Quick Change (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Quick Change (1990)

TOMATOMETER

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Quick Change Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Howard Franklin, Jay Cronley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast

Geena Davis
as Phyllis
Jason Robards
as Chief Rotzinger
Tony Shalhoub
as Cab Driver
Phil Hartman
as Mr. Edison
Kathryn Grody
as Mrs. Edison
Rhe De Ville
as Hostage
Victor Argo
as Skelton
Philip Bosco
as Bus Driver
Paul Herman
as Interrogating Police...
Kurtwood Smith
as Russ Crane/Lombino
Ryan Mitchell
as Kids at Grocery
Susannah Bianchi
as Mrs. Russ Crane/Lomb...
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
Garry Goodrow
as Radio DJ
Bobby Harrigan
as Fat Person
Stephen Park
as Grocery Cashier
Elliot Santiago
as Bicycle Jouster
Manny Siverio
as Bicycle Jouster
Frank Maldonado
as Kid at Grocery
Gary Goodrow
as Radio DJ
Ryan Mitchel
as Kid at Grocery
Jim Ward
as Police Artist
Steve Park
as Grocery Cashier
Davenia McFadden
as Policewoman
Michael Chapman
as Policeman at Grocery
Michael C. Mahon
as Policeman at Grocery
Stuart Rudin
as Bus Rider with Guita...
Teodorino Bello
as Flower Lady
Barton Heyman
as Airport Security Chi...
Justin Ross
as Airline Clerk
Ira Wheeler
as Businessman In Men's...
Margo Skinner
as Flight Attendant
Manny Silverio
as Bicycle Jouster
Bill Raymond
as Policeman
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Quick Change

Critic Reviews for Quick Change

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There is not much in Quick Change that hasn't been anticipated by Neil Simon and beaten to death by countless imitators. Mr. Murray's film is at the worn-out end of this bloodline.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Bill Murray dresses up as a clown to take hostages and rob a New York bank. Funny? Guess again.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Despite the fact that Change lags and lopes along toward an inevitable, trite conclusion, it also leaves itself wide open for funny moments.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Quick Change

½

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.

FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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.

superclerk25
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Quick Change Quotes

Loomis: My mom used to do this. Just like this. You should have a kid Phyliss.
Phyllis: Funny you should say that.
Loomis: Really?
Phyllis: Sit back.
Loomis: Grimm didn't tell me.
Phyllis: Grimm doesn't know. I didn't want to tell him until after the job.
– Submitted by Kevin R (3 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss Quick Change on our Movie forum!