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The Big Bounce
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:
George S. Clinton

Co-Orchestrated by:
Suzie Katayama
Rick Giovinazzo
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 2nd, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you value scores that rank highly on the "fun meter," in this case a George S. Clinton parody jab drenched in personality, rhythm, funk, and distinct Hawaiian flavor.

Avoid it... if a Hawaiian lap steel, a ukulele, a baritone sax, and lazy jazz rhythms earn the same disdain with which you hold Elmore Leonard's equally quirky stories.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #830
WRITTEN 4/2/04, REVISED 10/12/11
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The Big Bounce: (George S. Clinton) The stories of writer Elmore Leonard have inspired over 30 feature films over several decades, and it seems that each of those adaptations does its best to capture and extend Leonard's distinct voice onto the big screen. Sadly, most of them are unsuccessful in providing movie-goers with the same delight that the original written stories do, with the film director's own voice (such as Barry Sonnenfeld for Get Shorty, Quentin Tarantino for Jackie Brown, and Steven Soderbergh for Out of Sight, just to mention some of the more recent Leonard adaptations) often pushing the original flavor to a distant corner where only the elaborately designed characters themselves are left to project the author's genius. Few will argue that Leonard's plots, however, are as attractive as his characters in the first place, and The Big Bounce falls along similar lines. This remake of a forgotten 1969 adaptation did attract some high acting talent for its often outrageous characters, but outside of a casual 2:00 a.m. television viewing when you have insomnia, the result is not something to look forward to. The film was equally assaulted by critics and audiences during a dull period of cinema in early 2004, and it faded quickly from theatres. Lacking any kind of narrative flow or logical plot, the film attempted to enchant you with its quirky personality, and a key ingredient in brewing that appeal is the score by George S. Clinton. No stranger to the outrageous, the contemporary, and the funky, Clinton was probably best known in the film score industry at the time for his efforts to bring retro-styled coolness to the Austin Powers franchise. If you're in the mood for his kind of modern, uncomplicated funk, then both the Austin Powers scores and The Big Bounce will serve you well, the latter thankfully leaving behind most of the 1960's influences. To get a feeling for the laid-back personality of The Big Bounce, imagine the same general elements and saucy atmosphere of Clinton's strangely addictive music for Wild Things and project them into a dance of the major key with an overflow of Hawaiian spice. It's for movies like The Big Bounce that Clinton writes some of his best material, and in this circumstance he does not disappoint.



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454 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.03 Stars
***** 104 5 Stars
**** 88 4 Stars
*** 80 3 Stars
** 85 2 Stars
* 97 1 Stars
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Another song question - sandcastle scene!
John - December 11, 2004, at 1:07 a.m.
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DVD bonus music
Chris - August 9, 2004, at 10:35 p.m.
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One of the songs in the movie   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:01
• 1. Big Bounce Main Title (1:30)
• 2. Better Not (1:09)
• 3. The Bitches (1:14)
• 4. Swimming (1:32)
• 5. Glass Jaw (1:04)
• 6. Chinaman's Hat (0:26)
• 7. Up to Something (1:11)
• 8. Black Sea (1:22)
• 9. Keiki Vista (2:16)
• 10. The Con (0:55)
• 11. The Wrong House (2:00)
• 12. Diving (0:56)
• 13. Upstairs/Downstairs (2:31)
• 14. The Show (1:41)
• 15. Heads Up (1:48)
• 16. The Truth (0:53)
• 17. Which Bitch? (1:35)
• 18. Special Honk (2:02)
• 19. Moonlight (1:19)
• 20. The Bounce (1:30)
• 21. The Body (2:28)
• 22. A Kiss for Luck (1:17)
• 23. Sail Away (1:32)

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