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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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James McCandles
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Michael McCandles
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Sam Sharpnose
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Jeff McCandles
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Buck Duggan
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Martha McCandles
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

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  »

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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

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

Goofs

When Michael is showing Jake his gas-powered gun both Sam and James jump into the river for safety. Within minutes of leaving the river, the clothing worn by both of them is perfectly dry. See more »

Quotes

O'Brian: They tell me you killed two good men in a fair fight tonight. That true?
James McCandles: No, three; countin' you.
O'Brian: Prove it.
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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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