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The Big Bounce (2004)

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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.

Director:

George Armitage

Writers:

Elmore Leonard (novel), Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Jack Ryan
Butch Helemano Butch Helemano ... Hawaiian Priest
Charlie Sheen ... Bob Rogers, Jr.
Vinnie Jones ... Lou Harris
Gregory Sporleder ... Frank Pizzarro
Terry Ahue Terry Ahue ... Jimmy Opono (as Terry L. Ahue)
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson ... Con Nuuiwa
Mike Renfro Mike Renfro ... Worker #1
Tony Dorsett Tony Dorsett ... Worker #2
Brian L. Keaulana 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
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha dos Golpes See more »

Filming Locations:

North Shore, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,336,374, 1 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,471,394, 14 March 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elmore Leonard hated the original movie adaptation of his novel, The Big Bounce (1969). He did not like this version either. See more »

Goofs

When Jack says, "If that girl's not careful, she could wind up on the business end of my dick," the words are out of sync with his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Hayes: I know it wasn't just about me. Was it?
Jack Ryan: No. Come on. Those paintings on the wall could fetch a pretty penny in the right circles.
Nancy Hayes: Jack, we don't know anybody in the right circles!
Jack Ryan: I know plenty of people in plenty of circles.
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Connections

Version of The Big Bounce (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Seems To Think (You've Got Some Kind Of Hold On Me)
Written by Andre Ethier
Performed by The Deadly Snakes
Courtesy of In The Red Records
By Arrangement with Falling Elevator Music Group
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A Shaggy Dog?
19 July 2004 | by bbishop37See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that will slip through the cracks, but it's really not "bad". It's actually pretty GOOD, right up until... it doesn't have an ending. The ending seems to imply yet another twist - but it makes NO sense, and leaves more questions than it answers. The ending seems like they ran over-budget or over-time, and just stopped. The ending, it must be warned, SUCKS.

Maybe they couldn't afford a real ending; but the movie is pretty good up until then. It's a fun ride to a dead-end. Morgan Freeman settles into his part like he'd been waiting for it. Gary Sinise has a stifled role, but delivers his lines beautifully. Charlie Sheen is very nearly perfect as a slightly-dim, slightly confused henchman, and playing subtly against-type. Bebe Neuwerth appears as a boozy wife and gives far more to the part than is on the page, also against type, and perfectly-acted. Vinnie Jones stands-out too...

This movie could NOT fail - but it does. When it ends, you want to kick someone - the director or producers or studio financiers - for stopping what COULD have been so great! This movie has a painfully tiny scene with Willie Nelson and Harry Dean Stanton playing dominoes... I'm only a fan and don't know him personally, but I just KNOW that Elmore Leonard himself would stop any plot just to listen-in and watch to listen to those two guys play dominoes!

Owen Wilson is actually quite brilliant with the intricacies of the Elmore-dialogue that survive in the script! Don't say I'm wrong until you watch his scenes with Morgan Freeman in this movie. NOBODY was carrying anyone, and that's the truth. See the scenes with Charlie Sheen too - and there's a bouncing something there they keep between them. Someone on IMDb wrote "Charlie Sheen looks fat and stupid and like an ass" or something equally blind. What he DOES is play a different kind of self-effacing part, a *character* a bit of a boob - but also good and a bit "whipped" - do yourself a favor, and watch how NOT "Charlie-Sheen" he plays it - you might recognize a thing they call "acting".

Ahem, Sara Foster was the femme fatal, and the camera followed her far too much. She's gorgeous and who can blame the camera, and she gave a perfectly creditable performance; really, she was fine. Given something over a dozen better actors constantly on-hand (and the seeming final plot!) her time could have been cut a bit... but with this cast, and the first 80 minutes, this really could have been GREAT. Ignore it as the Sara Foster swimsuit video. There are some great performances hidden here. See this movie, and pretend the sequel is coming - or something.

Or don't see it - because you'll just wish it ended better.

As a shaggy-dog-story, this should end with a punchline. I'll end it the way movie ends instead, with build-up and seeming logic and then just stopping.


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