In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

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Martha McCandles
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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 Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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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 »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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Release Date:

26 May 1971 (USA)  »

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The Million Dollar Kidnapping  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

One of the pictures in the opening montage shows four outlaws lined up dead. There are labels over each of their heads: "Jim Evans", "Bob Dalton", "Grat Dalton" and "Dick Broadwell." Three of them were members of the ill-fated Dalton Gang raid on two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas, USA. The gang was ambushed by town citizens and Bob Dalton, Bill Power (not pictured), Grat Dalton and Dick Broadwell were all killed. See more »

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After Michael crashes his motorcycle, and Jake rides down the steep hill, Sam grabs the rope to the pack mule. When he grabs it, the rope is tightly coiled, when the camera angle changes the rope is very loosely coiled. See more »

Quotes

Jake: Well, if you can shoot that far, a quarter of a mile straight along the edge of my nose is a mountain buck. Shoot it.
Michael McCandles: I don't kill to make a point, Father.
Jake: Michael, there's two reason to kill - survival and meat. We need meat!
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Big Jake Holds His Own, Thank You
1 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mark this down as a very entertaining western with more realistic gunfight scenes than most films, meaning the good guys get shot as well as the villains. John Wayne's "The Searchers," a very similar movie story-wise, gets a lot better press than this film but "Big Jake" is just as good, if not better.

To be fair, while the gunfights in here were well done, the fistfights were an insult. Whenever someone got slugged, such as Wayne belting his kids, it had no effect on them, except just to knock them down for a second or two. In real life, folks, chances are you will knocked unconscious if you are hit in the face, especially by a powerful man like Wayne. This has been a ludicrous fact-of-life, however, in all films for 100 years, not just here.

Other than that, the film is a straight hard-nosed one with Wayne and adversary Richard Boone both fascinating. The dialog between the two was especially fun to hear. Too bad there wasn't more of it. Boone did not have enough lines in this film. Wayne's real-life sons in this film didn't impress me with their acting but they weren't horrible either.

Bruce Cabot was a hoot as an old Indian friend of Wayne's. As with most westerns, there is some nice scenery so if you have the opportunity, watch this on widescreen DVD. It was nice-looking movie.


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