I just saw this recently and I'm surprised I've never heard much of it before. This movie is hilarious! I've liked most of Bill Murray's comedies but this one is maybe his very best. He is awesome and so is Geena Davis. Randy Quaid is hilarious as the slow-witted sidekick. I don't want to give away the plot but it involves a bank robbery and the attempted getaway. Bill Murray is at his sarcastic best in this movie so if you are a fan of his or of heist comedies in general I guarantee you will love this movie. Quick Change is one of the best comedies I have ever seen in my <more>
entire life. The scenes where they catch the bus and have to deal with the bus driver alone are worth watching the movie.
This film came post- What About Bob? I asked myself, now how will he top the off the brain-cuff comedy in What About Bob? Here is the answer!! Where there was serenity in the countryside, and the good Doctor played by Richard Dreyfus Down & Out in Beverly Hills now here is anything but, from the inner workings of the city of Gotham, New york. The busiest place on Earth practically speaking . Jason Robards is one of my favorite role players in this epic debacle of 'getaway'. He brings in the not so happy N.Y. detective that looks like he is going to have a heart-attack anytime <more>
now. The clown in the vault is one of the funniest parts in this, surely though, not to say that there is a lack of dead-pan comedic farce. There is enough to please just about any discriminating fan of Murray, or Davis, Quaid, etc. Bill Murray directs this I feel to a wonderful outcome of story and events. It shows that not only is fair-par Billy our man of the comedy hour, but as a director he is right as rain. Quaid is another addition that makes you feel good about yourself, by saying thank God I'm not that guy. Quaid is fantastic! There's no argument that you see and feel the zany pain of his character, who just desperately needs time off. A vacation for sure. As they rob and attempt to find their 'way' out of the seedy bustling metropolis, they find out other news, that I won't give away, to those who have not seen this feature. Looking for the on-ramp to the freeway is just Hell. The city road workers arguing over which way is the correct direction, the big hard-hat guy played by Larry Joshua I liked the Eastcoast attitude! Then following, amongst attempted robberies from 'other' criminals, just getting out will prove their biggest escape yet!! In addition a little trivia, I gave the title bar that name mainly, because Murray directed this and that was the road by where I grew up and the one just made me think of the other.Recommended highly! ****
Bill Murray is hysterical in this perfect little black comedy about a bank-robber trying to flee New York City. What makes the film work, at least for me, is that we never know much about Murray's character or Geena Davis or Randy Quaid , and that it takes place over a single summer day in Manhattan. The bank heist goes off without a hitch, but after a successful getaway, they become plagued by the maddening, ridiculous delays of New York City. Suddenly, every eccentric in New York City seems to be coming out of the woodwork, either slowing down or chasing after the three main characters <more>
A movie with Bill Murray doing what comes naturally, "being funny". (by ToldYaSo)
Not many people I've talked to have seen "Quick Change". It wasn't really a hit, which is what makes it such a nice surprise when you see a film like this which is very funny. Maybe that's partially why I enjoyed the film so much, as it makes me feel a little bit like a pirate who's discovered lost treasure, or like an explorer who's conquered uncharted territory.It may not be Bill Murray's best, but it's pretty good. But make no mistake, this is a Bill Murray movie, he even co-directed it, and if you don't like him in general, then this film <more>
isn't likely to make a convert out of you. I've always been a fan, and try to forgive certain transgressions like "Larger Than Life" or "The Man Who Knew Too Little" which are the kinds of films I avoid completely for fear that it will taint my high regard for Mr. Murray. They might be good, but I'm not taking any chances without some seriously reliable source that assures me they aren't merely "paycheques" for those involved. But in case some of you think the man has lost it, never to recapture any of his past glory, probably you should check out "Rushmore," and see a true master at work."Quick Change" has a story that is fun and the lines are executed with razor sharp comic timing. So what if some of the characters are one-dimensional? It gets the job done and sets up the bits and not in a low-brow kind of way.I'd be interested to hear what New York residents think of this film, as its story revolves around three people who just want to escape New York forever and find that robbing a bank is easier than making it to the airport.So if you consider yourself a member of the Bill Murray fan club, check this one out and you'll probably enjoy it. He's got plenty of support from some talented comedic actors including Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Phil Hartman, Jason Robards and of course Randy Quaid and Geena Davis.
This is one of the best comedies I've seen. Bill Murray not only stars but directs this one, and he should be damn proud of his accomplishment. This movie is a laugh-fest.You won't regret watching this one. The three main players are all in their apex. Murray is fantastic as usual and Randy Quaid is hysterical. Tony Shalhoub has a small but VERY memorable part.This is one of those rare, great, infinitely "quotable" movies. There's irony, sarcasm, slapstick, you can find all kinds of humor here, and even some suspense to keep things interesting. This is great to watch <more>
with friends, there are a couple of scenes that will almost certainly make you spit your soda.You want to laugh, watch this. Definitely an underrated comedy classic.9/10
Don't miss out on this hilarious movie! (by ColdZro)
This movie is really great. It's got a great cast, a very funny story, and some clever writing. But it's been so ignored; and I can't understand why! I never see it on TV, and it's not available on DVD; it's hardly ever mentioned anywhere! Every time I go buy DVDs, I look for this one, hoping that maybe this time it'll be there. It hasn't been so far, and it's always a let-down. It's a tremendously funny movie, which I'd love to have in my collection! And if you like to laugh, then you'd be doing yourself a favor to pick this one up! Especially if <more>
you're a fan of Murray or Quaid. But even if you're not, you couldn't watch this one and not laugh. As someone else commented, this is a shamefully "underrated gem." So here's my plea to the people who decide such things: PUT QUICK CHANGE ON DVD!!! PLEASE! I WANT IT!
Good Mix Of Clever and Silly Comedy (by ccthemovieman-1)
This is a clever and entertaining comedy that has some dramatic and romantic touches as well. It's almost two movies-in-one: a dramatic holdup and a comic getaway. The holdup scene does has comedy but is more dramatic. It reminded me of the '70s classic "Dog Day Afternoon" in which the hostages are kept by a couple of robbers and the crooks demand the normal assortment of getaway vehicles. Except in here, ringleader Bill Murray wants a "monster truck" along with everything else. You know with Murray you are going to get outrageous humor and satire.Anyway, the bulk <more>
of the film concerns what happens after the trio - Murray, Randy Quaid and Geena Davis - after they successfully escape the holdup. The bottom line is that they just can't get out of New York City. One disaster after another keeps happening, and it's all kind funny and frustrating! . The ending I won't spoil.Murray plays his normal wise-guy role and Quaid is good as the emotional slapstick-type buffoon. For some reason, the scene in which Quaid runs full-tilt into a newspaper stand and knocks himself out almost had me in tears laughing. Davis complements the two with her coolness and eye candy for the male audience. Veteran Jason Robards plays the chief detective on the case, and shows comedic touches of his own.What also is fun to watch nowadays is Tony Shalhoub. When this film came out, hardly anyone knew him. Now he's famous as "Monk" on the television series of the same name. In this film, he plays an Arabic cab driver and you have to see this performance to believe it! A couple of other familiar faces also show up in here, including Bob Elliot from the old radio duo of "Bob and Ray."There is no sex, no bloodshed, just a lot of jokes but the "R" rating ought to tell you something about the language in here. The jokes and story were good enough on their own and didn't need all the profanity.
Consistently funny for the most part, although the end sort of drags along... (by MovieAddict2016)
Funny remake starring Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid as down-on-their-luck thieves who rob a bank and then have a hard time getting out of NYC. Funny from beginning to end. Well, almost. The last twenty minutes or so seem to drag a bit. But I loved the first 3/4, and the opening sequence is tremendous!Bill Murray is very funny and Randy Quaid is a likable goofball. Geena Davis manages to impress but the real star is Murray, as always. All in all a pleasant way to spend an evening and certainly a memorable comedy--if a slightly uneven one.4/5 stars.John Ulmer
BOZO THE CLOWN WITH A TWIST (by brianlion)
I'm surprised "Quick Change" is not rated higher by the voters of IMDB because I found Bill Murray at his best. Some of his quips and retorts are great. My movie group found this a very funny movie. And what a great idea for robbing a bank.