Sight and Sound - 05/01/1991
"...[The film] delivers the comic goods....Murray's sublimely disdainful stare and flat vocal delivery remain a joy..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/13/1990
"...The light comic wit of QUICK CHANGE has a lovely presence....The comedy of QUICK CHANGE is city-dweller humor, honed to a fine edge..."
New York Times - 03/01/2006
"QUICK CHANGE is a crisp, efficient and subtly subversive film that makes you wish Mr. Murray would get back in the driver's seat..."
Bill Murray, Geena Davis, and Randy Quaid play three friends who decide to make a quick score by robbing a bank and taking off for a faraway island. They set up an elaborate, almost playful plan, but every step of the way either Quaid screws it up or New York City just won't let them go, allowing detective Jason Robards to get closer and closer. With the money strapped to their bodies, the hapless trio gets caught up in a series of misadventures as they try desperately to get to the airport.
Description by Warner Home Video:
The star of Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day headlines and co-directs this uproarious Big Apple heist-and-pursuit caper. Bill Murray plays Grimm, a frazzled urbanite who disguises himself as a clown - and sets out to rob a bank. Geena Davis and Randy Quaid play accomplices in Grimm's daring scheme and Jason Robards is the blustery cop caught up in Grimm's "Clown Day Afternoon."
Swiping a million bucks is a snap compared to getting out of town. Grimm and cohorts commandeer a car, a cab, a bus, a baggage tram and a plane (and encounter future stars Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub in hilarious supporting roles) to make what becomes for them a less-than-merry escape. But for comedy lovers, Quick Change is a ticket to ride!
A frustrated New Yorker called Grimm hatches a get-rich-quick scheme so that he can escape from the dreaded city. Enlisting the help of his girlfriend and his best friend since grade school, the troubled urbanite orchestrates a complicated bank heist, during which he is draped in full clown regalia. Everything goes well until Grimm and his gang try to escape from New York. It is only then that the nightmarish chaos of the city truly asserts itself. They may never get out.
Co-directors Bill Murray and Howard Franklin both made their film directing debuts with "Quick Change."
Estimated budget $17 million; shot in DuArt color and Panavision.
Peter Montagna also designed and applied Bill Murray's special clown makeup.
Jay Cronley's novel was previously made into a movie in 1985. That adaptation is called "Hold Up" and was filmed in France. The movie was directed by Alexandre Arcady, written by Francis Veber, and stars Jean-Paul Belmondo, but it was never released in the United States.
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