The Big Bounce (2004 film)
|The Big Bounce|
|Directed by||George Armitage|
|Produced by||George Armitage
|Written by||Sebastian Gutierrez
Elmore Leonard (novel)
|Music by||George S. Clinton|
|Editing by||Barry Malkin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||January 30, 2004|
|Running time||88 minutes|
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.
Surfer dude and occasional thief Jack Ryan takes a baseball bat to the head of the menacing Lou Harris, a foreman on a Hawaii construction site run by corrupt millionaire Ray Ritchie. The police and Ritchie's right-hand man, Bob Rogers Jr., all tell Jack they want him off the island as soon as he's out of jail.
A local judge, Walter Crewes, has different ideas. He seems to take a liking to Jack and offers him a job as a handyman at a small resort of beachfront bungalows he owns.
Ritchie has been cheating on his wife with a much younger mistress, the sexy Nancy Hayes, who catches Jack's eye. The judge warns him that she likes "the criminal type" and can't 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 both come looking to get even with Jack. And it turns out that Nancy is not the only one he can't trust.
- Owen Wilson as Jack Ryan
- Morgan Freeman as Walter Crewes
- Charlie Sheen as Bob Rogers, Jr.
- Sara Foster as Nancy Hayes
- Vinnie Jones as Lou Harris
- Gary Sinise as Ray Ritchie
- Bebe Neuwirth as Alison Ritchie
- Willie Nelson as Joe
- Harry Dean Stanton as Bob Rogers, Sr.
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. 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".