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Big Jake (1971)

GP | | Western | 26 May 1971 (USA)
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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Cast

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Martha McCandles
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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
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Jeff McCandles
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Buck Dugan
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Will Fain
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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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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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Western

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Release Date:

26 May 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Million Dollar Kidnapping  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first of only three John Wayne films (the others being Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) and McQ (1974)) to receive AA certificates by the UK censor, meaning that they could only be seen by persons 14 and over. All other Wayne movies were rated 'A' (PG) or under. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

O'Brian: They tell me you killed two good men in a fair fight tonight. That true?
James McCandles: No, three; countin' you.
O'Brian: Prove it.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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"That'll Be the Day"
18 January 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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