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The Big Bounce
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Writers:
Elmore Leonard (novel)
Robert Dozier (screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1969 (Austria) See more »
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Plot:
A Vietnam veteran and ex-con is persuaded by a shady woman to rob a $50,000 payroll account on a California produce farm. But who is playing who? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Of Interest But Not Truly Successful In Adapting Elmore Leonard's Work See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ryan O'Neal ... Jack Ryan

Leigh Taylor-Young ... Nancy Barker

Van Heflin ... Sam Mirakian

Lee Grant ... Joanne

James Daly ... Ray Ritchie

Robert Webber ... Bob Rodgers
Cindy Eilbacher ... Cheryl
Noam Pitlik ... Sam Turner
Victor Paul ... Comacho
Kevin O'Neal ... Boy in dune buggy
Charles Cooper ... Senator
Paul Sorensen ... Senator's associate

Phyllis Davis ... Girl in bikini

Directed by
Alex March 
 
Writing credits
Elmore Leonard (novel)

Robert Dozier (screenplay)

Produced by
William Dozier .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Curb 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz 
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
 
Production Design by
Serge Krizman 
 
Set Decoration by
Audrey A. Blasdel  (as Audrey Blasdel)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Sam Strangis .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Bernhardt .... assistant director
Robert Birnbaum .... assistant director (as Bob Birnbaum)
Alan Rudolph .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Jerry Styner .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
 
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Charles B. Fitzsimons .... assistant to executive producer
 

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102 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Actors Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young were a married couple at the time of filming.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Ryan:B & E.
Jack Ryan:What's that?
Jack Ryan:Breaking and entering.
Nancy Barker:You mean you just go into peoples' houses and take things?
Jack Ryan:Well, there wouldn't be much point otherwise, would there?
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Of Interest But Not Truly Successful In Adapting Elmore Leonard's Work, 19 March 2004
Author: sep1051 from Montreal, Canada

I watched this movie with curiosity rather than interest inasmuch as I'd seen some comments that it had "bombed" when initially released. The ratings in IMDB, where as many people rated it a four as rated it a ten, clearly showed that it elicits a wide range of individual reactions. Personally I thought that it was worth watching but has a number of weaknesses. Jack Ryan (Ryan O'Neal) is a drifter working as a farm field worker. Fired for getting into a fight he escapes trial due to the intervention of the local judge, Sam Mirakian (Van Heflin). Jack is told to leave town by the farm supervisor Bob Rodgers (Robert Webber). However he stays after meeting the farm owner, "pickle king" Ray Ritchie (James Daly) and his secretary/mistress Nancy Barker (Leigh Taylor-Young). Jack takes a job as handyman at a hotel owned by the judge where he also meets a divorced woman, Joanne (Lee Grant), and her daughter. Unfortunately Jack begins to romance Nancy who turns out to be a thrill seeker (nice 1960's exploitation movie term!). Thrills include vandalism, breaking and entering and more (no sense giving away the plot). The movie is not entirely successful. In large part this is because it was taken from a book by Elmore Leonard. His works have a significant element of black comedy but, when played straight as here, it comes off as absurd melodrama. This movie has none of the sense of fun (i.e. Get Shorty) that this nuanced material needs. Fortunately Elmore Leonard's plots are relatively complex and full of incident so the movie keeps going and doesn't sag. The actors, aside from the pleasure of seeing them all so young, are mixed. Ryan O'Neal is best at light comedy which is to say that his performance here is limited. Leigh Taylor-Young displays a far greater range although, from time to time, a little histrionic for my personal taste (but then again I'm not a big Bette Davis fan either). While I've always looked forward to seeing Robert Webber I have to admit that he has only one expression throughout this movie. James Daly is underutilized but does have one extremely nasty scene, in the delicious sense of the word, pimping Nancy ("How would I know, I'm in produce"). The revelation is Van Heflin who is far more avuncular than I've ever seen him. I swear he was "channeling" Brian Keith! Unfortunately he lived only another two years and we lost what could have been a very interesting career as an older "character" man. RIP. The technical credits are fine and the gorgeous California scenery, I suspect the Monterey peninsula, would convince me to move. Overall the movie is worth watching but shows why Elmore Leonard's novels have a reputation for being poorly adapted to the screen.

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