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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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
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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 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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26 May 1971 (USA)  »

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$4,800,000 (estimated)

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$7,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

This was the first of only three John Wayne films (the others being Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) and McQ (1974)) to receive AA certificates by the UK censor, meaning that they could only be seen by persons 14 and over. All other Wayne movies were rated 'A' (PG) or under. See more »

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In the hotel room, James clearly punches Jake above the left eye, yet blood flows from his lip. See more »

Quotes

Jake: You're short on ears and long on mouth!
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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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