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Big Jake (1971)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  26 May 1971 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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James McCandles
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Michael McCandles
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Sam Sharpnose
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Jeff McCandles
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Buck Duggan
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Martha McCandles
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Storyline

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 Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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ranch | ransom | saddle | mexico | texas | See All (106) »

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Big Jake... A legend of a man. A man who fought his way through hell to save a grandson he had never seen! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for western violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Million Dollar Kidnapping  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Director George Sherman was a friend of John Wayne dating back to their days in the 1930s making westerns at Republic Pictures. By the time of this film, however, Sherman was aging and not in the best of health, and had a difficult time shooting in the wilds of Mexico, where much of the movie was filmed. On the days when Sherman was unable to shoot because of his health conditions, Wayne took over direction, but when the film was completed he insisted that Sherman alone be credited as director. See more »

Goofs

In the hotel room, James clearly punches Jake above the left eye, yet blood flows from his lip. See more »

Quotes

Pop Dawson: Say, you don't look too good. The sight of blood bother you?
Jake: Only my own.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Love the Duke!!
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First I have to say that I am a huge JW fan. In this film JW is his classic Kick A** self. There is some sentimental stuff in here, about the old man's relationship with his grown sons. Basically it is good old John Wayne Action. When the bad guys get the drop on him, all you can think is "Big mistake" This film is set in the early 1900s. There is an interesting parallel between the passing of the baton from one generation to the next (Jake and his grown sons) and the passing of technology. We see new fangled weapons and a motor car. (Naturally Jake rejects these)

Finally: You got to love the idea of Big Jake owning a dog named ..... DOG.


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