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THE BIG BOUNCE

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Legendary author Elmore Leonard is renowned for his crisp, natural dialogue and his ability to capture the unique rhythms of human interaction with all its quirks, disappointments and desperation as well as its warmth and innate humor. His characters are often seedy, small-time criminals and people who exist on the fringes of life, pursuing questionable schemes and forming alliances with people they probably shouldn't trust.

Gary Sinise, who plays the part of villain and proposed victim Ray Ritchie, notes that "these are not high rollers here; they're going to steal some money, certainly, but they're not ripping off a casino in Las Vegas. They're just trying to get into somebody's safe.”

Leonard's stories have been enjoyed for more than forty years by readers worldwide, starting with his Western-themed novels in the early 1950s and segueing into his signature crime fiction with the 1969 novel The Big Bounce. Thirty-five of his nearly 40 books have been produced or optioned as movies, most notably the award-winning black comedy Get Shorty, about a Miami loan shark with aspirations for the movie business; the crime caper comedy Out of Sight, in which people from opposite sides of the law fall in love; and writer/director Quentin Tarantino's stylish Jackie Brown, based on the Leonard novel Rum Punch, rich with scams, double-crosses and unlikely attractions. As book reviewer Tim Adams attests in The London Observer, "His crime novels are not comedies but they are often hilarious.”

The Big Bounce has been described as an improbable love story about two people who are in over their heads. Like much of Leonard's work, the focus on vivid characters in unusual circumstances translates fluidly to the screen – no accident, as thinking cinematically comes naturally to Leonard, who jokingly estimated in a recent interview that he spent half his childhood in movie theaters and a good portion of the other half relating the movie plots to his friends at school.

Dubbed "The Dickens of Detroit” by Time magazine, Leonard addresses his fascination for dialogue by saying "I have genuine affection for the people in my books, and I think that's what makes them come alive. I've always liked novels with a lot of dialogue. I think the way a character speaks reveals his attitude and personality. Perhaps I am naturally a good listener.”

Owen Wilson, who first gained industry recognition both as an actor and a writer on the independent feature Bottle Rocket, is an avid admirer who recognizes the character-driven nature of Leonard's work and his attention to the unique flaws that keep his protagonists human. "Leonard has an appreciation for the dialogue and the characters in a story. I've always enjoyed the inhabitants of Leonard's worlds: lowlife, small-time criminals trying to find their way. It's the characters that propel the action, not the other way around.”

Multiple Oscar nominee Morgan Freeman, who plays the pivotal role of Walter Crewes, also arrived on the set well acquainted with the acclaimed author's catalogue and enthusiastic about participating in the project. "I love the way his books always twist and turn and take you by surprise,” says Freeman. "Do you know how many actors in Hollywood want to be in an Elmore Leonard piece? It's one of those jobs you can't say no to. Between Leonard's story and Sebastian's well-crafted script, an impressive cast, and a location in Hawaii…just let me at it, that's all, sign me up!”

Whatever else he may be – slacker, surfer, lover, charmer, thief – Jack is definitely a magnet for trouble. And Nancy is trouble. It's inevitable that they cross paths and complicate each other's lives.

From the start, Jack has a pretty good idea that he cannot, in fact, trust this woman while knowing, at the same time, that it doesn't much matter. He's hooked, come what may, so best to enjoy the ride and try not to take i

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