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|Written by||Howard Franklin|
|Based on||Quick Change|
by Jay Cronley
|Edited by||Alan Heim|
|Music by||Randy Edelman|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$15.3 million|
Quick Change is a 1990 American crime comedy film directed by Bill Murray and Howard Franklin and written by Franklin. Based on the novel of the same name by Jay Cronley, the film stars Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, and Jason Robards. Quick Change follows three people on an elaborate bank robbery and their subsequent escape.
Quick Change was theatrically released in the United States on July 13, 1990. Upon release, it was a box office bomb, grossing $15.3 million worldwide against a budget of $17 million, but received positive reviews, with praise for Murray's performance and humor.
Grimm (Bill Murray), dressed as a clown, robs a bank in midtown Manhattan. He sets up an ingenious hostage situation strapping fake dynamite all over his waist and successfully gets away with $1 million and his accomplices: girlfriend Phyllis (Geena Davis) and best friend Loomis (Randy Quaid).
The heist itself is comparatively straightforward and easy, but the getaway turns into a nightmare. The relatively simple act of getting to the airport to catch a flight out of the country is complicated by the fact that fate, luck and all of New York City appears to be conspiring against their escape.
To begin with, the trio is seeking the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to get to the airport, but the signs were removed during construction work, resulting in the three robbers becoming lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood in Brooklyn. Then, a conman/thief robs the trio of everything they have (except the bank money, which they have taped under their clothes).
After changing into new clothes at Phyllis' apartment, they are confronted and nearly gunned down by the paranoid and stressed-out incoming tenant. At the same time, a fire has broken out across the street and the fire department arrives and pushes their car away from a hydrant only to cause it to roll downhill and then down an embankment.
When the three crooks eventually manage to flag down a cab, the foreign driver is hopelessly non-fluent in English. This causes a hysterical Loomis to jump out of the moving cab to grab another, but he runs into a newsstand, knocking himself unconscious. The driver leaves, thinking he's killed Loomis. An anal-retentive bus driver, a run-in with mobsters and Phyllis' increasing desperation to tell Grimm the news that she is pregnant with his child add further complications.
All the while, Rotzinger, a world-weary but relentless chief of the New York City Police Department, is doggedly attempting to nab the fleeing trio. A meeting on board an airliner at the airport occurs between the robbers and the chief, who gets the added prize of having a major crime boss dropped in his lap with their assistance. Unfortunately the chief only realizes who they were after their plane has taken off.
- Bill Murray as Grimm
- Geena Davis as Phyllis Potter
- Randy Quaid as Loomis
- Jason Robards as Chief Walt Rotzinger
- Richard Joseph Paul as Lieutenant Dennis Jameson
- Reg E. Cathey as Sound Analyst
- Joe Pentangelo as Police Sergeant
- Paul Herman as Hot Headed Cop
- Barton Heyman as Airport Security Chief
- Tony Shalhoub as Cab Driver
- Philip Bosco as Bus Driver
- Phil Hartman as Hal Edison
- Kathryn Grody as Mrs. Edison
- Steve Park as Grocery Cashier
- Bob Elliott as Bank Guard
- Jamey Sheridan as Mugger
- Stanley Tucci as Johnny Skelton
- Kurtwood Smith as Vince Lombino / Russ Crane
- Susannah Bianchi as Angie Lombino / Mrs. Crane
- Gary Howard Klar as Mario Monetti
- Victor Argo as Mike Skelton
- Jack Gilpin as Yuppie Hostage
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Despite being a box office bomb, the film was well received critically. In fact, several critics claim it is one of Murray's finest roles: a jaded man who has had too much of the Big Apple. Also praised were the strong performances by the supporting cast, particularly Robards as the police chief Rotzinger, who, while almost as burned out as Murray, is still determined to capture the robbers as a swan song to his long career.
Roger Ebert, in his July 13, 1990 Chicago Sun-Times review, wrote: "'Quick Change is a funny but not an inspired comedy. It has two directors... and I wonder if that has anything to do with its inability to be more than just efficiently entertaining."
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