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Writers:
Harry Julian Fink (story) and
Rita M. Fink (story)
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Release Date:
26 May 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Big John = Big Jake = Big Western See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
"That'll Be the Day" See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Wayne ... Jacob McCandles

Richard Boone ... John Fain

Maureen O'Hara ... Martha McCandles

Patrick Wayne ... James McCandles

Christopher Mitchum ... Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
Bobby Vinton ... Jeff McCandles

Bruce Cabot ... Sam Sharpnose

Glenn Corbett ... O'Brien

Harry Carey Jr. ... Pop Dawson

John Doucette ... Buck Dugan

Jim Davis ... Head of Lynching Party

John Agar ... Bert Ryan
Gregg Palmer ... John Goodfellow
Jim Burk ... Trooper
Robert Warner ... Will Fain
Dean Smith ... Kid Duffy

Ethan Wayne ... Little Jake McCandles (as John Ethan Wayne)
Virginia Capers ... Delilah
Bill Walker ... Moses Brown (as William Walker)
Jerry Gatlin ... Stubby
Don Epperson ... Saloon Bully in Escondero
Everett Creach ... Walt Devries
Jeff Wingfield ... Billy Devries

Hank Worden ... Hank
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
George Fenneman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Scottish Shepherd (uncredited)
Pedro Galván ... Doctor (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Mr. Sweet (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ... Boy on Town (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Gunman at Bathhouse in Escondero (uncredited)
John Kelly ... City Hawk (uncredited)
John McLiam ... Army Officer (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Maria Rocio ... Maria (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Escondero Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sherman 
John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Harry Julian Fink (story and screenplay) and
Rita M. Fink (story and screenplay) (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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Language:
Color:
Black and White (photographs in opening credits) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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 (certificate #22945) (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:
Ethan Wayne, who plays Big Jake's grandson, is actually John Wayne's real-life son.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Michael crashes his motorcycle, and Jake rides down the steep hill, Sam grabs the rope to the pack mule. When he grabs it, the rope is tightly coiled, when the camera angle changes the rope is very loosely coiled.See more »
Quotes:
John Fain:Who are you?
Jake:Jacob McCandles.
John Fain:I thought you were dead.
Jake:Not hardly.
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Movie Connections:
References Hatari! (1962)See more »

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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"That'll Be the Day", 18 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Though Big Jake doesn't go down with the greatest of John Wayne's films I put it in the class of The Comancheros which I also found entertaining. This film is the right mixture of chemistry and action. No doubt helped by the fact that John Wayne was surrounded with family literally.

John Wayne is the estranged patriarch of a family who owns a big cattle spread just as he did in McLintock. A gang of kidnappers came on the place while most everyone was on roundup and killed several people and kidnapped Wayne's grandson. Grandmother Maureen O'Hara sends for her estranged husband to deal with the kidnappers as he sees fit. Being this is a John Wayne movie, you already know how that is.

Son Michael Wayne is the producer and sons Patrick and Ethan play Wayne's son and grandson. This is a bit of a change for Patrick Wayne. From back in the days of The Searchers, Pat Wayne always played callow youths in his father's and in other films. Here he's a grown man and quite bitter at his father. The conflict between them crackles on the screen. Christopher Mitchum, the son of another Hollywood icon, plays another Wayne offspring as does Bobby Vinton.

The action flows pretty good here and the tension does not let up for a moment. There are some good comic moments, but they are well integrated into the plot of the story.

Of the Duke's films post his Oscar from True Grit, Big Jake is one of his best and a personal favorite of mine.

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