Quick Change (1990) – Encore Review


“I’m sure no harm will come to me once I’m inside the bank all by myself.” – Grimm

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable in the 90’s, 27 Feb 2002, 27 Aug 2016 and 5 Nov 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A civil servants plan the perfect bank robbery dressed as a circus clown, but a small mishap leaves him and his two accomplices in a panic to leave the country with the police hot on their tail.

My Take on it – This is an obscure film that I saw on cable in the early 90’s and have always enjoyed rewatching because it’s so clever.

The film has an amazing cast that helps keep things so much fun along the way.

Bill Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are all great here and help create some very interesting characters.

The supporting cast adds so much to things here and Jason Robards, Tony Shalhoub, Jamey Sheridan, Phil Hartman Stanley Tucci, Philip Bosco and Kurtwood Smith all play their characters so well here.

The story itself is told in a non-stop way and the pacing is perfectly set in order to keep things constantly moving forward.

In addition to the comedic moments, this film is able to pepper in a few heartfelt ones too that helps make things more enjoyable and tangible to watch.

This film is actually slightly less than 90 minutes long and I believe that they made the right decision to not try and extend it because it flows so well and never feels as if it is dragging at any point.

The story is set up in a very clever way and is quite fun to watch.

Bottom Line – Really fun comedy that works so well due to the great performances of the 3 leads along with the supporting characters.  The story is a non-stop comedy of errors that has so much momentum going for it the whole way through. The film’s ability to deal with some nice serious themes along with the comedic ones helps keep things quite engaging the whole way through. The choice to not stretch the runtime out was a wise one because despite being under 90 minutes, it never feels as if it drags along at any point along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bill Murray once said of this movie in an interview: “Everyone will enjoy this movie. But New Yorkers will enjoy it especially because they know how bad their city really is.” In another later August 2010 interview with Dan Fierman of GQ Magazine, Murray said: “It’s great. It’s a great piece of writing. And how about the cast? You couldn’t get that cast together for all the tea in China right now. I mean, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub…”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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