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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
Another odd story from the early 70's. Leigh Taylor-Young is fun to look at, but she's quite a demented soul in this movie. It's an easy story to stay interested in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel J. Buchanan
I mainly wanted the movie for the lovely music, but the film was good, especially for the time it was made.
It was Ryan O' Neill's first movie I think? Read more
There wasn`t much about this movie that I did like. O`neal was miscast as a pretty boy without the grit one would expect considering his police record and the tough guy persona... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jay Holder
When it was first released, The Big Bounce was crucified by the critics and its reputation has never recovered. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Robin
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. Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by R. Lester