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Big Bounce
     

The Big Bounce

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Director: George Armitage, Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise

Cast: George Armitage, Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise

 

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George Armitage directs Owen Wilson in the Elmore Leonard adaptation The Big Bounce, which makes its debut on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials

Overview

George Armitage directs Owen Wilson in the Elmore Leonard adaptation The Big Bounce, which makes its debut on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a run-of-the-mill 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, a pair of short films about surfing, and the theatrical trailer. This disc is fine for what it is, but a widescreen version that is preferable to this edition is also available.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
The Big Bounce is passable entertainment, but it never lives up to its promise. George Armitage, who nailed Charles Willeford's down-and-dirty sardonic tone in the woefully underseen Miami Blues and found the right mood for the tricky screenplay of Grosse Point Blank, would seem to have a feel for this kind of darkly comic material, supplied by the redoubtable Elmore Leonard (and adapted by screenwriter Sebastian Gutierrez). The cast is impressive, with amiable goofball leading man Owen Wilson providing quirky energy and newcomer Sara Foster surprisingly effective as the surfer-girl femme fatale (though this is a softer version of the character in Leonard's novel). The scenery is plenty lush, but the film's narrative drive seems to get lost in the Hawaiian surf. The plot is weak by caper standards, and a strong supporting cast is pretty much wasted. Minor characters that need to be fleshed out in order to hold our interest, like Morgan Freeman's laid-back judge and Bebe Neuwirth's alcoholic rich man's wife, are held in check to provide "surprising" story payoffs that will likely leave viewers scratching their heads. Armitage is usually sure-handed with incidental music (think of the way "Spirit in the Sky" juices the opening of Miami Blues, or of the clever use of cheesy 1980s hits in Grosse Point Blank), but he makes a huge gaffe here in using the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" in one scene, evoking Steven Soderbergh's far superior Leonard adaptation, Out of Sight. While The Big Bounce ambles along pleasantly enough, that unfortunate musical cue calls to mind how much better it could have been.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
UPC:
0085392836727
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Big Bounce: A Con in the Making"; "Wicked Waves": stunt surfer outtakes; "Surfing the Pipeline: Surfing in the Aloha state"; Theatrical trailer; English and Français (dubbed in Quebec) language tracks; English, Français, and Español subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Jack Ryan
Morgan Freeman Walter Crewes
Gary Sinise Ray Ritchie
Sara Foster Nancy Hayes
Willie Nelson Joe Lurie
Vinnie Jones Lou Harris
Bebe Neuwirth Alison Ritchie
Charlie Sheen Bob Rogers, Jr.
Harry Dean Stanton Bob Rogers Sr.
Andrew Wilson Ned Coleman
Steve Jones Dick
Anahit Minasyan Virginia (No. 9)
Gregory Sporleder Frank Pizzarro
Wendy Thorlakson Wendy the Party Planner

Technical Credits
George Armitage Director
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Brent Armitage Executive Producer
Brian Berdan Editor
Steve Bing Producer
John Bucklin Art Director
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Channing Dungey Co-producer
Mali Finn Casting
Richard Bryce Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
Sebastian Gutierrez Screenwriter
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Barry Malkin Editor
Gary Marcus Asst. Director
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
Jorge Saralegui Producer
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design
Tracy Tynan Costumes/Costume Designer
Zane Weiner Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. At Bat [3:08]
2. Big Hit in Jail [2:52]
3. Turn-Ons [3:15]
4. Delivery and Take-Out [4:41]
5. Euphemistically Speaking [4:22]
6. Her Outlaw Visitor [4:53]
7. Cat and Mouse [3:37]
8. Ever Stolen Any Money? [3:06]
9. Other People's Property [3:39]
10. Yes, Officer [2:24]
11. A Hint From Walter [3:32]
12. Schemes and Fixes [3:38]
13. Bashing Bob [2:17]
14. Two Easy Guys [3:00]
15. Truth or the Other [2:38]
16. Coming Together and Apart [4:37]
17. Getting in Deep [4:17]
18. Surprise Surprise [3:12]
19. Bob Can't Do It [3:23]
20. Bang! [2:17]
21. Brilliant Partners in Crime [2:59]
22. Exactly as They Appear [3:51]
23. Kiss for Good Luck [2:09]
24. End Credits [2:43]

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The Big Bounce 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good film. The young lady is extremly pretty and location is excellent
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie made me an Owen Wilson fan . He's a natural , totally believable and nice to look at , eye candy ! The actress Sarah ? is great as well . Excellent cast , Morgan Freeman , Willie Nelson , Charlie Sheen ...... Beautiful scenery . What's not to like about this movie ? A must see !