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I haven't hit anyone since I was nine years old.....
on 12 December 2014
Grimm has devised an ingenious plan to escape New York, the city he hates so much.
Dressed as a clown, he robs a bank and escapes disguised as a hostage along with his accomplices, girlfriend Phyllis and best friend Loomis.
However, whilst robbing the bank was easy, the getaway turns into a nightmare, as the relatively simple act of getting to the airport to catch a flight becomes an q ordeal of obstructions.
Confused road-workers, con-men, mobsters, bus-drivers and a cabbie who doesn't speak a word of English, are all thrown into the mix.....
It's another case of a long forgotten film, it opened here in the UK back in 1991, I remember it played for about a week, and since then has virtually vanished without a trace. To my knowledge, it has never been aired on British terrestrial TV.
And it's really difficult to see why. Its a really funny movie, and its one of Murray's best performances of the nineties, but that's understandable swing as he produced, co- directed, and co-wrote the whole thing, but he doesn't hog all the best lines, Quaid and Davis are equally as good as his accomplices.
But the situations are downright funny, and thankfully, they are not too over the top, in fact a couple are everyday annoyances that we all come across, it's just that the characterisation and the writing make them that more funnier.
But the film hasn't aged well, its one of those early nineties movies that was still stuck in the late eighties, all the bank workers thought they were Gordon Gekko, and those mobile phones, huge!!!
But its all about the writing and performances, and to honest, they are all class.
Its a shame Murray hasn't directed more stuff, because he has a wonderful talent.