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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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Early in the movie, Michael McCandles (Chris Mitchum) shows up sporting a revolutionary for the time period, Bergman automatic pistol, but proves to be dangerously inept in its handling. Thereafter, the weapon is carried by the more handgun adept James McCandles (Patrick Wayne). Bergman was indeed one of the earliest commercial manufacturers of automatic pistols but they were produced in relatively small numbers so surviving copies are rare and quite valuable. Consequentially, the weapon shown in the movie is actually a circa 1940s Walther P-38 modified by prop-masters to resemble the much earlier Bergman pistol. This same prop weapon is seen again in the 1973 film, Black Caesar. See more »
As Jake is riding his horse beside the Rangers in the automobiles, he rides the horse into a creek. As he goes in, his coat is unbuttoned all the way, but as the scene cuts from James and back to Jake, his coat is suddenly buttoned up to his chest. See more »
What do you do when cockroaches get in the woodwork, Michael?
Smoke 'em out?
Why not wait for them to make the first move?
Because waiting is good for them and bad for us. You get impatient, nervy, careless and maybe dead.
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Some comments here have mentioned how much the Western "Big Jake" reminds them of "Dirty Harry." Actually, both films were written by the same screenwriters -- Harry and Rita Fink -- though additional writers were brought in on "Dirty Harry." Both films were developed and shot around the same time. "Big Jake" came out in summer 1971, and "Dirty Harry" came out at Christmas 1971. John Wayne said he was offered "Dirty Harry" before Eastwood took it (but Dirty Harry was also supposedly offered to Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby and Walter Matthau before Eastwood, too!)
The twice-repeated "do you feel lucky?" speech in "Dirty Harry" and the twice-repeated "your fault, my fault, nobody's fault" speech in "Big Jake" prove to me that the same writers worked on both scripts.
Also, Richard Boone must be singled out. This powerful, amusing actor always made a great villain. Wayne had tried to get him as the villain for several films before "Big Jake" (he'd done a cameo in "The Alamo"). Boone finally said "yes" to "Big Jake" and the verbal showdowns between Big John and Big Boone in "Big Jake" are a wonder to behold.
BTW, Boone turned down a lot of movie parts during the 70's (like the Robert Shaw part in "The Sting") but came to help out his old friend Wayne twice in that decade: "Big Jake" and "The Shootist" (1976.)
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