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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.



(novel), (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Ryan
Butch Helemano ... Hawaiian Priest
... Bob Rogers, Jr.
... Lou Harris
... 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)
... Walter Crewes
... Joe Lurie
... Ned Coleman
... Nancy Hayes
... Ray Ritchie


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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It's all in who you trust 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  »

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Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Jack is being freed from jail, the officer's clipboard goes in and out of his hands and the scene. See more »


Bob Rogers, Jr.: You know, if I wasn't with someone, I might just pick your ass up and carry you out of here.
Jack Ryan: You might have to if Walter here keeps buying me beer. He's getting me all liquored up, I'm just trying to keep my wits about me.
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Referenced in Superman II: Restoring the Vision (2006) See more »


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Written by Shayne Blue
Performed by Theodore
Courtesy of Shayne Blue
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A lite comedy crime caper with a few laughs and a decent ending
30 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I would like to start out my review by saying I was looking forward to the Big Bounce. I enjoy watching Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Charlie Sheen on the big screen. I however feel this movie was marketed the wrong way. It was marketed as a slapstick comedy but turned out to only have a few laughs and a lot of mystery of who's scamming who? I walked out of The Big Bounce not overly satisfied but I was amused and entertained by the film nonetheless.

The film starts off with a huge laugh out loud scene and then proceeds to start developing its story. The movie stars Owen Wilson as Jack Ryan who is just your average Hawaii surfer dude/con man. Well, Jack is trying to go straight after being thrown in jail for an act of violence with one of his coworkers. Then Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman) offers Jack a job, so Jack works for him at his local vacation hotspot. This is where the trouble starts as he runs into Hottie Nancy (Sara Foster) who talks Jack into doing one last big scam. The question of who is scamming who proceeds.

The movies' acting was pretty decent like I said above I like the actors in this film. Owen Wilson always uses his likable charm to win the audience over. Charlie Sheen played more of a scumbag in the film but he was amusing to watch as well. Morgan Freeman was playing a very calm laid back character and he looked like he was having fun. As for Sara Foster well she did what she was paid for and that was to strut her stuff and she did a great job doing just that. As for Gary Sinise, who is a great actor if I might add, well he was very under used and kind of served no real purpose in the film. I think his actual screen time was actually less than 5 minutes you think they could have gotten a real nobody to play his role.

George Armitage who brought us the film Grosse Pointe Blank with John Cusack directed the film. He did a great job capturing the beauty that is Hawaii. I loved the camera shots of the beaches, the ocean, the waves, and the beautiful scenery. The man makes pretty decent films he just needs a better marketer. I mean Grosse Pointe Blank was a decent film but was a box office bomb. I also think the Big Bounce will bomb since I went to see it on an opening night and there weren't many people in the theater. I think its because its marketed more as a comedy then anything else when it doesn't really showcase that many laughs.

Sebastian Gutierrez who wrote the movie Gothika that I actually enjoyed but many hated wrote the movie. I think Mr. Gutierrez did a good job with this screenplay. It had some clever dialog and some comedy. I think however it was missing a little juice to spice it up. It needed an action scene or more comedy scenes to make it more interesting for a wider audience.

So in conclusion, I didn't like the film as much as I thought I was but it was decent. It was amusing and kept me interested. I liked the performances and scenery. Its a decent film to see at a Matinee showing but not really worth the evening price at the theater especially in CA where they charge pretty much $10 buck a ticket. If you don't catch it in the theater it will definitely make a decent rental when it hit DVD or VHS in a few months. My final rating for the Big Bounce is a 7/10.

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