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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James McCandles
Michael McCandles
Sam Sharpnose
Bobby Vinton ...
Jeff McCandles
Buck Duggan
Martha McCandles
Gregg Palmer ...
Virginia Capers ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)


$7,500,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:


(photographs in opening credits)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bobby Vinton played the middle brother, despite being four years older than Patrick Wayne. See more »


When crossing the river into Mexico, the camera is on the Mexico side looking toward Texas. The river is shown flowing right to left, but should be flowing left to right or west to east. See more »


Michael McCandles: You want to chance it Mother?
Martha McCandles: Buck?
Buck Duggan: No matter what happens I think they'll kill the boy sooner or later, Texas have the best rifleman in the world luck with 200 yards to hit them-...
Martha McCandles: It very daring yes, yes I chance it. What you think Jacob?
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Suit yourself Martha
Martha McCandles: I was asking your opinion Jacob
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: No, You made up your mind and you made your decision alone, you live it alone
Martha McCandles: I was wrong you haven't change, have you Jacob McCandles
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Not one bit.
See more »


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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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