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The Big Bounce -- When Ryan O'Neal, an ex-GI with a prison record, falls for his boss' girlfriend, sparks fly as romance mixes with crime.


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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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Sexy Mix of Noir and Teen Exploitation. Fairly Hot Stuff See more (10 total) »


  (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
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 »
Jack Ryan:El pupino grande.
Ray Ritchie:What's that?
Jack Ryan:That's what the pickers call you.
Ray Ritchie:I'm afraid to ask what it means.
Jack Ryan:The great cucumber.
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Sexy Mix of Noir and Teen Exploitation. Fairly Hot Stuff, 27 March 2004
Author: jaxla from Los Angeles, CA

In its own sexy, shoddy way, this 1969 film version of an early Elmore Leonard novel is better than the recent "hip" version with Owen Wilson. It mixes film noir conventions with teen exploitation riffs and a fair amount of nudity for a guilty pleasure that's redolent of late 60s/early 70s cheeseball cinema.

Ryan O'Neal is a drifter (good hearted, of course) who hooks up with Leigh Taylor Young, a bad girl out for "kicks." Leigh gets Ryan into bed and then into vandalism and robbery and...well, you know where the film is going. It's the journey that's the fun.

O'Neal had a sort of bruised likability that worked for him on TV's Peyton Place and he uses it effectively here. Young, married to him at the time and his PPlace co star, is sulky and seductive and, oh yes, naked a lot as a girl who just wants to have fun. Their brief love scenes have a fair amount of steam to them and watching them drop their bell bottoms to go skinny dipping gives the whole movie a certain "Boogie Nights" flavor. The (then) O'Neals were one hot couple.

There's a good supporting cast: Robert Webber, Lee Grant, doing a dry run for "Shampoo" as a horny divorcee, James Daly, a nice, slimy villain who pimps out Ms. Young to some business men, and Van Heflin in what may be his last role. On the downside, the direction is a bit flat, lacking in the kind of edge that can really make a crime story cook. And the score, as noted in another post, is atrocious, poured like syrup over scene after scene.

The Big Bounce definetly qualifies as a guilty pleasure, what with Ms. Young going hysterical and smashing a living room up with a fire poker and O'Neal smashing an opponent smack in the face with a baseball bat, and in the credits no less. All in all, this version is preferable to the Owen Wilson one in which you can practically see the actors' tongues push out their cheeks as they condescend to the materail. Here there's a fair amount of sweat, exploitation and a hint of camp as the good looking leads go through their noir paces. Worth a rental.

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