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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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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 more »

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John Wayne and Richard Boone star in a thrilling chase across the changing frontier See more »

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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

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$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

When Burt Ryan (portrayed by John Agar), the ranch foreman, tells Martha that he is 42 years old, and he'd fought in the Lincoln County War, there are several mixed messages within that statement. First, a fictionalized version of the Lincoln County War was the subject of Chisum (1970), also starring John Wayne, and John Agar also appeared in that film, in the role of Amos Patton. Second, the Lincoln County War took place primarily in 1878, which was 31 years prior to the fictionalized events taking place in the 1909 of Big Jake (1971), which meant that Burt Ryan was 11 years old when the Lincoln County War was fought, and it would have been a stretch for an 11 year old to have fought in that conflict. Third, the McCandles Ranch was based on the King Ranch, which still exists, but which is over 740 miles from Lincoln, New Mexico, and not likely to be described as Burt describes it, as someplace close by. In 1909 it was difficult to travel easily over such a distance, making that comparison unlikely, unless, of course, some of the same actors and producers made a film about Lincoln County and its' War just one year before. 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

[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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Don't call him "Daddy"!
29 June 2000 | by (Palatine, IL) – See all my reviews

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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