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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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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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Buck Dugan
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Jim Burk ...
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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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John Wayne and Richard Boone star in a thrilling chase across the changing frontier 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:

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

John Wayne was concerned by the violence and insisted on adding plenty of comedy. However many critics felt the film was damaged by too much comedy. 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

James McCandles: I am moved by your faith in someone you haven't seen since he was sixteen years old, Daddy!
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Daddy?
James McCandles: Daddy.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Well, son; since you don't have any respect for your elders, it's time somebody taught you some respect for your betters!
[grabs James and throws him into a mud puddle]
James McCandles: Why, if you weren't my father...
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Go ahead. I give you leave.
[James winds up to throw a punch, but before he swings, Jake hits him and knocks him back into the puddle]
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My Personal Favorite of all Duke films
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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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