Quick Change

Quick Change

Director: Howard Franklin

Cast: Geena Davis, Randy Quaid

     
 

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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

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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.

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Quick Change has one of the smartest first acts of any comedy out there -- enough for some viewers to consider it among Bill Murray's best vehicles, not to mention their favorite comedies in general. The scheme hatched by Murray, Geena Davis, and Randy Quaid to knock over a bank in the thick of downtown, then release themselves as frightened hostages, approaches sheer brilliance. The three seasoned performers play the marvelous setup perfectly. Somewhat inevitably, though, the film begins to droop through its second and third acts, becoming broader and laboriously quirky. Even though it's wonderful to watch them continue issuing demands for monster trucks and helicopters from a position of safety, as though the heist were still in progress, one misses the under-pressure dynamism that propels the first 30 minutes. The contrivance that gives them away feels forced, and from there these smart robbers start bumbling, with the unhinged Quaid giving over to slapstick panic that flies in the face of their prior poise. Still, the absurdities that block their path to the airport are reasonably funny pokes at New York City and the alternately messy and slavish infrastructure the film rails against. Look for Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci in humorous ethnic supporting roles, in some of their earliest film appearances. Murray had not before and has not since either directed or co-directed a film, though this collaboration with screenwriter/director Howard Franklin hints at a real talent for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/1993
UPC:
0085391200437
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Grimm
Geena Davis Phyllis
Randy Quaid Loomis
Jason Robards Chief Rotzinger
Bob Elliott Bank Guard
Philip Bosco Lou
Tony Shalhoub Cab Driver
Reg E. Cathey Sound Analyst
Rhe De Ville Hostage
Marya D. Dornya Hostage
Gary Klar Mario
Skipp Lynch Hostage
Frank Maldonado Kids at Grocery
Ryan Mitchell Kids at Grocery
Suzen Murakoshi Hostage
Alfa-Betty Olsen Customer
Elliott Santiago Bicycle Jouster
Manny Siverio Bicycle Jouster
Dale Grand Street Barker
Kimberleigh Aarn Bank Teller
Ron Ryan Bank Customer
Brian McConnachie Bank Manager
Jack Gilpin Yuppie Hostage
Jordan Cael Hostage
Barbara Flynn Hostage
Elizabeth A. Griffin Hostage
Connie Ivie Hostage
J.D. Montalbo Hostage
Anthony T. Paige Hostage
Jane Simms Hostage
Wendell Sweda Hostage
Angel Vargas Hostage
Richard Joseph Paul Lt. Jameson
William Sturgis Forensic Detective
Sam Ayers ESU Commander
Joe Pentangelo Policeman
Bill Raymond Policeman
Randle Mell TV Reporter
Jamey Sheridan Mugger
Anthony Bishop Street Sign Worker
Larry Joshua Street Sign Worker
Michelle Lucien Shut-Up Lady
Tim Halligan Reporter
Deborah Lee Johnson Reporter
Lucia Vincent Reporter
Bobby Harrigan Fat Person
Phil Hartman Mr. Edison
Kathryn Grody Mrs. Edison
Garry Goodrow Radio DJ
Stephen Park Grocery Cashier
Jim Ward Police Artist
Davenia McFadden Policewoman
Michael Chapman Policeman at Grocery
Michael C. Mahon Policeman at Grocery
Stanley Tucci Johnny
Victor Argo Skelton
Paul Herman Interrogating Policeman
Stuart Rudin Bus Rider with Guitar
Teodorino Bello Flower Lady
Barton Heyman Airport Security Chief
Justin Ross Airline Clerk
Kurtwood Smith Lombino/"Russ Crane"
Susannah Bianchi Lombino("Mrs. Russ Crane")
Ira Wheeler Businessman In Men's Room
Margo Skinner Flight Attendant
Frank Ferera Actor

Technical Credits
Howard Franklin Director,Screenwriter
Bill Murray Director,Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Jay Cronley Screenwriter
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Frank Ferera Stunts
Milt Gabler Songwriter
Frederic Golchan Executive Producer
Robert Greenhut Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Alan Heim Editor
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Montagna Makeup
Howard Shore Score Composer
David Weinman Set Decoration/Design
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

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