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Elmore Leonard (novel)
Robert Dozier (screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1969 (Austria) See more »
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  (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
Art Department
Frank L. Brown .... set dresser (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jerry Styner .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Other crew
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... assistant to executive producer

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102 min
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Actors Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young were a married couple at the time of filming.See more »
Cheryl:Was that uncle Jack?
Sam Mirakian:*Uncle* Jack?
Cheryl:That's what mommy calls him.
Sam Mirakian:The world's full of relatives. Ain't it, kid?
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All about kicks, 15 December 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Taking advantage of the enormous publicity from the small screen when cast members Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young became a small screen Dick and Liz, they were cast in The Big Bounce. Both were cast in roles suitable to each other, but Leigh made far more of it than Ryan.

O'Neal is a rather quick tempered drifter who is a Vietnam veteran and doing farm labor work for lack of something better. It also fits the unsettled character of his nature. As the film opens he's in trouble having stabbed one of the migrants, a fellow known for a nasty temper and the fact he was reputed to carry a knife.

Knowing all that the local town judge Van Heflin persuades the prosecutor to drop the whole thing and Heflin offers room, board, and a job at his motel. But O'Neal finds something Heflin can't compete with in the intriguing and sexy mantrap Leigh Taylor-Young.

Maybe Carroll Baker in Baby Doll made a sexier big screen debut, but she's the only one I can think of. Taylor-Young is a child of the Sixties. She's the kept mistress of Robert Webber manager of the pickle works and the biggest employer in the area. She's also one spoiled rotten and dangerously psychotic woman. What Taylor-Young is is all about kicks, getting them wherever she can.

The question is will O'Neal who isn't the strongest of characters be able to resist this woman and the dangerous things she does just to get what she calls The Big Bounce.

The Big Bounce is an inauspicious debut for O'Neal who would really hit it big shortly with Love Story. But it did guarantee him a lengthy career. But Mrs. O'Neal really runs away with this picture as the kind of woman that ought to come with a warning label.

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