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Harry Julian Fink (written by) and
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Release Date:
26 May 1971 (USA) See more »
Big John = Big Jake = Big Western See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Big Jake and Dirty Harry: Same Writers! See more (65 total) »


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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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for western violence (DVD rating) (2001)
110 min
Black and White (photographs in opening credits) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Two collies, trained by Bob and Ruddy Weatherwax, played Dog, John Wayne's faithful companion: Silver and Laddie (Lassie Jr) for the stunts. Eventually Laddie won a PATSY award for his performance in Big Jake in 1971. The wooden base with a tile and a small brass placard read "Award of Excellence - 1971 / Laddie (Dog) / Bobby Weatherwax, Owner-Trainer / Big Jake". "Streaks and tip" from an aerosol can were used to make their coats darker.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Jake throws his son James into the mud, James pulls his revolver, it can be clearly seen that the chambers are empty.See more »
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles:And now *you* understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all... your fault, my fault, nobody's fault... it won't matter - I'm gonna blow your head off. No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off.See more »
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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Big Jake and Dirty Harry: Same Writers!, 20 August 2003
Author: ecarle

Some comments here have mentioned how much the Western "Big Jake" reminds them of "Dirty Harry." Actually, both films were written by the same screenwriters -- Harry and Rita Fink -- though additional writers were brought in on "Dirty Harry." Both films were developed and shot around the same time. "Big Jake" came out in summer 1971, and "Dirty Harry" came out at Christmas 1971. John Wayne said he was offered "Dirty Harry" before Eastwood took it (but Dirty Harry was also supposedly offered to Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby and Walter Matthau before Eastwood, too!)

The twice-repeated "do you feel lucky?" speech in "Dirty Harry" and the twice-repeated "your fault, my fault, nobody's fault" speech in "Big Jake" prove to me that the same writers worked on both scripts.

Also, Richard Boone must be singled out. This powerful, amusing actor always made a great villain. Wayne had tried to get him as the villain for several films before "Big Jake" (he'd done a cameo in "The Alamo"). Boone finally said "yes" to "Big Jake" and the verbal showdowns between Big John and Big Boone in "Big Jake" are a wonder to behold.

BTW, Boone turned down a lot of movie parts during the 70's (like the Robert Shaw part in "The Sting") but came to help out his old friend Wayne twice in that decade: "Big Jake" and "The Shootist" (1976.)

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