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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

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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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They wanted gold. They gave them lead instead! 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

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie, John Fain, portrayed by Richard Boone, kills the McCandles' foreman, portrayed by John Agar. In the 1956 movie Star in the Dust (1956), John Agar's character hangs Richard Boone's character. See more »

Goofs

James McCandles is thrown off his horse by Big Jake into a mud puddle. Later in the same scene he is clean. See more »

Quotes

Martha McCandles: They're very dangerous men. They've already killed ten people, many of them you know... Juan and his family...
Jake: Tina and the little boy?
Martha McCandles: And Moses Brown.
Jake: Old Mose... lousy cook.
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Your fault. My fault. I'm gonna blow your head off!
21 April 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

That's one of my favorite lines from this picture and the way it's delivered, both times, is thrilling. Violent and bloody (and Bernstein's music makes one of the machete attacks even worse, his sense of drama is so good!) so don't let pre-teens or the impressionable see it! Boone is an awesome villain and Wayne and his "dog" make an odd hero combo. Big Jake is a big film, depicting the end of the cowboy era, without bemoaning the passing, and deftly incorporating new technology with the old. The tension between Wayne and his three boys is fine and there's some funny scenes, too. Highly recommended. PS: a Big Jake fan wrote into Entertainment Magazine in the 80s that this was one of his favorite Wayne films; the EM staff had never heard of it. I canceled my subscription.


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