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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.
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.Read more ›
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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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 9 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 on November 27, 2013 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
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