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Quick Change is a sadly-overlooked 1990 film based on the novel by Jay Cronley and starring and co-directed by Bill Murray, in which his character Grimm and his compatriots Phyllis (Geena Davis) and Loomis (Randy Quaid) successfully pull off the ingenious robbery of a New York City bank, but then find themselves relentlessly thwarted in their attempt(s) to get to the airport and escape the country. Meanwhile, the dogged veteran cop assigned to their case (Jason Robard) isn't having such a great day himself..

A con-artist does make a brief appearance, but he does not run the scam of the same name. The movie is still darned funny.

This is the second time Cronley's book was adapted as a film. In 1985, Hold-Up was released, starring French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.


This film contains examples of:

 Security Guard: (seeing the dynamite) What the hell kind of clown are you?!

Grimm: (deadpan) The "crying on the inside" kind, I guess.

 Bus Driver: BEHIND THE WHITE LINE!!!

Grimm: You better lighten up. You're becoming Ralph Kramden's evil twin.

  • The Mafia
  • Monster Clown: At least as far as the bank-hostages are concerned.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: In a variant, Quick Change gives us a bizarre (and apparently lethal) bicycle jousting scene. Loomis panics and yells that "it's bad luck just seeing a thing like that!"
  • My Secret Pregnancy
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe; Loomis' frequent response whenever Grimm gets annoyed with him is to immediately beg Grimm not to hit him. At one point Grimm, perplexed, asks Loomis why he does this, since Grimm hasn't hit anyone since he was six years old. Loomis replies that it was him that Grimm hit that time.
  • Not So Different: One gets the feeling that Grimm and Rotzinger would actually get along quite well if it wasn't for the latter chasing the former for armed robbery.
  • One-Book Author: The sole directing credit of Bill Murray's career.
  • The Perfect Crime: The getaway, on the other hand...
  • Precision F-Strike:

 Phyllis: (comforting Loomis on her lap) None of this is your fault... (slaps him) Except you honked the fucking car horn.

 Loomis: It's bad luck just seeing a thing like that!

  • A Simple Plan: The robbery itself is quite intricate and well-thought out, and goes off without a hitch. The getaway is A Simple Plan of the three essentially driving to the airport. It doesn't work out that way.
  • Sympathetic Criminal: Okay, they're robbing a bank and they don't really have any grand ulterior motive for it, but Grimm and his friends are otherwise really likeable, decent and good-hearted people.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist
  • Trouser Space/ Victoria's Secret Compartment: The thieves (two men and a woman) hide the stolen money by duct-taping it to their underwear (and have to hope that they don't get strip-searched).
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