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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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Cast

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John Fain
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James McCandles
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Michael McCandles
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Sam Sharpnose
Bobby Vinton ...
Jeff McCandles
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O'Brien
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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John Wayne and Richard Boone star in a thrilling chase across the changing frontier 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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2.35 : 1
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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

Throughout the movie, Jake's dog's coat changes color many times between black and brown. See more »

Quotes

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: I'll give you $500 now and another $500 when you get 'em to market.
Scottish Shepherd: That's highway robbery!
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Well, maybe you think you're gonna get a better offer for 'em today?
Scottish Shepherd: I'll take it... with one proviso.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What's that?
Scottish Shepherd: I go with the sheep.
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Big Jake is not DEAD!

He is not dead...NOT HARDLY!! This movie was great. I can't believe I had never seen it. I loved the way he put his kids in place every time they got out of line. Especially that guy with the mustache (Wayne's real life son). I have seldom seen movies where there is so much suspense. The mean man with the blanket was super good also at being a MEAN AND BAD GUY!!!! John Wayne is the best cowboy ever. He looked and acted tough and was apparently TOUGH in real life. I wish Maureen O'Hara would have been in this movie more. She is so good looking. John Wayne was so fearless. I loved the way he bled RED PAINT. Back then, the blood looked like RED PAINT. Haha.

I give this movie a perfect 10!


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