The Big Bounce (2004 film)

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The Big Bounce
Theatrical release 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 [1]
Box office $6,808,550

The Big Bounce is a 2004 comedy heist 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,[2] to the North Shore of Oahu. The film was shot on location in Hawaii.[3]


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 film has received generally negative reviews; review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 16% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 134 reviews, with an average score of 4.1/10;the consensus states: "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".[4]

Box office[edit]

This film also flopped at the American box office, grossing only $6,808,550 against its $50 million budget. [5]


  1. ^ "The Big Bounce (2004) - Box Office Flops". 
  2. ^ "The Big Bounce". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Harada, Wayne (January 30, 2004). "Hawai'i plays itself in 'The Big Bounce'". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Big Bounce". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ The Big Bounce (2004). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-12-03.

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