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Frustrated with the general corruption of life in the big city, a New York city planner, his girlfriend and best friend, rob a bank. With determined police, and all of the madness of New York to contend with, the trio discover that it's easier to rob a bank than to getout of the city.
I was hoping for an overlooked gem but found a well deserved overlooked film. They kept wandering around town after a bank heist and had stuff happen to them in different situations. This never changed for the better. It had potential....more info
- a little disappointing
I don't know if it's because I bought this movie with expectations too great for a comedy released in early 90's. Or because I saw it after having seen all other great masterpieces of Bill Murray including Groundhog Day, What About Bob and The Man Who Knew Too Little. But this one was a little disappoining. In contrast to most the reviews you'll see here, I'll say it wasn't funny. The plot was way too predictable. There is however an element of suspence, which I guess I did not expect of a comedy. So, in a word, a great movie anyway for die-hard fans of Bill Murray. Yes, it should be noted he is still the good ole Bill Murray you'll see in any good comedy. Hope you enjoy it and can beat my impression....more info
- Man vs. New York
Bill Murray has devised the perfect bank caper. He enters the bank in full clown costume and make-up taking the occupants hostage and locking them in the vault. He conducts negotiations with the police outside by phone. He makes his escape by shedding the clown gear and simply walking out as a 'released' hostage. His plan is to keep the police out front thinking he is still inside by making calls from payphones as he heads to the airport and freedom. There is just one problem - the setting is New York City. That means to escape Murray and two cohorts(Geena Davis and Randy Quaid) must first deal with city workers who have removed street signs, and no longer remember which way the arrows pointed. Cab drivers whose English consists only of "where to?" and even the local mob. Jason Robards is great as the police chief on the other side of the bank and Bob Elliot is very funny as a cowardly bank Security Guard. This film, which is endlessly clever, is a great ride as both a comedy and somthing of a crime/thriller as it never plays the comedy TOO broadly, a unique and very entertaining combination....more info
- Quick Change
I have been waiting on this classic to be release on DVD for ever. A very good movie that did not get its props. Bill Murray should have gotten an oscar for his performance. Well just my humble opinion....more info
- ONCE UPON A TIME BILL MURRAY WAS A LEADING MAN.
BEFORE LENDING TOP SUPPORT IN THE LIKES OF 'WILDTHINGS', 'CHARLES ANGELS',& 'THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS'. MR. MURRAY WAS A HELLA GOOD LEADING MAN. I'M SURE WE HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF HIM IN TOP BILLING. THIS IS MURRAY AT HIS BEST (IN FRONT & BEHIND CAMERA). I ASSUMMED THIS MOVIE WAS A BIG HIT. HOWEVER AFTER READING SOME OF THE OTHER... REVIEWS, I REALIZED IT'S A LOST COMEDY GEM THAT MANY HAVEN'T SEEN. IT'S ASHAME COZ IT'S SUCH A GREAT COMEDY. MURRAY, GEENA DAVIS AND RANDY QUAID ARE A WONDERFUL COMEDIC TRIO. THE TRUTH IS I SAW THIS MOVIE TEN YEARS AGO AND LOVED IT SO MUCH.. THAT I BOUGHT IT AND WATCH IT A NUMBER OF TIMES. IT HAS SOME OF THE FUNNIEST DIALOGUE, WHICH CAN'T BE PRINTED HERE DUE TO PROFANITY.. IT REALLY SHOCKS ME THAT THERE IS A WAREHOUSE FULL OF MOVIES ON DVD THAT NO ONE CARES ABOUT, BUT THIS GREAT COMEDY CLASSIC IS BEING IGNORED. SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER....more info
- Awesome Movie, lousy DVD features
Awesome movie!! Very excited that it's finally on DVD. I was actually lucky enough to see this in the theater in 1990. With that being said, they DVD features are pretty lousy. No commentary, no bonus or deleted scenes, and not even a 5.1 mix. Great picture and sound transfer though. This DVD appears to be run in a "clean and hygienic fashion"....more info
- I think They're Wrong
A great film. I think Amazon has the release date wrong. I cannot say that this is right or wrong but Netflix has the release date as February 14, 2006. We shall see....more info
Not Bill Murray's best, but still a collectible! It's got some very funny parts. I'm glad I own it....more info
- My absolute favorite "FUNNY" movie!
I first saw this movie about 7 years ago and every time I see it, I still laugh just as hard. Randy Quaid is hilarious and Geena Davis plays it great as the straight man for his and Bill Murray's antics. A particular favorite scene of mine is the taxi cab ride and the ensuing problems. Also like the follow-up scene to the taxi ride - the bus ride! Love the guitarist. The entire movie just cracks me up....and for the most part is a good clean movie. Enjoy it......more info
This movie is really great, other than the requisite happy ending it is one of the funnier sleeper movies you will ever see. Just when you start to relax they hit you with another surprise. Loved it....more info
- "What's so memorable about a clown stealing a million dollars?"
If you need a laugh or if you need a stupid idea that may land you in jail...than this movie will give you just that. Also, this movie has some well known actors to boot other than just Bill Murray as Grimm, Geena Davis as Phyllis Potter, Randy Quaid as Loomis. I'm talking about Tony Shalhoub as the cab Driver, Kurtwood Smith (Reginald "Red" Forman from: That '70s show) as Russ Crane A.K.A Mr.Lombino even the late Phil Hartman as Hal Edison and well known to movies of the '60s '70s and the '80s Jason Robards as Chief Rotzinger. I do wonder why it took so long to release it to DVD?
- A Masterclass of comedy....
Clever. Very, very clever. Quite simply... Comedy GOLD. Bill Murray excels in this hidden gem. Murray gives a masterclass in comedy timing, outshining anything he has done previous or since. A MUST see....more info
- 2010 date explanation
Hopefully, this'll clear up some confusion about the 2010 release date: When studios announce a new DVD title with a street date (which can be months and months before it's released) Amazon will make that title available for pre-order; this helps generate dedicated sales. However, between the announcement and the actual release date - many things can happen: Legal issues and production issues to name a few. Should any of the above occur, the studio may give a TBD (To Be Determined) or dummy street date (also known as a parking lot date) while they iron out the details. This does not mean that the project is cancelled; just put on hold indefinitely.
While Amazon is still taking pre-orders, no one knows when it will be released; but, rest assured, when it is - Amazon will get it in your hands.
(btw, I have no affiliation with Amazon.com or it's affiliates. I just want to spread the knowledge)...more info
- My favorite Bill Murray vehicle
Although Stripes runs a close second, this is my favorite Bill Murray movie. It's not for everyone,it is sarcastic humour and the movie is quirky and odd. A great supporting cast and since i have not seen it mentioned on here by anyone it features the late Phil Hartman in a spot with his wife who stumble across Bill,Genna and Quaid helping them selves to their clothes in their apartment. Tony Shaloub plays a taxi driver who can't get the robbers to the airport because he doesn't understand or speak a word of english. Gee i wonder if the people casting Wings saw this movie? ...more info
- Hold Up
Although I liked Quick Change (1990), the film that it was based on is the French film "Hold-Up (1985) with with Jean Paul Belmondo" which is much funnier.
- a must have
this is a robbery.......this IS a robbery (bill murray says that line better). the script is well written and the casting flawless. the jousting scene was a perfect addition. currently the DVD edition is not available . a VHS copy is hard to come by. i hope when the DVD is finally released it has bonus features like deleted scenes....more info
- One of the funniest flicks I've ever seen....period.
Like others have said, don't let the obscurity of the title fool you. The jokes are perfectly written, timed, and the performances are spot on, including one by a not at all famous then Tony Shaloub. In fact, that performance is one of the funniest in the film, as small a part as it is.
I always get a little superstitious about hyping up a movie so much...I think it's only bound to disappoint. But I don't think this one will. Rent it, don't see it on TV. It's always better that way......more info
- Laugh out loud, bend over funny
No doubt this is one of my top 5 favorite comedies. Not just amusing, but laugh out loud, bend over funny. You have to see this movie. I'm not sure why its not considered a classic. I'm waiting until it's released on DVD to add it to my collection....more info
- Classic Bill Murray!
Groundhog is my favorite but this one is good. Note: I also like "The man who knew to little" so I am weird...more info
- BEHIND THE WHITE LINE!
Ever since I saw this movie on cable back in 1991 I always loved it.It's a great comic caper movie with some memorable characters, witty dialogue & tense,edge of your seat moments.Bill Murray, as always,is excellant as the mastermind of the heist & Randy Quaid is cast perfectly as his nervous sidekick.Jason Robards gives a commanding performance as the police chief determined to take "The Clown" down.On a side note, the scene in the conveniance store was filmed around the corner from my house at 124th st. & Jamaica Avenue in the George Washington Food Mart in Richmond Hill N.Y....more info
- ?Flores! ?Flores de los muertos!
It's always fun to introduce people to this movie. It doesn't take much, surprisingly few have seen it.
In a nutshell, a clown walks into a bank and robs it. It goes off without a hitch and he escapes with his two accomplices. All that's left is for them to make it to the airport and get out of the country. Sounds simple doesn't it?
I don't think anybody in the theater I saw this at was prepared for what followed. At the best of times, this movie is so hilarious you'll be doubled over in your seat. The "jousting" scene ranks as one of my favorite moments of screen comedy of all time. Yes, during the final arc of the film there are several flat scenes, but they're still pretty funny, and don't detract from the overall film.
See it for the wealth of abundance in it's details. Tony Shaloub's cab driver is burned into my brain. The music is upbeat, instantly recognizable. Jason Robards is unflappable. Watch the policeman pose for applause as he steps out of the monster truck. See a clown point a gun at a small dog.
Really, the best you can say about this movie is that it brings the funny. If you haven't seen it, go out and rectify the situation. And let's see a DVD! I'd love to hear some director's commentary on this....more info
- Bill Murray's most Underrated Comic Creation.
"Quick Change" is Absolutely Hysterical. The 3 principle actors give the Performances of their Comedy Careers. Bill Murray also Co-directs, proving what a true cinema legend he is.
Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid star as 3 would-be Bank robbers who Succeed in their well-laid robbery plans, yet Fail in their plans for Escape. The Robbery is over in about 10 minutes of screen time, the rest of the film deals with their Futile Escape attempts from the Isle of Manhattan. Whatever could go wrong, does go wrong as they deal with Foreign Cab drivers, Slick Stick-up men, Gun wielding Couples, Malicious Mobsters and Determined Police.
Bill's Straight-faced Sarcastic comedy styling has Never been used to such full effect as they are here. The role suits him like James Bond suits Pierce Brosnan. Geena and Randy support him Wonderfully, as do Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Jason Robards and Kurtwood Smith. The Writing and Directing are Snappy, Witty and Fast Paced.
"Quick Change" is Criminally Underrated. So many people I know have never heard of it, I show it to them and they Immediately Adore it. Everything in it works Perfectly and virtually Everyone should enjoy it....more info
- Favorite movie of ALL TIME
Quick Change is one of my all time favorite movies. It just keeps getting funnier and funnier as it goes along! Anyone who has ever gotten lost - particularly in NYC has to see this one. The cast (Bill Murray, Geena Davis, and Randy Quaid) play so well off each other. It's a genuinely clever plot as well. If you haven't seen it, buy it NOW!
- Good movie, see it for yourself
Without the mass appeal of "What about Bob?" or "Groundhog Day", this film is still very enjoyable and entertaining but perhaps is geared to the audience that is a bit more sophisticated than average. Not relying on silliness/slapstick or situation as it's engine, this movie starts out as if it is a serious "bank heist" action thriller and then quickly moves into the actual plot; three robbers lead by comedy superstar Murray have to "get out of Dodge".
Murray remains the cream of the crop of early SNL stars going on to screen and while others like Chase and Aykroyd play entertaining characters, they don't have the range that Murray does and this film is an example of that. Being both convincingly serious and downright funny at the same time is not easy to pull off. The rest of the cast is great and this movie was both well written and acted, a definite strong recommendation....more info
- A fine directorial debut for Murray.
Adapted from Jay Conley's original novel, Quick Change is a neglected comedy that delights in gleefully thumbing its nose at the city so nice they named it twice.
The first third of Quick Change-the bank heist-is the best part of the film. It is a brilliant starting point that demonstrates Bill Murray at his sarcastic best. He gleefully fools and infuriates the cops, the media, and even the hostages with his flippant attitude. His disposition is understandable when juxtaposed with the media circus that occurs outside the bank. Curiousity seekers and the media, smelling a potential story, flock to the scene. Even hot dog vendors race each other for the best vantage point to hock their wares. Everybody is looking to exploit the situation in some fashion and this makes the desire for Murray and company to succeed all the more significant.
However, for all the comic ingenuousness of the opening scene, Quick Change begins to slowly unravel as the trio attempt to leave New York City and encounter more and more absurd situations that gradually escalate to unrealistic proportions. What makes these circumstances nonsensical is the ease that Murray's character is able to conveniently resolve them. It is not that the rest of the film is bad necessarily, it is just that it comes as a let down after such an excellent beginning.
Where his contemporaries like Steve Martin and Chevy Chase have softened their edge over time (see Father of the Bride and Cops and Robbersons respectively), Murray seems to get more and more acerbic with every film. He had not been that good since he did Ghostbusters way back in 1984.
The constant supply of comical cameos keeps the rest of the film watchable. The always entertaining Phil Hartman appears as an anxiety-ridden Yuppie who holds the trio at gunpoint when he mistakenly thinks that they are breaking into his new apartment. The scene is a great battle of talents as he and Murray square off against each other. Tony Shalhoub makes an appearance as a hopelessly incoherent foreign taxi cab driver who delays the robbers from escaping the city.
Sadly, the film disappeared rather quickly upon its release. Perhaps its cynical view of New York City was too much for mainstream tastes. It is too bad because this is quite an entertaining film that only suffers from a weak ending, but is also filled with exceptional performances. Watching Quick Change reminds one of his vintage roles in the aforementioned Ghostbusters and Stripes, and shows that he has a legitimate shot at becoming a director. Let's hope his next directorial effort is without a chaperone.
Unfortunately, the only extra is a trailer for the movie. What a disappointment but at least this movie is finally available on DVD....more info
This is one of my all-time favorite movies - it didn't make much of a splash when it was first released, nor did it become a cult film later, even though it probably should have. It's a great example of what happens when a top-notch cast (led by Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid) teams up with a talented directors working with a great screenplay. "Quick Change" contains what seem like perfectly measured amounts of comedy, satire and suspense that makes it almost a flawless and very enjoyable film. The city of New York, shown as the rather surreal place that it is, provides the ideal back-drop for the entire story. I can't praise this one enough, I watch it at least once every few months - see it by all means in any format......more info
- Quick Change
One of the funniest movies ever put out! Bill Murray is wonderful! I can't imagine anyone not liking this movie.