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Set on Hawaii's stunning North Shore, a charismatic drifter forms a dubious alliance with a powerful local businessman while hooking up with a criminally-minded seductress to double-cross a wealthy developer and his cohorts.

DVD Features:
Featurette:Visit the stars and filmmakers on the set in "The Big Bounce: A Con in the Making"
Filmographies:Surfing the Pipeline: Surfing in the Aloha State
Outtakes:Wicked Waves: Stunt Surfer Outtakes


There really can't be enough movies adapted from Elmore Leonard novels; his sinuous storylines and fluid, surprising dialogue give any movie a boost from the start. In The Big Bounce, laid-back Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Shanghai Noon) plays Jack, a small-time crook trying to lead an easier life in Hawaii. Trouble is, he can't keep out of trouble, and when he does stay clean, trouble finds him--in this case, in the bikini-clad form of Nancy (Sara Foster), the mistress of a local developer who gets turned on by the whiff criminal activity. She lures Jack into a scheme that ultimately involves a solid cast including Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Gary Sinise, Bebe Neuwirth, Willie Nelson, and more. Foster doesn't bring much to movie besides her alarmingly sculpted body and the ending peters out, but The Big Bounce has enough snap and crackle that you don't miss the pop. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster, Willie Nelson
  • Directors: George Armitage
  • Writers: Sebastian Gutierrez
  • Producers: George Armitage, Steve Bing, Jorge Saralegui, Zane Weiner, Brent Armitage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024JC30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on July 22, 2004
Format: DVD
At about the one-hour mark, I realized this movie was never going to really take off. It's short to begin with (88 minutes including credits), and after being very patient it was frustrating that there was no real payoff.

Don't get me wrong, the movie has sort of an easy-going charm. A little too easy-going, to be blatantly honest. For a movie about con men pulling various scams, the movie just didn't have a lot of energy. The cast can't be faulted, plenty of A-list talent. Most of the movie rests on Owen Wilson, who is more or less typecast here, and newcomer Sara Foster, who is stunningly attractive but rather bland as an actress. The movie could've benefited from a little steam, but either Foster had a no-nudity clause or the producers didn't want to go beyond a PG-13 rating for some reason. In supporting roles, great actors like Morgan Freeman and Gary Sinise have very little to do in underwritten roles.

The movie is easy on the eyes, lots of great cinematography featuring the natural beauty of Hawaii. The cast is game, even when working with very little. There are a few off-handed laughs sprinkled throughout. And for two-thirds of the running time, I was fairly certain that things would come together with some nice twists and a satisfying conclusion. The satisfaction never really occurred, and the movie faded from memory not long after it was over.

The dvd looks and sounds great (some cool tunes on the soundtrack, sounding great in the 5.1 mix). I realize the movie was a bomb at the box office, but even so a little more effort could've been put into the supplemental features.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By me on August 9, 2004
Format: DVD
Many of the reviews previously gave this film low ratings. However, their comments were not directed at the cast or the overall story. It was more generally the pace of the movie and the way the characters had limited dialouge and interaction. These comments are absolutely true. If you are the type of movie buff that enjoys overall plot twists (crime movies such as the usual suspects) or emotional acting (like titanic or some emotionally taunt movie) you wont find either in this flick. However, the movie has, in my opinion, something far greater to offer. It gives a realistic portrayal of Hawaii (and tropical vacation locales in general) and the scamming/corupt undercurrent that passes through local life in general. Many people that lived in the north would find it off to see boring, low-life, one dimensional characters randomly conning each other in beautifull breath taking scenery. You would expect an intense/exotic/mysterious con movie. However, thats not realistic. The truth is Hawaii is laid back. Tropical U.S. vacation spots like Miami and Hawaii are like this. The building contractors, various locales, and con men are somewhat low grade criminals and black mailers. There is a large economy of shady dealings and corruption. In all tropical vacation spots almost nobody originated there. In Hawaii there is a large segment of people from the mainland U.S. and Japan that own property. These people are less apt to actually care about the future of that Island, many have families living elsewhere. 70% of Miami speaks a different language than English as their first Language. Most of the people that speak english as their first language are from New York or the East coast originally.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sterling F. on November 10, 2004
Format: DVD
Everything about this movie and DVD screams "let's wrap this up and get the hell out of here." For one, the film runs a paltry 1 hour and 20 minutes, which is little better than a special extended episode of a TV show. It seemes like the director realized the film was getting out of control and losing it's pace, so he simply jammed the final scenes together and ended the movie with some island shots. Even the actors seemed like they were just going through the motions in the second half, which is sad considering you have real talent in the leading roles. How disappointed did Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman and Gary Sinese have to be? At least it was filmed in Hawaii and Sara Foster was in a bikini 90% of the time.

The DVD is short on extra features as well. Other than the obligatory "behind-the-scenes," the rest of the special features are surfing shots. They throw in an Owen Wilson interview in where he mentions that his character was a surfer (for about 30 seconds in the film) and then we go right into the big wave footage. Granted, the shots are pretty cool, but they have nothing to do with the movie.

For the most part I like Elmore Leonard adaptations, but it seems like there has to be a top-line director attached to make sense of the complicated plots, i.e. Sonnenfeld with Get Shorty, Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based on Rum Punch) and Soderbergh with Out of Sight. In The Big Bounce you get a plot that starts out interestingly enough, but by the end every single character is suddenly double-crossing the others within a space of 15 minutes. Where is the plot development? Where are the character's motivations? It all ends up as a big mess. Maybe we should be happy that it's only 80 minutes long. Any more and the stop button on the remote looks very inviting.
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