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

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Martha McCandles
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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
Bobby Vinton ...
Jeff McCandles
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O'Brien
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Buck Dugan
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Gregg Palmer ...
Jim Burk ...
Trooper
Robert Warner ...
Will Fain
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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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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 »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

Certificate:

GP | 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

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After Jake throws his son James into the mud, James pulls his revolver, it can be clearly seen that the chambers are empty. 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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Connections

Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Big Jake is not DEAD!

He is not dead...NOT HARDLY!! This movie was great. I can't believe I had never seen it. I loved the way he put his kids in place every time they got out of line. Especially that guy with the mustache (Wayne's real life son). I have seldom seen movies where there is so much suspense. The mean man with the blanket was super good also at being a MEAN AND BAD GUY!!!! John Wayne is the best cowboy ever. He looked and acted tough and was apparently TOUGH in real life. I wish Maureen O'Hara would have been in this movie more. She is so good looking. John Wayne was so fearless. I loved the way he bled RED PAINT. Back then, the blood looked like RED PAINT. Haha.

I give this movie a perfect 10!


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