After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Prospero's soliloquy in The Tempest closes with "We are such stuff As dreams are made on...," which signifies the ephemeral nature of things wished for and never realized. This line was appropriated by Humphrey Bogart's character Sam Spade in the Maltese Falcon when he says "That's the stuff dreams are made of," and was suggested to director John Huston by Bogart while the characters are unwrapping the bogus Maltese Falcon in the final scene. This parallel is echoed in the final scene, when Jacob McCandles says the same thing as John Fain is opening a bogus chest full of "newspaper clippings" instead of one million dollars. See more »
After the Rangers are ambushed and Michael is found at the wreckage of his motorcycle James and Michael are leaving together but they are not carrying Michael's scoped rifle which was in a scabbard on the motorcycle yet in the scene by the river and for the rest of the movie he has it. Also a wreck would have at least caused a misalignment requiring the resighting of the scope/rifle combo. 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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Your fault. My fault. I'm gonna blow your head off!
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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