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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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Writers:

(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) (as R.M. Fink)
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Cast

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Martha McCandles
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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
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Jeff McCandles
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O'Brien
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Buck Dugan
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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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John Wayne and Richard Boone star in a thrilling chase across the changing frontier See more »

Genres:

Western

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tenth out of ten John Wayne films co-starring his son, Patrick Wayne. See more »

Goofs

When Big Jake shoots the wounded bandit from the shower cabin, the guy growls in pain, drops his pistol and falls backwards, but there is not one visible wound or even a drop of blood on his body, likely because the squib or squibs did not blow on cue. See more »

Quotes

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Michael flies off mountain on his bike. Jacob rides down,impressive as JW did the gaff, to see if Michael is alive or dead
Michael McCandles: "Father, is that you?" Jacob: "are you okay, no broken bones..." Yes father. Michael Stands up. Jacob"Take off your goggles" Michael, why father, Jacob: Take off your goggles.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Jacob punches Michael right in the face. Helps him up and punches him again.
Michael McCandles: Michael, sitting in the dirt and confused, says in a deep and serious voice..."Father, Father, the next time... Jacob ...
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References Chisum (1970) See more »

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Your fault. My fault. I'm gonna blow your head off!
21 April 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

That's one of my favorite lines from this picture and the way it's delivered, both times, is thrilling. Violent and bloody (and Bernstein's music makes one of the machete attacks even worse, his sense of drama is so good!) so don't let pre-teens or the impressionable see it! Boone is an awesome villain and Wayne and his "dog" make an odd hero combo. Big Jake is a big film, depicting the end of the cowboy era, without bemoaning the passing, and deftly incorporating new technology with the old. The tension between Wayne and his three boys is fine and there's some funny scenes, too. Highly recommended. PS: a Big Jake fan wrote into Entertainment Magazine in the 80s that this was one of his favorite Wayne films; the EM staff had never heard of it. I canceled my subscription.


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