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The Big Bounce (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  30 January 2004 (USA)
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A small-time con artist and a Hawaiian real estate developer's mischevious, enterprising mistress team up for a potential $200,000 score.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Butch Helemano ...
Hawaiian Priest
Lou Harris
Terry Ahue ...
Jimmy Opono (as Terry L. Ahue)
Pete Johnson ...
Con Nuuiwa
Mike Renfro ...
Worker #1
Tony Dorsett ...
Worker #2
Brian L. Keaulana ...
Barry Salu (as Brian Keaulana)
Ned Coleman


Jack Ryan, a charming but mischievous kid with a history of small cons, never nasty, as he always approaches life from the pleasant side, goes to surfers paradise Hawai, where dodgy district judge Walter Crewes enlists him to get to real big criminals. Jack finds himself teaming up in bed and thieving 'business' with Nancy Hayes, the greedy mistress of evil hotel magnate Ray Ritchie and his dumb lieutenant Bob Rogers, Jr. and a real temptress gold-digger but is about the only one without an hidden agenda... Written by KGF Vissers

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Who's scamming who? A comedy about taking a chance on paradise. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha dos Golpes  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,336,374 (USA) (30 January 2004)


$6,471,394 (USA) (12 March 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The finished PG-13 rated film appears to have a great deal of censoring from what was probably originally cut as an R film. As such several "f" words are overdubbed with much less strong words (with their mouths visibly saying something else). Also, it appears the romance between Jack and Nancy had been toned down slightly by removing scenes and moments that appear in the film's theatrical trailer. See more »


While Jack and Nancy are skinny dipping and the car is being towed, the car is seen to pass behind the low-lying bushes twice. See more »


[Jack and Nancy kiss]
Jack Ryan: Aw, come on.
Nancy Hayes: I'm spoken for.
[Jack tugs Nancy's overalls]
Jack Ryan: No, you're not.
Nancy Hayes: Yes, I am.
[Nancy takes Jack by the hand]
Nancy Hayes: Come on, let's go peek in some windows.
Jack Ryan: Have a heart.
Nancy Hayes: It'll be fun, come on.
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It's Your Thing
Written by O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley and Rudolph Isley
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Courtesy of Epic Records
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The Big Snooze
21 October 2007 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Considering the cast and the fact that it was an Elmore Leonard adaptation, I wanted to see this flick. However, it was disappointing. The film (though very small) moved at an extremely lethargic pace with hardly anything happening (except in the last 5 minutes or something). I haven't read Leonard's book so I can't comment on how fair it was to the script. There isn't much of a story as pretty much nothing happens in more than half the movie. The non-compelling ending is very badly written and we are left to figure out the plot holes. Why just the ending, the whole film is boring. The dialogues are, now I don't use this word often but, lame. A few funny moments include the breaking in the cops house, the fight between Sheen and Wilson while the girl watches.

Sadly, the cast has been wasted. Wilson and Foster have no chemistry. Being a talented actor, Wilson deserves a better movie. Poor Morgan Freeman hardly has anything to do except utter a few wise (not really) words. Sheen and Sinise have insignificant roles. Newarth springs a surprise but is hardly there. Foster is alright.

On the flip side, the cinematography gives us a wonderful tour through exotic Hawaii. It makes me want to go there and at times, I thought maybe the director and cast just happened to be there on holiday and decided to make a film. The soundtracks quite okay too. Thankfully it's a short film too so one not need to suffer too much. Even to fans of the cast and Leonard, this will be a disappointment.

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