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The Big Bounce -- 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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Elmore Leonard (novel)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Owen Wilson ... Jack Ryan
Butch Helemano ... Hawaiian Priest

Charlie Sheen ... Bob Rogers, Jr.

Vinnie Jones ... Lou Harris

Gregory Sporleder ... Frank Pizzarro
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)

Morgan Freeman ... Walter Crewes

Willie Nelson ... Joe Lurie

Andrew Wilson ... Ned Coleman

Sara Foster ... Nancy Hayes

Gary Sinise ... Ray Ritchie

Wendy Thorlakson ... Wendy the Party Planner

Beate Antares ... Celia / PBN Girl
Anahit Minasyan ... Virginia (#9)

John Florence ... Himself (as John John Florence)
Lita Weidenbach ... Rell
Leigh French ... Rell

Kala Alexander ... Himself

Kelly Slater ... Himself
Brian Costa ... Waimea Willy
Steve Jones ... Dick, Coleman's Lover

Bebe Neuwirth ... Alison Ritchie

Harry Dean Stanton ... Bob Rogers, Sr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mia Marcus ... Beachgirl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Armitage 
Writing credits
Elmore Leonard (novel)

Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay)

Produced by
Beate Antares .... associate producer (as Beate Piotrowski)
Brent Armitage .... executive producer
George Armitage .... producer
Steve Bing .... producer
Channing Dungey .... co-producer (as Channing Dungee)
Brad Goodman .... associate producer (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Gary Marcus .... associate producer
Jorge Saralegui .... producer
Janice F. Sperling .... associate producer
Zane Weiner .... executive producer
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball 
Film Editing by
Brian Berdan 
Barry Malkin 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Art Direction by
John Bucklin 
Set Decoration by
Chris L. Spellman  (as Chris Spellman)
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
Tracy Tynan 
Makeup Department
Deena Adair .... hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
Lynn Barber .... key makeup artist
Janis Clark .... key hair stylist
Fiona Connon .... makeup artist: Mr. Wilson
Paulette Crammond .... assistant hair stylist
Nancy Hancock .... makeup artist: Mr. Freeman (as Nancy Worthen-Hancock)
Geraldine Jones .... hair stylist: Mr. Wilson (as Gerry Jones)
Karen Iboshi Preiser .... assistant makeup artist (as Karen Preiser)
Benjamin Robin .... makeup artist: Mr. Sinise
Gabriel Solana .... makeup artist: Mr. Sheen (as Gabriel Salano)
Jean Webber .... hair stylist: Mr. Sheen
Production Management
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Zane Weiner .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brent Armitage .... second unit director
Phil Dupont .... first assistant director: second unit
Phil Dupont .... second assistant director
Peter Hollocker .... second second assistant director
Jon Mallard .... second assistant director: second unit
Gary Marcus .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alvin S. Cabrinha Jr. .... a/c tech
Robert E. Denne .... supervising paint foreman
Will Eastin .... graphic designer
Sean Ginevan .... lead man
Michael Kaahanni Jr. .... swing gang (as Michael Ka'ahanuni Jr.)
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
Kelii Landford .... stand-by greensman (as W. Kelii Landford)
Craig K. Lewis .... props
Russell Maki .... swing gang
John Marano .... on-set dresser
Carter Mitchell .... swing gang
Shanna Norton .... art department coordinator
Samuel Pactol .... painter
Monica Perez .... assistant property master
Warren Roberts .... general foreman
Kenneth K. Sato .... construction coordinator (as Kenneth Sato)
Bob Shaefer .... stand-by scenic
Helen Wilson .... draper
Liloa Wong .... greensman (as Clyde Wong)
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher S. Aud .... supervising sound editor
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
Dave Bergstrom .... re-recording engineer
George Berndt .... supervising adr editor
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Tom Caton .... boom operator (as Thomas Caton)
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant sound editor (as Jeff Cranford)
Frank Fleming .... sound re-recordist (as Frank Flemming)
Patrick J. Foley .... dialogue editor (as Pat Foley)
Terry Garcia .... assistant sound editor
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer (as Richard Goodman)
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Adam Johnston .... sound effects editor (as Adam Johnson)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (as Maryjo Lang)
Frank A. Montaño .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank Montaño)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby film sound
John Reynolds .... cable person
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joe Schwartz .... assistant sound editor
Tim Webb .... sound re-recordist
David Werntz .... sound editor
Rick Hromadka .... sound editor (uncredited)
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor (uncredited )
Special Effects by
Archie Ahuna .... special effects coordinator
Fern N. Ahuna .... special effects (as Fern Ahuna)
Clarence Logan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Kyle DeVriendt .... visual effects editor: Cinesite
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer: Custom Film Effects
Adam Gass .... digital line-up: Custom Film Effects
R.J. Harbour .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as RJ Harbour)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Kenneth Littleton .... digital compositor: Cinesite (as Ken Littleton)
Valerie McMahon .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
Carl S.G. Moore .... visual effects producer: Cinesite (as Carl Moore)
Jerry Pooler .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
L. Elizabeth Powers .... lead digital artist: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Brad Reinke .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Tony Sgueglia .... data operations: Cinesite
David Smithson .... data wrangler: Custom Film Effects
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Steve Wright .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Danny Albano .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording supervisor: Cinesite Hollywood (uncredited)
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager: Cinesite Hollywood (uncredited)
Terry Ahue .... stunts (as Terry L. Ahue)
Tim Biello .... stunts
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophrey Brown)
Nathan Carroll .... stunts
Brian Costa .... stunts
Darrick Doerner .... stunts (as Derrick Doerner)
Doug Foster .... stunts
Mari Fugere .... stunts
Kai Garcia .... stunts
Tabby Hanson .... stunts (as Tabby Hanson Graham)
Cara Hemperly .... stunts
Andrea Hester .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Noah Johnson .... stunts
Pete Johnson .... stunts
Brian L. Keaulana .... stunts (as Brian Keaulana)
Rusty Keaulana .... stunts
Issac Nichols .... stunts
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunts
Guy Pere .... stunts
Tamayo Perry .... stunts
Rush Randle .... stunts
Art Rivers .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Brendan Shea .... stunts
Kelly Slater .... stunts
Erik Stabenau .... stunts
Sarah Stein .... stunts
Michael A. Stewart .... stunts
Michael Trisler .... stunts
Jeffrey G. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Kubr .... stunts (uncredited)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt double: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Berner .... first assistant camera: second unit
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Alex Cruz .... best boy grip
Dan Delgado .... chief lighting technician
Vance Gage .... dolly grip
Mark Gerasimenko .... second assistant camera: second unit
Thomas Gibson .... key grip
Hector Gutierrez .... dolly grip
David Homcy .... first assistant camera: second unit
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator (as Jay Huntoon)
Alan Jacoby .... camera loader
Don King .... director of photography: wave unit
Glen Magers .... lighting technician
Jai Mansson .... second assistant camera: second unit
Frank Mathews .... assistant chief lighting technician
Annie McEveety .... first assistant camera
Jody Miller .... Steadicam operator
Jody Miller .... a camera operator: steadicam
Jody Miller .... camera operator
Sonny Miller .... camera operator: wave unit
Leo J. Napolitano .... camera operator (as Leo Napolitano)
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera
Kevin Nishino .... first assistant camera
David B. Nowell .... aerial director of photography: second unit
Douglas Olivares .... camera operator: "c" camera, second unit (as Douglas Oliveras)
Chris Pavlu .... electrician
Rick Rader .... rigging grip
Chad Rivetti .... libra head technician
Jim Rose .... rigging gaffer (as James Rose)
Lukas Seno .... rigging electric
Andrew Sych .... spacecam technician: second unit
Dale White .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Lynda Wu .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Rocky Babcock .... libra head operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Micah Dahlberg .... casting assistant
David Rapaport .... casting associate
Deedra Ricketts .... extras casting (as Deedee Rickets)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Iris Crall .... costume supervisor (as Iris Crall)
Sherry Fox .... additional wardrobe
Geri Infante .... costumer
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Antonnette C.K. Reed .... wardrobe: Mr. Wilson (as Antonnette Reed)
Keawe Thurston .... additional wardrobe
Cathie Valdovino .... wardrobe: Mr. Freeman (as Cathy Valdovino)
Editorial Department
Keith Croket .... first assistant editor
Jesus De Santiago .... post-production assistant
Peter Kwong .... assistant editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
David Reale .... first assistant editor
Dennis Thorlaksen .... assistant film editor (as Denny Thorlaksen)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Music Department
Chuck Choi .... score recordist (as Charles Choi)
George S. Clinton .... conductor
George S. Clinton .... score producer
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician: Hawaiian lap steel guitar
Michael Fisher .... musician: bongos (as Mike Fisher)
Mike Flicker .... music editor: scoring stage (as Michael Flicker)
Richard Ford .... supervising music editor
Matt Friedman .... music editor: scoring stage (as Matthew Friedman)
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Tom Hardisty .... assistant scoring engineer (as Tom Hardesty)
Oliver Hug .... assistant music editor
Suzie Katayama .... orchestrator
Steve Kempster .... score engineer
David Marquette .... scoring engineer (as Dave Marqutte)
Peymon Maskan .... music coordinator
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Dean Parks .... musician: ukulele
Joel C. Peskin .... musician: baritone saxophone (as Joel Peskin)
Jeffrey Potokar .... assistant music editor (as Jeff Potokar)
Bryon Rickerson .... music editor: uncredited
Angie Rubin .... music editor: temp score
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Sharon Smith .... music editor: temp music
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Bob Zimmitti .... musician: shaker
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Irish Barber .... transportation coordinator: Hawaii (as Irish Barber-Kananaole)
D. Scott Guthrie .... transportation captain: Los Angeles (as Scott Gurthrie)
Myles Kawakami .... transportation captain: Hawaii (as Myles M. Kawakami)
Howie Mandel .... picture car mechanic (as Howard Mandel)
Stan Mataele .... driver
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator: Los Angeles
Robert Gaskill .... driver: Mr. Freeman (uncredited)
Kelly Loo .... driver (uncredited)
George A. Miki .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Matt Adler .... adr loop group
Donovan Ahuna .... craft service
Beate Antares .... assistant: Mr. Armitage (as Beate Piotrowski)
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant
Erin Beehan .... office production aide
Gavin J. Behrman .... assistant production accountant (as Gavin Behrman)
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Thomas Brunelle .... adr loop group
Jennifer Burnett .... office production aide
Stephanie Byer .... adr loop group
William Calvert .... adr loop group
David Chevalier .... helicopter pilot
David D. Clark .... marine coordinator
Renee Confair .... location manager (as Renee Confair Sensano)
Brian Costa .... production assistant
Mary Dang .... office production aide
Dominique Donovan .... assistant post-production accountant
Will Easton .... office production aide
Steve Eckelman .... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Steve Eckleman)
Scott Ejercito .... projectionist
Mary K. Fanto .... product placement (as Mary Fanto)
Laurel S. Foi .... assistant location manager
Leigh French .... adr loop group
Sierra French-Myerson .... adr loop group
Eddie Frierson .... adr loop group (as Eric Frierson)
Peter D. Graves .... marketing consultant (as Peter Graves)
Joanne Guthrie .... assistant: Mr. Weiner
Vern Hoke .... set medic (as Vernie Hoke)
Walrus J.U.I.C.E. Howard .... assistant location manager
Billy Jayne .... adr loop group
Polly Johnsen .... studio executive (uncredited)
Kim Kahana Jr. .... adr loop group (as Kim K. Kahana Jr.)
Tony Kahana .... adr loop group (as Anthony Kahana)
Norman Kali .... office production aide
Norman Kali .... office production assistant
Kahealani Kamakaiwi .... production aide
Lamond Kanaka'ole .... assistant location manager (as Lamond S.K. Kanka'ole)
Katherine Knox .... production secretary
Roxann Langlois .... assistant production office coordinator
Kai Li .... production assistant
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Brian Matsumura .... office production aide
Cody McClintock .... production aide (as Cody R. McClintock)
Ric Menello .... consultant: Mr. Wilson (as R. Morello)
Melvin Miranda .... animal handler (as Melvin Miranda Sr.)
Christine Nonnenmacher .... office production aide
Don Orlando .... production accountant (as Donald Orlando)
Jordan Perzik .... office production aide: Los Angeles
Quentin Pierre .... assistant: Mr. Freeman
Lawrence Quindica .... unspecified crew member
Claire Raskind .... unit publicist (as Claire Cooper)
Tanoai Reed .... adr loop group
Scott Rorie .... key set production aide
Jill Sayre .... adr loop group
Randy Spangler .... location manager
Janice F. Sperling .... production supervisor
Jules Stewart .... script supervisor (as Jules Mann Stewart)
Diane Sunderlin .... production office coordinator (as Dianne Sunderlin)
Ronn Wong .... marine crew
KiKi Yoshimoto .... production staff
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (as Robert M. Zajonc)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot: second unit (as Robert M. Zajonc)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot (as Robert M. Zajonc)
Ian Carrington .... assistant: Vinnie Jones (uncredited)
Chris Kephart .... stand-in: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Kevin Nakatsuka .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Natoli .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charles Nordeen .... stand-in: Gregory Sporleader (uncredited)
Erik Proveaux .... head chef (uncredited)
Sheridan 'Sherry' Spangler .... location manager (uncredited)
Jack Stern .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Kim Thio .... set medic: additional photography (uncredited)
Christian Riese Lassen .... acknowledgment: artwork in Ray Ritchie's beach house by (as Christian Lassen)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and nudity, violence and language
88 min
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The film's initial cut received an NC-17 rating; second cut was R-rated. However, the studio decided to go for a PG-13 rating, which required drastic cutting of multiple scenes and was done against the wishes of director George Armitage. Armitage quit the project during the editing stage and has never seen the theatrical cut.See more »
Continuity: At the end, Jack puts one of Nancy bags in the limo. In the next shot, she has it in her hands.See more »
Nancy Hayes:Jack, what do you think will happen if that money reaches those thugs.
Jack Ryan:I don't know. They'll probably have a hell of a luau.
Nancy Hayes:I mean to Walter!
Jack Ryan:We'll probably get invited.
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42 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
The Big Bore, 9 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) has a tendency for bad decisions and bad luck, including ending up on the wrong side of the law, so he's fled to Hawaii. Unfortunately, his luck is going just as badly there. He hits his boss, loses his job, and is thrown in jail. After he gets out, he sees Nancy Hayes (Sara Foster) and falls for her, even though she's the mistress of an island bigwig, Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinise), and then some. Together they hatch a scheme to rip-off Ritchie, but how many people are involved, and how?

Was it that this large, talented cast was just looking for a paid vacation in Hawaii? I've liked most of the cast's previous films--I've seen tens of them from each principal cast member, and think there have only been a few I would pan. I've liked all of the adaptations of writer Elmore Leonard's work that I've seen so far (although admittedly, I haven't seen anywhere near the majority). But The Big Bounce is just a big, boring mess. I haven't seen any of screenwriter Sebastian Guiterrez or director George Armitage's previous work, so maybe we can blame them.

The biggest problem is that nothing much happens in the film for over half of its length, and when something does happen (primarily at the very end of the film), it is so poorly constructed that it's not very clear what's going on. Most of the film is more of a realist drama about, well, nothing, where Armitage seems to have directed his cast to say all of their lines with bizarre pauses, like they're severe asthmatics, and where Guiterrez' dialogue seems to primarily consist of banalities and non-sequiturs. There were a few moderately funny bits (the break-in at the cop's house, Bob Jr. (Charlie Sheen) visiting Nancy at an awkward time), but even those weren't laugh-out-loud hilarious when they should have been, and more often than not the script's attempts at humor fell flat, as did its attempts at realistic dialogue, intrigue, and just about everything else.

The large cast is primarily wasted. The only person not cruelly underused is Owen Wilson, and Wilson seems to be at a loss with the material. There are some nice shots of scenery, even if a lot of them are composites. I also thought the soundtrack songs were okay to good.

I haven't read Leonard's book yet, but I can't imagine that it's as uneventful, dull and ultimately confusing as this film. Even if it were, surely a script could be constructed out of the material that gradually weaves the various main characters' threads in a compelling and humorous way, leading up to an exciting twist ending. But such a script isn't to be found here.

Even if you're a big fan of the cast or Leonard, The Big Bounce is only worth watching to demonstrate that talented ingredients will not necessarily produce a successful film.

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