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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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James McCandles
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Michael McCandles
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Sam Sharpnose
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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

Taglines:

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 »

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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the actors in the cast were members of John Wayne's well known "stock company" of regular actors, including: Chuck Roberson (21+ actor, 30+ stunts); Hank Worden (15+); Bruce Cabot (10); Patrick Wayne (10); Harry Carey Jr. (9); Dean Smith (7 actor, 10 stunts); John Agar (6); Gregg Palmer (6); Maureen O'Hara (5); Jim Burk (5 actor, 14 stunts); Jerry Gatlin (5 actor, 11 stunts); Tom Hennesy (5 actor, 10 stunts); Richard Boone (3); Christopher Mitchum (3); John Doucette (3); Jim Davis (3); plus at least two others with two John Wayne movie acting credits. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the movie when they're about to hang the sheepherder and Dog takes the man off his horse, the man is obviously wearing a pad on his arm so he doesn't get injured by Dog. See more »

Quotes

Hotel desk clerk: I thought you were dead.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Dead? The next person who says that I'm gonna shoot, so help me.
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The Dirty Harry of Westerns
19 August 2002 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

A very entertaining John Wayne western. Richard Boone makes a great villian. It's action packed much more in the style of a Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry picture than a vintage John Wayne. Most highly recommended of Wayne's movies in the post-True Grit period.


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