The Big Bounce


The Big Bounce

Critics Consensus

Lazily crafted and light on substance, The Big Bounce takes few chances and strands its promising cast in a subpar adaptation that fails to do its source material justice.



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George Armitage directs this big-screen adaptation of Elmore Leonard's The Big Bounce. Jack Ryan (Owen Wilson) is an occasional thief who tends to a judge (Morgan Freeman). A woman involved with Ray Ritchie (Gary Sinese), a real estate developer of questionable ethics, seduces Jack. Ritchie and the judge are old enemies, complicating Jack's moral dilemma when the girls asks Jack to help her double-cross Ritchie. The book was adapted once before with Ryan O'Neal in the Owen Wilson role.

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Owen Wilson
as Jack Ryan
Sara Foster
as Nancy Hayes
Morgan Freeman
as Walter Crewes
Charlie Sheen
as Bob Rogers Jr.
Gary Sinise
as Ray Ritchie
Bebe Neuwirth
as Alison Ritchie
Vinnie Jones
as Lou Harris
Gregory Sporleder
as Frank Pizzarro
Anahit Minasyan
as Virginia No. 9
Willie Nelson
as Joe Lurie
Harry Dean Stanton
as Bob Rogers Sr.
Andrew Wilson
as Ned Coleman
Steve Jones
as Dick, Coleman's Lover
Butch Helemano
as Hawaiian Priest
Terry L. Ahue
as Jimmy Opono
Pete Johnson
as Con Nuuiwa
Brian Keaulana
as Barry Salu
Wendy Thorlakson
as Wendy the Party Planner
Beate Antares
as Celia/PBN Girl
Brian Costa
as Waimea Willy
Mike Renfro
as Worker No. 1
Tony Dorsett
as Worker No. 2
Kelly Slater
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Big Bounce

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Audience Reviews for The Big Bounce

  • Jan 30, 2013
    Most memorable moment for those who have seen this film - the hotness of Sara Foster. It was an ideal that not even Foster could live up to in subsequent films. Other than that, the Big Bounce is big rubbish put on the screen by those who ought to have known better. The film thinks it is witty but really is a big pity.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2010
    This is a great movie that is always fun to watch. The plot is great, the characters are really fun to watch and the Hawaii backdrop is a nice touch. Owen Wilson, to me, is always funny and this was no exception. I really like the comedy approach to noir, for some reason it just really works.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2010
    Jack (Owen Wilson) is a low-key thief in Hawaii, looking for a scam after getting fired from a construction job. He winds up working for district judge Walter Crewes (Morgan Freeman), doing odd jobs and gazing at Nancy (Sara Foster), the hooker mistress of the construction magnate (Gary Sinise),from beginning to end, the leading female character, Nancy, is central to the plot of the story, Heists almost get pulled, fates almost intersect, but not quite....Apart from some beautiful shots of Hawaii and some kewl cliff diving footage, there was nothing that really grabbed me about this movie......
    ♥Robyn Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2009
    such a great cast...what the hell happened?
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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