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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
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Two collies, trained by Bob and Ruddy Weatherwax, played Dog, John Wayne's faithful companion: Silver and Laddie (Lassie Jr) for the stunts. Eventually Laddie won a PATSY award for his performance in Big Jake in 1971. The wooden base with a tile and a small brass placard read "Award of Excellence - 1971 / Laddie (Dog) / Bobby Weatherwax, Owner-Trainer / Big Jake". "Streaks and tip" from an aerosol can were used to make their coats darker. See more »
After the shootout in the hotel room, the strong box supposedly has its lock blown open by a shotgun blast, revealing its fake contents. However, only two shotgun blasts were fired in the hotel room and both of them were aimed out of the room: one killed the guy coming in the window, and the other one killed the guy coming in the door. No shots were fired into the room. See more »
A later John Wayne western that contains a surprising amount of graphic violence. This is by no means another "Wild Bunch" but there are more bloody gunshot wounds than usual.
The plot concerns the search and rescue of a kidnapped grandson that Wayne has never seen.
The banter between Jacob McCandles(Wayne) and his estranged sons is the source of many of the film's great lines. When Patrick Wayne tries to provoke the Duke by calling him "Daddy", the retort by the old man is priceless.
A good villan(Richard Boone), another pairing with Maureen O'Hara, some great one-liners and several references to older Wayne films make this a great choice from the westerns section at Blockbuster. Elmer Bernstein's music is wonderful too, sounding much like his "Magnificent Seven" score.
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