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Quick Change (1990)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Bill Murray & Howard Franklin

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About the Movie

Academy Award-nominee Bill Murray ("The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "Lost in Translation") makes his directorial debut and stars in the hilarious story about a New York City planner who turns into a master criminal. Frustrated with corrupt city life, he and his accomplices -- girlfriend (Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Geena Davis -- TV's "Commander in Chief," "Thelma & Louise") and dim-witted friend (Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Randy Quaid -- "Brokeback Mountain," "Home on the Range") -- stage the "perfect" bank robbery and then head for the airport to make their escape only to discover that it's easier to rob a bank than to get out of the city. Co-starring Academy Award and Emmy-winner and Golden Globe-nominee Jason Robards ("Magnolia," "Enemy of the State"), Emmy-winner Phil Hartman ("Saturday Night Live," "Jingle All the Way") and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Tony Shalhoub (TV's "Monk," "Spy Kids 3D: Game Over").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is not much in Quick Change that hasn't been anticipated by Neil Simon and beaten to death by countless imitators. Mr. Murray's film is at the worn-out end of this bloodline. – Caryn James, New York Times, Oct 5, 2008

Fresh: Neither ambitious nor particularly memorable, but it's brought off with a sly flair that makes it most enjoyable. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Despite the fact that Change lags and lopes along toward an inevitable, trite conclusion, it also leaves itself wide open for funny moments. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Oct 5, 2008

Fresh: A randomly, raggedly funny look at the personal cost of being one with the hustling, clamorous crowd. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Oct 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews


A very funny indie film notable for two things: it marks Bill Murray's directorial debut (though he shares the duties with Franklin) and it was relative unknown Tony Shaloub's breakout role. Shaloub has a bit part in the film as a cab driver that doesn't speak English, but wound up with a much bigger role in the film via re-writes because he was so funny. The rest, as they say, is history.

As for the movie itself, it's an indie comedy in which Murray and his co-horts, fed up with life in New York, plan the perfect bank robbery (the funniest and most clever bit of the film), and find that it's exactly those things they've come to hate about city living (traffic, crime, uncaring civil servants, and neurotic city dwellers) that are preventing them from escaping!

After the success of Ghostbusters, Murray tried to use his newfound clout in Hollywood to get films made with his own distinctive voice. This period led to the erratic but funny Quick Change, the disastrous The Razor's Edge, and the pitch-perfect Groundhog Day (which blends Murray's two passions - comedy and philosophy). Give it a try.

Quick Change is a good laugh!!

Awesome movie...missed on many peoples radar...if you like to laugh at very least make this a rental =)

So funny

This movie sits with Fletch as one of my favorite comedies from my youth. But, iTunes needs to drop this price in half. $14.99, yeah right.

Quick Change (1990)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1990

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