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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
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 »
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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Ryan O'Neal tangles with Leigh Taylor-Young, 10 May 2016
Author: msroz from United States

"The Big Bounce" (1969) is listed as a noir by critic John Grant. Its date of 1969 makes it more a neo-noir. In story, it is. The noir aspect of the story takes time to develop but eventually predominates. Leigh Taylor-Young is a femme fatale and a distinctive one. She's underage and being pimped by her wealthy corrupt employer, Charles Daly, to politicians and business associates so that he can gain in his cucumber farming business. She's got a wild and vindictive streak. Ryan O'Neal is a rootless character with an independent streak who has two convictions on his record and wants to avoid a third. Van Heflin is a cynical judge who takes a liking to O'Neal and provides him opportunities to stay out of trouble. Lee Grant is a wife and mother who cannot get her personal life together. The married Robert Webber, who is a manager for Daly, has an attraction to Taylor-Young and she teases him.

The focus of the movie is on the attraction of O'Neal to Taylor-Young and her relationship with him, which turns very manipulative. The tone and presentation of the material have an overall comic tinge, and this is in keeping with one element of many neo-noir films that come across as less serious than a classic noir. Van Heflin's character, a judge, holds the film together in this vein by being a kind of avuncular overseer of the proceedings, who counsels O'Neal, warns him about Taylor-Young and takes a long view of justice, not being anxious to go by the letter of the law and recognizing the power of Daly.

Taylor-Young's performance is notably delicious and she brings it off well. O'Neal can't make her out and has a problem dealing with his attraction to a woman who turns out to be very dangerous. Daly carries his role perfectly, as is his custom. Van Heflin's acting is always a pleasure. Lee Grant's part and Robert Webber's part do not integrate that well with the story. Grant is cast to her type, but Webber seems miscast. The movie doesn't develop sub-plots effectively that tie to the main plot. Mainly its strength is in character development.

Overall, I liked it. It looks handsome on the screen. It's different, especially for its time. I'd say it's an average film, but for me an average film is a good film and one I like to watch for its merits, not getting too upset over the demerits that make it average.

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