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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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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)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nancy tells Jack that he's "all right in a sort of a limited way for an off-night", a line from "I Know What I Know" from Paul Simon's "Graceland" album. See more »


At the end, after Nancy completes her chat with Jack at the "Pinapple Princess" hut, his limo speeds away. But Nancy magically appears 50-60 ft down the road in the direction she originally came from, walking by the same broken-down pickup truck (toward the PP hut) that she previously ran by en route to Jack's limo. See more »


Bob Rogers, Jr.: You trying to be cute?
Walter Crewes: Now, Junior, who can be cute with you around?
Bob Rogers, Jr.: This is company business, Walter.
Walter Crewes: Does he work for you?
Bob Rogers, Jr.: No, but we paid him off and he agreed to leave.
Walter Crewes: You paid him off because you owed him. Now he doesn't work for you anymore. Right? Right. So if he doesn't want to go anywhere, he doesn't have to. Right? Right.
Jack Ryan: Right.
Bob Rogers, Jr.: You gonna let him fight your battles for you?
Jack Ryan: Yeah. He seems to be doing a good job.
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Weekend Song
Written by Tenor Fly (as Jonathan Sutter), Paul Davies, Matt Cantor (as Matthew D. Cantor),
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Big waste of time and talent
1 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, Owen Wilson plays Jack Ryan, an affable surfer who gets pulled into a crime caper by Nancy (Sara Foster), the beautiful mistress of a wealthy developer in Oahu, Hawaii. Soon, he and a judge, played by Morgan Freeman, are plotting against the developer, but Jack finds that he got more than he bargained for with Nancy.

I have never read the novel so I can't compare the movie to the book but I doubt the book is this bad. If Elmore Leonard doesn't like it then it's probably a disgrace to the book. The story itself isn't very fresh or new though the film does have an impressive cast. Unfortunately, the cast did little to help this very poor film. It ended up being a big waste of time and talent. The movie is just very dull and stupid. There really isn't a very clear idea of what type of genre this movie is supposed to be in. It wasn't a comedy because it wasn't funny at all. It wasn't a thriller because it offered no surprises. It was a crime caper except it wasn't very exciting and it offered no intrigue at all.

The acting is surprisingly flat and dull. Most of the actors seem to be more interested in a paycheck than anything else. This is Owen Wilson's worst film to date and it's also his worst performance. He just didn't seem to be trying at all. Gary Sinise wasn't used much which is a good thing because his performance was pretty mundane. Charlie Sheen tried way too hard to be funny and he ended up just being annoying. Morgan Freeman just gave a dull performance and Sara Foster was pretty weak but she is beautiful.

I blame director George Armitage for this garbage. He had the right actors and the right story, he just couldn't keep a good focus on it. There were a bunch of ideas going all over the place and the film was just so messy. He doesn't keep the audience guessing because they most likely won't care. He doesn't keep the audience entertained because there are very few engaging scenes. He really has nothing important to say either and The Big Bounce is just a very unnecessary movie. In the end, The Big Bounce is simply not worth watching. Rating 3/10

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