The Big Bounce (2004 film)

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The Big Bounce
Theatrical poster
Directed by George Armitage
Produced by George Armitage
Steve Bing
Written by Sebastian Gutierrez
Elmore Leonard (novel)
Starring Owen Wilson
Charlie Sheen
Morgan Freeman
Sara Foster
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball
Edited by Barry Malkin
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)
Running time 88 minutes
Language English
Budget $50 million
Box office $6,801,716

The Big Bounce is a 2004 comedy caper film starring Owen Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Sara Foster and Morgan Freeman. It was directed by George Armitage and based on a novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.

Leonard's novel had previously been adapted for the big screen in a 1969 film of the same name directed by Alex March and starring Ryan O'Neal.


The setting for the film was moved from the Thumb area of Michigan, where the novel was set,[1] to the North Shore of Oahu. The film was shot on location in Hawaii.[2]


Jack Ryan, a surfer and occasional thief, attacks the menacing Lou Harris with a baseball bat. Harris is a foreman on a Hawaii construction site run by corrupt millionaire, Ray Ritchie. The police and Ritchie's right-hand man, Bob Rogers Jr., tell Jack to leave the island when he is released from jail.

However, Judge Walter Crewes takes a liking to Jack and offers him a job as a handyman at a small resort of beach-front bungalows he owns.

Ritchie has been cheating on his wife with a much younger mistress, Nancy Hayes, who catches Jack's eye. The judge warns him that she likes "the criminal type" and cannot be trusted. Together, they break into houses for fun and profit, then come up with a scheme to steal $200,000 from Ritchie.

Harris and Rogers attempt to get even with Jack, and it turns out that Nancy is not the only one he can't trust.



The Big Bounce was a critical and commercial disaster. It cost an estimated $50 million to make, and grossed only $6,801,716 at the box office.[3] Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a meager score of 16%. Roger Ebert summed the film up by saying simply, "The movie doesn't work. It meanders and drifts and riffs".


  1. ^ "The Big Bounce". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Harada, Wayne (January 30, 2004). "Hawai'i plays itself in 'The Big Bounce'". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ The Big Bounce (2004). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-12-03.

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