QUICK CHANGE (1990) 

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Bill Murray
Geena Davis
Randy Quaid
Jason Robards
Phil Hartman
Tony Shalhoub
Stanley Tucci
Philip Bosco
Kurtwood Smith
Bob Elliott

Howard Franklin



Time: 89 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Crime

SYNOPSIS: Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

BOTTOM LINE: Without a doubt, this clever caper comedy is one of the hidden gems of Murray's career. Poorly marketed during its' initial release, QUICK CHANGE is brilliantly devised and hysterically executed by Murray and his two compatriots in crime Davis and Quaid. The concept is pretty simple: the trio successfully robs a bank only to find their plans of escaping the hellhole they consider New York City continually thwarted. A series of mishaps leaves them mere steps in front of the authorities who are desperate to catch them before they get out of the country. It's a witty, brutal, exasperating, hilarious cat and mouse game that utilizes the best qualities of its' cast: Murray's biting sarcasm, Davis's thoughtful sensitivity and Quaid's lovable clumsiness.

Despite the outrageous situations they find themselves in, it's really the obvious love and devotion they have for each other, despite their constant bickering, that makes this film work. The plan devised to rob the bank is brilliantly conceived and hysterically executed. The film is worth watching for this sequence alone. Thankfully, though it drags here and there, the story rarely falters for long and one is never quite sure how they're going to finally make their getaway.

Their misadventures include: being robbed of their petty cash, having their car destroyed, taking on the mob, attempting to give directions to a non-English speaking cabbie and dealing with a hard-nosed bus driver, just to name a few. Since it happens in New York, all of these encounters are totally believable. The subplot dealing with Murray and Davis's relationship wears thin by the end, but never impedes on the overall fun. Robards is perfect as the cop who just can't let them get away. A film Murray fans must see and one that will highly entertain anyone frustrated with urban life.

Bank Guard: "What the hell kind of clown are you?"
Grimm: "The crying on the inside kind, I guess."

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