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Big Jake (1971)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  26 May 1971 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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

Plot Keywords:

ranch | ransom | saddle | mexico | texas | See more »

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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

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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(photographs in opening credits)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: [Watching a sheepherder about to be hanged] No sir; no sir I ain't. I ain't butted into somebody else's business since I was seventeen year old, at which time it almost got me killed.
[Dog growls deeply]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What's the matter with you?
[Looks down toward the hanging party; man kicks a young boy]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Aw, now... what'd he have to go and do that for?
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Love the Duke!!
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First I have to say that I am a huge JW fan. In this film JW is his classic Kick A** self. There is some sentimental stuff in here, about the old man's relationship with his grown sons. Basically it is good old John Wayne Action. When the bad guys get the drop on him, all you can think is "Big mistake" This film is set in the early 1900s. There is an interesting parallel between the passing of the baton from one generation to the next (Jake and his grown sons) and the passing of technology. We see new fangled weapons and a motor car. (Naturally Jake rejects these)

Finally: You got to love the idea of Big Jake owning a dog named ..... DOG.


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