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The Big Bounce (1969)

Ryan O'Neal , Leigh Taylor-Young , Alex March  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ryan O'Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, Van Heflin, Lee Grant, James Daly
  • Directors: Alex March
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V2J7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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He is hot-headed drifter Jack Ryan. She is thrill-seeking party girl Nancy Barker. Together, they're like gasoline and a match in this volatile tale based on a novel by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty) and brought to the screen again in 2003 with Owen Wilson, Sara Foster and Morgan Freeman. Here, Ryan O'Neal makes his feature-film debut as Jack, a hard-luck GI smitten with Nancy (Leigh Taylor-Young)?and never stopping to think where her seductive spree of petty-crime kicks might end. The thrills she calls "bounces" may lead to a notoriously big bounce. For Jack that may mean a very big fall.

An Elmore Leonard novel, subsequently remade for a 2004 Owen Wilson release, gets the swinging sixties treatment. Ryan O'Neal, in his first big film after achieving TV stardom, plays a Vietnam vet drifting from job to job; Leigh Taylor-Young is the rich man's mistress who takes a fancy to him. The plot sort of revolves around an amazingly vague plan to steal money from the rich guy, but the purpose seems to be showing thrillseeker Taylor-Young in various stages of undress. This is a vacuous movie, ineptly written and shot, in which poor O'Neal wanders around looking understandably bewildered. (His career bounced back with Love Story the following year.) Decorating this mishmash is the exceptionally maladroit musical score by Mike Curb (remember the soft-rock stylings of the Mike Curb Congregation?), whose soupy melodies undercut the tension at every turn. In short, a pretty good selection for Bad Cinema Night. --Robert Horton

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Acting, Silly Plot----I Loved It! March 14, 2004
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About 35 years ago, I sat alone in a movie theater and watched this movie. That should have been my first clue that this movie was destined for nothing, but I was then, and still am, a devoted Ryan O'Neal fan, perhaps the longest-lasting fan he's ever had! For years I searched for a video of this to complete my collection of all his movies. I guess this movie was so bad it never went to video, but the happy ending just came when a remake of this movie prompted the release of the original on DVD.
Ryan O'Neal is cute as ever in this pre-Love Story tale based on the Elmore Leonard novel. Leigh Taylor-Young is beautiful; I think I had forgotten just how beautiful. Their chemistry is magnetic and, after all, she did become the second Mrs. Ryan O'Neal in real life.
The story centers around an ex-VietNam GI drifter Jack Ryan (O'Neal) who while working as a migratory farm laborer meets and is instantly attracted to the boss' secretary/lover Nancy Barker(Taylor-Young). Their physical attraction is such that Jack is willing to do anything to please Nancy, even go along with her petty theft schemes. When Nancy comes up with the idea to steal $50,000 (yes, when this movie was released that amount could have set the duo up for life) Jack is cautious and becomes aware of a sick streak in his girlfriend.
Lee Grant, Van Heflin, and other actors of note must cringe when they look at their performances is this one today. It's stereotypical, trite, a bit silly, and totally laughable, especially the scene where Taylor-Young, in a fit of rage, destroys her boss' beach house. And it even shows quite a bit of skin by 1969 standards as Leigh Taylor-Young is shown nude in several scenes.
Would I recommend it? Only if you love either of these two stars as much as I do. Did I enjoy it? Oh, totally. For me personally, it was a five-star experience, but to keep my credibility it should only get one star on amazon. Therefore, I have compromised and given it three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amorous Ways of . . . Cucumber Pickers!!!! August 24, 2007
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About a decade after its Troy Donahue/Connie Stevens teen hit Parrish, Warner Bros. sought to duplicate that flick's formula with 1969's THE BIG BOUNCE, which offered a new pair of TV stars - "PEYTON PLACE"'s Ryan O'Neal and Leigh Taylor-Young - in another sexy soaper set in a fertile farmland valley. The giggles begin right there: while Parrish's lovers toiled and tore each others' clothes off in tobacco fields, The Big Bounce examines the amorous ways of... cucumber pickers!

Hitchhiking along the road after losing his job, handsome cuke field hand Ryan O'Neal is picked up by his former boss, cuke king James Daly, who's out for a drive with his teenage mistress, Leigh Taylor-Young. "The pickers call you 'El Pepino Grande,'" O'Neal tells Daly, helpfully translating, "The Great Cucumber." This talk about cucumbers instantly arouses the nubile Taylor-Young, and her pepino fixation only increases when she learns that O'Neal is a troublemaker who's spent time in jail. But she's not the only one who appreciates the finer points of O'Neal's character. At a local bar, lonesome judge Van Heflin asks O'Neal to join him for drinks, and, batting his eyes hungrily, hints, "What do I look like--a nice, clean old man?" Ever on the make, O'Neal opts instead for saloon fixture Lee Grant, who lives with her young daughter at the seaside motel Heflin owns. Soon O'Neal is gainfully employed as the motel "handyman." Just how handy? Well, Heflin nicknames him "Stud" as he cooks breakfast for the two of them in his tres gay motel unit, replete with lavender wallpaper and puce curtains.

Left alone in Daly's beach house, Taylor-Young promptly invites O'Neal over, and before long confides that she was "Miss Perky Pickle" for Daly's cucumber empire.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated film June 25, 2005
For one thing the score by Mike Curb I felt horribly out of place in the film UNTIL the last shot (I won't mention it not to spoil the film) then I "got it". The music is the antithisis of what is happening on screen, and it's meant to be! It's a well made film and there is a hell of a lot more Leonard in this script uncensored than there was in recent Hollywood versions of his novels, Get Shorty for example.

PS The scene with Leigh Taylor Young standing nude in the graveyard is one of the most brilliant images I've ever seen in films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bounce September 14, 2011
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I saw this film in the 70's.........its dated now but so enjoyable as a cameo from that era. I found that I remembered the music! It made a big impact on me when I saw it the first time and I am glad I had the chance to see it again. A must for any Ryan o'Niel or Leigh Taylor Young fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bounce September 9, 2009
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This film was a made years ago which has a realy good story line But has a great sound track. I would recomend it to anyone who likes a good story in California life style with mystery an outstanding cast with suspense,and music
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3.0 out of 5 stars DISC QUALITY EXCELLENT . . . . November 30, 2010
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and looks like the technicolor print I saw in the army which stands up beautifully. Ryan O'Neil can not deliver a line, but Leigh Taylor Young can and in spades. She is a knock out and for me the fun of the film. The supporting cast is also a good one. It is a shame who ever decided to cut up Elmore Leonard's book wasn't fired before the film was made. They left out a main character which created lot of the tension and blackmail. Elmore Leonard's Kill Shot was short changed the same way; too bad! The books are good. I give this 3 stars for Leigh Taylor Young;and it is far from the worst film you will see.
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