After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is brave enough and smart enough to bring him back and that man is Big Jake. Written by
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In the scene where John Wayne thinks his son (Christopher Mitchum) may be dead from wrecking his motorcycle but finds he was just "playing dead", Duke punches him twice for scaring him. Following each punch, as Mitchum is falling, you can clearly hear a camera taking several pictures of the scene. See more »
(at around 1h 20 mins) After the family squabble in the hotel room, Michael's hair is temporarily all brown, but suddenly changes back to streaked blond again. See more »
Boy mean anything to you?
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles:
Never laid eyes on em. But I'm being paid to bring em back alive or you dead. Each and everyone of you. Now I'd rather bring the boy back that's easier. But when it comes right down to it don't matter to me I'll earn my pay one way or the other. Now how about you? Are you the Big Chief or one of the little Indians?
Oh just a little Indian just a messenger boy.
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Though Big Jake doesn't go down with the greatest of John Wayne's films I put it in the class of The Comancheros which I also found entertaining. This film is the right mixture of chemistry and action. No doubt helped by the fact that John Wayne was surrounded with family literally.
John Wayne is the estranged patriarch of a family who owns a big cattle spread just as he did in McLintock. A gang of kidnappers came on the place while most everyone was on roundup and killed several people and kidnapped Wayne's grandson. Grandmother Maureen O'Hara sends for her estranged husband to deal with the kidnappers as he sees fit. Being this is a John Wayne movie, you already know how that is.
Son Michael Wayne is the producer and sons Patrick and Ethan play Wayne's son and grandson. This is a bit of a change for Patrick Wayne. From back in the days of The Searchers, Pat Wayne always played callow youths in his father's and in other films. Here he's a grown man and quite bitter at his father. The conflict between them crackles on the screen. Christopher Mitchum, the son of another Hollywood icon, plays another Wayne offspring as does Bobby Vinton.
The action flows pretty good here and the tension does not let up for a moment. There are some good comic moments, but they are well integrated into the plot of the story.
Of the Duke's films post his Oscar from True Grit, Big Jake is one of his best and a personal favorite of mine.
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