January 16, 2013
Bill Murray, Geena Davis, and Randy Quaid
For more than thirty years, Bill Murray has been one of the
of American comedy movies. His movies, from Caddyshack, to
Stripes, to Ghostbusters, to Groundhog Day, heck even his minor
comedies like What About Bob? and Scrooged and Meatballs, are almost
unanimously considered the cream of the crop when it comes to comedy
the past three decades. In fact, many people (not me, but
other people) consider Caddyshack to be the single funniest movie ever
when I was a kid, there was NO movie that was quoted more often than
Stripes was. Between Caddyshack and Stripes (and later
Ghostbusters), you might as well have just called the early 80's "The
Bill Murray years."
That is why the story I am about to share with you is so
special. Because you have to keep in mind the context from
it comes from. Caddyshack and Stripes are beloved.
aren't just beloved, they are flat out worshipped. For an
generation of people, Caddyshack might be the single most revered
comedy ever made. And Stripes was actually used as a question
the World Series of Pop Culture Entrance Exam. If you wanted
be a part of the World Series of Pop Culture in 2006 and 2007, you had
to be able to identify a quote from Stripes. There weren't
other movies that you had to know a quote from. But when it
to the biggest pop culture trivia tournament in all of the land, if you
didn't know your quotes from Stripes then they didn't want you.
Arrrrrrmy training, sir!
So anyway, flash forward to the year 1998. Bill
Murray was a guest one night on The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn.
This was a show that I watched every night, and I actually
have this episode on tape if you don't believe that Murray
actually said this.
That night on the show, Kilborn was doing
his famous "5 Questions" segment. This was a segment where
picked five random questions to ask a guest, and the guest (Bill
Murray) had to sit there and answer them in rapid fire style, all in a
row. It was always a fun little segment.
Well one of the five questions that Kilborn asked Murray that night was
"Name two really funny Bill Murray movies."
obviously you know what the correct answers are. The big
Bill Murray movies have always been Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and
Stripes. For most people, this really isn't even negotiable.
an entire generation of American audiences, those three have always
big three Bill Murray movies. And I guess you can throw
Day in there too, since a lot of people seem to like that one as well.
when he was asked this question, Bill Murray didn't even hesitate.
Craig Kilborn said "Name two really funny Bill Murray movies"
without hesitation Bill Murray said "Quick Change and the first
And I remember smiling and thinking "Yes!' Because it turns
out I'm not the only person out there who is a fan of Quick Change.
Quick Change is a quirky little comedy that came out in
1990, and it has long been on my list of the world's most underrated
comedy movies. Oh, how underrated is it? Well
Quick Change wasn't even available on DVD until the mid 2000's.
For years the only way you could track it down was to find an
beat up copy of it on VHS at a yard sale or something. I'm
even sure it was even available on Amazon.
And remember, this is
a Bill Murray movie. This was a Bill Murray movie that had a
major release and was at one time a fairly well known hit.
until around 2005 you could barely even even find it on VHS!
only that, but this is a movie that Bill Murray himself
called one of the
two funniest Bill Murray movies. The man himself
said it was
one of his two best movies, in fact he even named it BEFORE he named
Ghostbusters. And for years the only people who even knew
about it were
the ones who were lucky enough to have seen it in a theater.
Good lord. That is just amazing. Quick Change might
be the single most underrated comedy movie ever made.
Quick Change is the story of a man named Grimm (Bill Murray).
And, well, one day Grimm decides he is going to rob
He decides that he hates living in New York, he hates the
of New York, he hates just about everything about New York.
So he decides he wants to
give the finger to the city of New York on the way out of town.
plan is to pull off the ultimate bank robbery. He wants to
much money, and embarrass the city so badly when he makes them all look
like fools, that people will be talking him for years after he is gone.
He wants to leave New York City as a legend. And he
wants to show the city how much he has always hated it.
So he sits down and he comes up with the ultimate bank robbery.
He robs a bank dressed like a clown
I don't want to tell you how he successfully pulls off the bank
robbery, because that is one of the best parts of the movie.
fact the first thirty minutes of Quick Change are among the funniest
first thirty minutes of a movie I have ever seen. Bill Murray
was dead on
when he called this one of his two funniest movies. The first
thirty minutes are just one great scene and one great one-liner after
another. Bill Murray has never been more deadpan or more
sarcastic than he was during the bank scenes.
There is a reason that I have always said that Quick Change is among my
top 20 most quotable movies. It is all because of the bank
Hey, that's MISTER Bozo to you.
Once he gets out of the bank with the money, Grimm thinks
he has it made. After all, the hard part of the plan is now
He has the money. And the police have no way to
From here on out, he should be on easy street. All
to do is get out of New York City and hop on a plane to some tropical
And that is where things start to get complicated.
rest of the movie is the city of New York just fucking with him.
You remember how Grimm hates NYC so bad and how he wants to
escape it? You remember how he hates New York and how he
hates the people of New York with every fiber of his being?
Quick Change is the ultimate hate letter to everything you have always
about New York City. Grimm just runs into one random New York
City mishap after
another. He just runs into one annoying New York city
resident after another. And of course, over the last hour of
the movie, Bill Murray (in true Bill Murray fashion)
just starts to get more and more pissed off about it.
Bill Murray and Randy Quaid trying to find some sort of a street sign
I remember seeing Quick Change in the theater when it first
came out. I went to see it with my parents in 1990.
remember thinking it was funny, but it was nothing special.
Yeah, it was cute. And yeah, there were some funny
And yeah, there were some good one liners. But at
I wouldn't have ranked it anywhere near Ghostbusters. Heck,
the time I wouldn't have ranked it anywhere near The Goonies.
remember thinking it was a fun but ultimately forgettable little comedy
then my friend Brian came to school and he started quoting it.
friend Brian sat next to me in band (we both played the trumpet) and he
saw Quick Change one night and he came to school wanting to tell me
about it. He started telling me how funny the bus driver
was. And as he was describing it, I remember thinking back
remembered laughing a lot at that scene too. And then I
thinking about some of the other scenes. I remembered all the
quotes during the bank robbery. I remembered the famous
"bluftoni" scene (you will know it when you see it). I
the scene with the mob ("this aint my dick in your back!")
remember sitting there laughing about it.
Quick Change is one of those
movies that you just sit there and think about, and it can make you
randomly laugh. It happens to me all the time.
STOP LOOKING AT ME!
Change was released on VHS in 1991, and for whatever reason my
parents bought it for me that year for Christmas. It was one
the first movies I ever owned. And to say that my brother and
I devoured that tape would be kind of an understatement.
put it on on endless loop in our basement, and it quickly became one of
our most quotable movies. Pretty soon my brother and I could
have entire conversations where all we did was quote Quick Change.
"This aint my dick in your back!" "That's a relief."
"At least give me the women." "Get your own women!"
"BEHIND THE WHITE LINE!"
"Bluftoni! Honk Honk!"
"Then he cold cocked me, son of a bitch. I think he had a
"He said he would carve up the troublemakers first!"
"Anyone want it? It's got a moon on it."
"You're ruining Mrs. Russ Crane's beverage service!"
"Whattya got shit in your ears?! Come on!"
"And that's here in area code 212?"
Bluftoni. Honk Honk.
know that none of those quotes mean anything to you, but man, I am
thinking about them right now and I am sitting here laughing.
Like I said, Quick Change is easily one of my most quotable
movies. I cannot believe it was forgotten by history as
completely as it was.
As a follow up to this story, a couple of
years later I was in college. I would say this was 1994 or
And here I was thinking that my brother and I were the only
people in the world who obsessively quoted Quick Change.
one day in college my RA (Resident Advisor) said that he was bringing
bunch of his favorite movies from home. He said he wanted our
floor to have
a movie night, and that everyone was invited. And
then he said that he wanted to show everyone his favorite comedy, Quick
Wait, what? Are you shitting me? Somebody
else in the world loves Quick Change?! And it turns out he is
story actually has a funny ending. My RA was kicked out of
college a couple of weeks later because he got caught drinking in his
room. But before he left, he loaned me his VHS copy of Quick
Change. So I was in possession of it when all of a sudden one
he was gone. Campus security cleared out his room and we
heard from the guy or saw him again. So I technically still
Jeff's VHS copy of Quick Change in a box in my garage. Jeff,
the off chance that you ever read this entry, I still have your tape.
I never did throw it away. Please tell me where I
any case, Quick Change is one of the all time great underrated comedy
movies, and it is a movie that I still quote and love even to this very
It is a crime that it was forgotten as completely as it was.
It is easily one of the most quotable comedies ever.
EASILY. If you love Bill Murray, if you love Bill
style of sly deadpan sarcastic commentary, you will love it.
and I should also point out that Bill Murray actually directed this
movie. It was the only movie he ever directed. And
when it didn't become a hit (and because he had a fight with the
studio) he gave up and he never directed a movie again.
As you can guess, I really think he should have directed more movies.
Change and the first Ghostbusters." That is a direct quote
Bill Murray himself. Those movies, in that order.
Never forget that quote.
favorite IMDB user reviews about Quick Change
Truly one of the most
underrated movies ever - 23 May 2005
don't blame Bill Murray for being angry with Warner Bros. for not
promoting this movie. Quick Change is one of the most underrated films
I have ever seen.
Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are
hysterical at every turn with their own neuroses. If you live in new
York City and have not seen this movie--get off your a**. You will find
yourself in tears laughing at the quips on the city and the people who
live there. It's truly a shame that QC didn't get the box office
treatment that Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day did. Because I think it's
funnier than both. (And this is coming from a HUGE fan of both.) Please
see this movie. You will not be sorry.
Murray at his best in New
York - 8 October 1998
Change" is funny. Bottom line, everything in the film works. The cast
has amazing chemistry, the scenes are tight, allowing the story to
progress without skipping a beat, and the laughs abound one after
another--while still maintaining a level of suspense. Even the story is
every bored office person's dream come true--let's rob a bank, get out
of town to some exotic island and escape this life of misery. Bill
Murray, Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are the notorious bank robbers that
can't seem to get out of New York City with their loot. If that weren't
enough, the endless barrage of effective supporting characters makes
their plight even more hilarious. Bob Elliott, Phil Hartman, Philip
Bosco, and Stanley Tucci (as well as others) give the film the colorful
cast of characters that have become New York City's trademark. Look for
Bob Elliott's scene as a bank security guard attempting to describe the
robber(s) to a police sketch artist. And Academy Award-winning Jason
Robards provides the vital calm in an otherwise insane storm,
ever-eager to capture the clowning robbers. It's a shame that this film
never really caught on with audiences. Bad timing, an R-rating,
competing films--any one or a combination of all three could have been
the culprit. It's too bad, because it's a great movie. And it truly is
a shame that Murray has yet to receive his reward for being such a
comedic genius. "Quick Change" provides relief to any urbanite who
needs to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Even if it
is for only 90 minutes or so.
under-rated gem - 27
is a clever, hysterical movie that was ignored during its initial
release. Murray, Davis, and Quaid are perfect as the too-clever-by-half
bank robbers, and the supporting cast is equally as perfect including
Stanley Tucci as a not-too bright Mafioso, Bob Elliot's fake-tough bank
guard, Phillip Bosco's by the book Bus Driver, Jason Robard's tired
supercop, and especially Tony Shalhoub's incoherent cab driver. Murray
is at his sarcastic dead-pan best as the world-class bank robber who
can't seem to get out of New York City. A classic that everybody seems
to forget about. See it again.
Underrated Comedy Classic
- 26 June 2008
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
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 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.
Quick Change is
Hilarious! - 2 January 2009
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 entire life. The scenes where they catch the bus
and have to deal with the bus driver alone are worth watching the
Not just a film about a
bank robbery, A film about either loving or hating New York - 10
It really is. I mean the whole plot premise is eat up with why they
commit this robbery...to get outta New York!!!!
whole film is eat up with situations about how New York is noisy,
inconvenient and just plain full of odd characters. Of course you throw
in Bill Murray and you get one hilariously planned bank robbery gone
"not so perfect".
For me this film is for Americans who
understand good quick 1 liners. Don't just pay attention to the
scenes/scenario, listen to the dialogue carefully and pull out the
great screen writing. Like Caddyshack and other American films that
most Europeans love to hate, this is another one that just has that
American sensibility about it...crazy and funny. Throw in a few cameos
with Tony Shaloub and Phil Hartman and this is one film you just
A great little movie - 16
is a great little movie. What's important to keep in mind though is
that it is little. But that's an amazing accomplishment to pull off
when you've got stars like Bill Murray and Geena Davis. If you you're
looking for the Bill Murray big movie experience, stick with
Ghostbusters. If you're willing kick back and open yourself to the
little, idiosyncratic world created here, you're in for a treat.
favorite quotes from Quick Change
Oh God. I could list about 50 of these, this movie is just a
90 minute long string of one liners. But
here are some
of my favorites.
What the Hell kind of clown are you?
crying on the inside kind, I guess.
Nude women! Nude women
[Grimm dressed as a clown walks by]
Clowns welcome! Clowns welcome!
that our plane?
if it were our plane, it would be crashing.
Do you think you're late enough?
you must be from around here.
[during hostage negotiations]
At least give me the women.
your own women!
thousand dollars for a taxi!
a blow job!
[An old Hispanic woman is shouting gibberish on a street corner]
must be alot of competition for that corner.
Did he hurt anybody else? Is the strain beginning to show on him?
"If I could sleep ten days and nights in a rice paddy, I could
certainly last in this lousy bank." This is what the animal said to us!
He says to Ms. Cochran here:
[makes humping motions at Phyllis] "Baby! Up your butt
with a coconut!" I think he was prepared to do it!
Except I saw no coconut. He, uh, he had no coconut to my knowledge.
Great! We'll have to sail a raft to Fiji like Thor Heyerdahl!
[Johnny holds a gun to Grimm's back]
ain't my dick in your back!
That's a relief.
[The hostage negotiator suggests Grimm let all his hostages go]
Oh I'm sure no harm will come to me once I'm inside the bank all by
Grimm: I was
in 'Nam with a jerk like you.
you say "near" the airport...
When do we get there?
Bus Driver: 22:30
is that? In human time.
Say you had to walk it...
With that injured individual?
I can't give you a precise figure on that.
on! Make a guess.
favorite scene in Quick Change
So many great scenes in Quick Change. So many funny great
scenes. But for my money, nothing beats a young Tony Shalhoub
the cab driver. To this day you can't say "bluftoni honk
around me and not make me laugh.
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