robards
as Chief Rotzinger
Tony Shalhoub
as Cab Driver
Phil Hartman
as Mr. Edison
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Edison
Victor Argo
as Skelton
Philip Bosco
as Bus Driver
Paul Herman
as Interrogating Policeman
Kurtwood Smith
as Russ Crane/Lombino
Ryan Mitchell
as Kids at Grocery
Susannah Bianchi
as Mrs. Russ Crane/Lombino
Dale Grand
as Street Barker
Bob Elliott
as Bank Teller
Elliott Santiago
as Bicycle Jouster
Kimberleigh Aarn
as Bank Teller
Ron Ryan
as Bank Customer
Brian McConnachie
as Bank Manager
Jack Gilpin
as Yuppie Hostage
Jordan Cael
as Hostage
Rhe DeVille
as Hostage
Connie Ivie
as Hostage
Skipp Lynch
as Hostage
Angel Vargas
as Hostage
Reg E. Cathey
as Sound Analyst
William Sturgis
as Forensic Detective
Sam Ayers
as ESU Commander
Joe Pentangelo
as Policeman
William Raymond
as Policeman
Randle Mell
as TV Reporter
Anthony Bishop
as Street Sign Worker
Larry Joshua
as Street Sign Worker
Michelle Lucien
as Shut-Up Lady
Tim Halligan
as Reporter
Lucia Vincent
as Reporter
Elliot Santiago
as Bicycle Jouster
Manny Siverio
as Bicycle Jouster
Garry Goodrow
as Radio DJ
Bobby Harrigan
as Fat Person
Stephen Park
as Grocery Cashier
Gary Goodrow
as Radio DJ
Frank Maldonado
as Kid at Grocery
Ryan Mitchel
as Kid at Grocery
Steve Park
as Grocery Cashier
Jim Ward
as Police Artist
Davenia McFadden
as Policewoman
Michael Chapman
as Policeman at Grocery
Michael C. Mahon
as Policeman at Grocery
Stuart Rudin
as Bus Rider with Guitar
Teodorino Bello
as Flower Lady
Barton Heyman
as Airport Security Chief
Justin Ross
as Airline Clerk
Ira Wheeler
as Businessman In Men's Room
Margo Skinner
as Flight Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Quick Change

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

Plenty of '80s comedies would've just ridden the clown-robbing-a-bank premise for 90 minutes. Instead, 'Quick Change' tosses off its twist twenty minutes in, discovering that the real achievement is not knocking off a bank, but getting out of New York.

July 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Quick Change requires a leap of faith from the audience.

July 16, 2015 | Full Review…

The movie has a comfy, lived-in feel; it doesn't beat you over the head for laughs, or take its horrors-of-New York theme too seriously. Smile and enjoy.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Murray's] glancing, genial sarcasm buoys the action for the first half-hour. Then this caper comedy sinks into a puddle of urban rancor.

October 5, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Neither ambitious nor particularly memorable, but it's brought off with a sly flair that makes it most enjoyable.

October 5, 2008 | Full Review…

Not likely to set the world alight, but a neat and engaging little comedy of bad manners.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Quick Change


This film has a lot of formulaic and yet entertaining elements that make it interesting and yet not memorable enough to resonate. Even Bill Murray, starring and directing, could not save this film from dire straits, and maybe that simply speaks to this being Murray's low point in his career. Some critics have said that this is one of his best performances, "a man jaded by The Big Apple," but that's not an appropriate description of what ultimately proves to be a haphazard character who moves between insane criminal and the blunt and carefree Murray we know best from "Ghostbusters." Murray also directs this film with writing partner Howard Franklin after both Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard turned it down, Howard feeling like there was no character to root for. I wouldn't say that that's the exact problem, because even though the thieves aren't changed through their journey, and they aren't feel-good or eccentric characters, they're not bad characters necessarily. The three of them all have their own reasons for robbing the bank, getting away to a foreign country, and doing so while the police chief for the city tries to close the case for his last hurrah before he retires. Murray is very good, I will give him that, but Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are abysmal, playing a throwaway love interest and a borderline mentally handicapped goon. They are chased around the city, trying to make their flight, and in the process get their lives endangered by a new tenant to their old apartment (Phil Hartman!), a gang of mobsters( that must be idiots if they believe that the likes of them are also mobsters), and various people who keep them from getting to the airport including Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, and Philip Bosco. Jason Robards as the police chief was very succinct in his performance, while also being a bit fed up with his hometown like Murray's character, lending to a strange link between them. Though this film is forgettable when it comes down to it, it's a film with Bill Murray, so it still manages to entertain.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A fun filled comedy adventure with great actors, great story, and altogether it's a great movie. I loved it, and if you love Bill Murray you should see this too.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Man, this has some great stuff in it. I really thought this was a smart comedy that pushed the line in terms of the things these people have to go to to get out of the city.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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