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Something Big (1971)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | November 1971 (USA)
Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker ... See full summary »

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Joe Baker
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Col. Morgan
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Dover McBride
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Mary Anna Morgan
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Jesse Bookbinder
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Jonny Cobb
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Tommy McBride
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Polly Standall
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Junior Frisbee
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Sgt. Fitzsimmons
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Angel Moon
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Joe Pickins
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Carrie Standall
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Capt. Tyler (as Ed Faulkner)
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Chief Yellow Sun
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Joe Baker has a dream. He wants to do 'something big.' When he needs a Gatling gun to accomplish this, he seeks out a black marketeer. The price he wants for the gun? A woman! So Baker kidnaps a woman off of the stagecoach, only to find that she is the wife of the commandant of the local Cavalry detachment. Things get further complicated when a girl named Dover McBride shows up. She has come to force Baker to marry her and return east, as he promised to do four years earlier. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Everybody wants to do something big once in his life. It's just that most people don't have to hold up a stagecoach, steal a girl, and swap her for a gun to do it. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and western violence | See all certifications »

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November 1971 (USA)  »

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Trivia

On its original release in the UK, this was commonly shown as the main feature in a double bill, with Darker Than Amber (1970) as the supporting film. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Morgan: What about your friend there? Do you want to bury him?
Jonny Cobb: No. Maybe something will come out of the hills tonight and drag him off.
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"Tuffy" as Scruffy. See more »

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Referenced in My Husband, the Producer (1974) See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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A fun western that can only be described as a lost guilty pleasure.
30 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While stationed in Thailand in 1972 during the Vietnam War, I had an opportunity to get a part-time job operating a movie projector at the base theater for the midnight show. One of the films I was fortunate to show was "Somthing Big", a rowdy, unpretentious western with a fun and talented cast headed by Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Albert Salmi and Honor Blackman. The film's strongest point is that it didn't take itself too seriously, yet still presented a fine array of subplots and character studies that nicely wove themselves together to a rousing finale. What has stuck out most in my mind for over the past 30+ years, however, was the movie's theme song. Like the film itself, the title song was a joyous and melodic tribute to the desire in everyone to reach for that star in the heavens, or that impossible dream. It is disappointing that the film never made it to VHS or DVD. If it ever shows up on cable TV, don't miss an opportunity to see this lost guilty pleasure.


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