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Big Jake (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  26 May 1971 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
James McCandles
Michael McCandles
Sam Sharpnose
Bobby Vinton ...
Jeff McCandles
Buck Duggan
Martha McCandles
Gregg Palmer ...
Virginia Capers ...


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


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 »


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)


$7,500,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


(photographs in opening credits)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Wayne's brother Robert E. Morrison had died of lung cancer shortly before production began. See more »


When Michael first arrives the lens on his motorcycle headlight is missing, in later scenes it is back in place. See more »


[to his son]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I'll finish this fight.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Conqueror (2014) See more »

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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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