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Big Bounce, The (1969)
Starring: James Daly, Lee Grant, Van Heflin, Ryan O'Neal, Leigh Taylor-Young, Robert Webber
Director: Alex March
Category: Drama, Classic
Studio: Warner Bros.
102 mins



She's beautiful. She's Carefree. She's trouble.

"Did you ever kill anybody?" she asks when she learns he did a hitch in Vietnam. "Was it fun?"

He is hot-headed drifter Jack Ryan. She is a 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'Neil 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.


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