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Writers:
Harry Julian Fink (written by) and
Rita M. Fink (written by)
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Release Date:
26 May 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Big John = Big Jake = Big Western See more »
Plot:
The McCandles ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(21 articles)
User Reviews:
"No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off." See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Wayne ... Jacob McCandles

Richard Boone ... John Fain

Patrick Wayne ... James McCandles

Christopher Mitchum ... Michael McCandles

Bruce Cabot ... Sam Sharpnose
Bobby Vinton ... Jeff McCandles

Glenn Corbett ... O'Brien

John Doucette ... Buck Duggan

Maureen O'Hara ... Martha McCandles

Jim Davis ... Head of Lynching Party

John Agar ... Bert Ryan

Harry Carey Jr. ... Pop Dawson
Gregg Palmer ... John Goodfellow

Roy Jenson ... Gunman at Bathhouse in Escondero
Virginia Capers ... Delilah
Bill Walker ... Moses Brown (as William Walker)
John McLiam ... Army Officer

Bernard Fox ... Scottish Shepherd
Don Epperson ... Saloon Bully in Escondero
Jim Burk ... Trooper
Dean Smith ... James William 'Kid' Duffy

Ethan Wayne ... Little Jake McCandles

Hank Worden ... Hank

Tom Hennesy ... Mr. Sweet
Chuck Roberson ... Texas Ranger
Robert Warner ... Will Fain
Jeff Wingfield ... Billy Devries
Jerry Gatlin ... Stubby
Everett Creach ... Walt Devries
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Galván ... Doctor
Maria Rocio ... Maria
Maria Rosario ... Maria

Michael E. Burgess ... Little Boy (uncredited)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
George Fenneman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Town (uncredited)
John Kelly ... City Hawk (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Escondero Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Harry Julian Fink (written by) and
Rita M. Fink (written by) (as R.M. Fink)

Produced by
Michael Wayne .... producer (as Michael A. Wayne)
John Wayne .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
James House .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Shea .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit manager
Lee Lukather .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Jaime Contreras .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harry S. Franklin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Lauth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ray Thompson .... property
 
Sound Department
John Ferguson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Jensen .... special effects
Phil Cory .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Babcock .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Ferguson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunt double: Gregg Palmer (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Sutton .... stills
Richard Barth .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
William Dodds .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Glennon .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Alexander Klein .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Rob McCarthy .... best boy (uncredited)
Karl Reed .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Schori Jr. .... generator operator (uncredited)
Dave Sutton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Tharp .... grip (uncredited)
James V. Vajana .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Visconti .... crane operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luster Bayless .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation coordinator
Frank Austin .... driver (uncredited)
James D. Brubaker .... driver (uncredited)
J.W. Coffman .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Conte .... driver (uncredited)
John Corwin .... driver (uncredited)
Bob Goodrich .... driver (uncredited)
Bobbie Green .... driver (uncredited)
William Charles Hauer .... driver (uncredited)
Rex Schroetter .... driver (uncredited)
Richard R. Seay .... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray .... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Wolfe Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main title design
Johnny Johnson .... office staff
Billy McCoy .... humane society: representative (as Bill McCoy)
Luis Niebla .... stand-in: Ethan Wayne
Mary St. John .... secretary: John Wayne
Edward Arnold .... location auditor (uncredited)
Ted Bonnet .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Michael N. Cobin .... office staff (uncredited)
Wayne Cutlip .... wrangler (uncredited)
Jeanne Dodson .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dawn Forrester .... production secretary (uncredited)
Barney Fotheringham .... catering chief (uncredited)
Heinz Hagin .... cook (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
Billy Jones .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones .... wrangler (uncredited)
Thomas John Kane .... liaison (uncredited)
Alice Moriarty .... production secretary (uncredited)
Martin Roosendahl .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Robert Shuman .... accountant (uncredited)
Carole Steller .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie .... trainer: John Wayne (uncredited)
Robert Weatherwax .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Ruth West .... accountant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for western violence (DVD rating) (2001)
Runtime:
110 min
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Black and White (photographs in opening credits) | Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Austria:16 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:PG (TV rating) | New Zealand:M (original rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990) (2001) (2003) | USA:GP (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (DVD rating) (2001) | USA:PG-13 (VHS rating) (1990) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tenth out of ten John Wayne films co-starring Bruce Cabot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1h 20 mins) After the family squabble in the hotel room, Michael's hair is temporarily all brown, but suddenly changes back to streaked blond again.See more »
Quotes:
Michael McCandles:Newspaper clippings. I killed a man for newspaper clippings.See more »
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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
"No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off.", 19 July 2007

There has been no tougher or more formidable Western heavy than Richard Boone… He has occasionally depicted hard-bitten nobility, as his portrayal of General Sam Houston in "The Alamo" or the ageing cavalry officer in "A Thunder of Drums"—but more often his grim, craggy features have led him to villainy…

He was Randolph Scott's intelligent, embittered adversary, smooth as a rattlesnake and twice as treacherous, in the Tall T; he wrapped non-conforming farmers in barbed wire in Man Without a Star; as mean, sadistic Major Salinas, he persecuted Rory Calhoun in Way of a Gaucho; and he gave Paul Newman a rough ride in Hombre. In "Big Jake," he was—as always—a powerful presence and one of the screen's most efficient scene-stealer…

George Sherman's "Big Jake" was the Duke fifth and final film played opposite the lovely redheaded Maureen O'Hara who plays, here, his wife Martha McCandles…

The movie opens in 1909 where nine men crossing the Rio Bravo into Texas… Their leader—a sadistic gunrunner—John Fain (Richard Boone) is ready for his bloody McCandles' raid where ten people were slaughtered and Big Jakes's grandson, the 8-year-old Little Jacob (Ethan Wayne) is kidnapped, and a ransom note is left demanding one million dollars in $20 Bills for Jacob's safe return…

Martha—quite sure that this job requires an extremely harsh and special kind of man to attend it— called back her husband, absent for many years, to pay the ransom, and take back home the little boy alive…

Jacob McCandles (Wayne)—who has never seen his grandson—responds to his wife's call and organizes a hunting party to track down the dangerous and violent men…

With his two sons, his faithful Indian scout (Bruce Cabot), his loyal dog, and with a large red strongbox packed to the back of a good mule, McCandles initiates his very daring hunt…

There are some hard feelings among Wayne's resentful boys, and as the film progresses, Wayne's blue eyes were gentle and revealing a wonderful caring father but also his eyes turn to blue steel as he took that decision to get alive his grandson… The heart of the film is Wayne interacting with his wife and what he has in store for his sons next...

Patrick Wayne plays Wayne's older son who is short on ears and long on mouth… Christopher Mitchum rides a 'crazy bicycle,' carries a Bergman 1911, and a rifle with one fancy new telescope...

With great action scenes, great photography and with a terrific Elmer Bernstein musical score, "Big Jake" is one of Wayne best Westerns…

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