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Big Jake (1971)

GP | | Western | 26 May 1971 (USA)
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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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 John = Big Jake = Big Western See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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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 USA:

$7,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,500,000, 31 December 1971
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman was to be offered the role of John Fain if Richard Boone was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Martha McCandles: This is going to be a very harsh and unpleasant business, and will take an equally harsh and unpleasant person to see to it.
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Connections

Remade as Jacob (2017) See more »

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My Personal Favorite of all Duke films
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

John Wayne is undeniably my favorite of all actors, and I'm happy that he was still around when I came into the world (He died when I was 5). Here's where the Duke does the stuff he's good at, dry humor, laying down the law, and pulling no punches. The whole "Your fault, my fault, nobody's fault..." exchange is Classic!! It's a great family reunion (John, Patrick, and Ethan). His oft costar Bruce Cabot does great in his supporting role. As well, the Duke and O'Hara show splendid chemistry in their final costarring. Not to mention the very intimidating performance by Richard Boone as the big villain. Gotta' love this one!!


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