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Something Big (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  November 1971 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Judi Meredith ...
Carrie Standall
Edward Faulkner ...
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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'Something Big' is a swinging Western. 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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El Capitano  »

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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

[examining corpse]
Colonel Morgan: Well, I'd say he looks healthier than the last time I saw him.
Junior Frisbee: How can he look healthier when he's dead?
Colonel Morgan: It must agree with him.
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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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Ironically nothing big happens in the film!
8 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Something Big is directed by Andrew V. McLagen and written by James Lee Barrett. It stars Dean Martin, Brian Keith, Carol White, Honor Blackman, Albert Salmi and Ben Johnson. Music is by Marvin Hamlisch (title song by Burt Bacharach) and cinematography by Harry Stradling Junior.

Dull as dishwater, Something Big is the very definition of a star vehicle where the star sleepwalks for the paycheck. The plot for what it's worth has Martin as Joe Baker, an ageing bandit wanting to do something big before retirement. He strikes a deal with Jonny Cobb (Salmi), to exchange a Gatling Gun for a woman, you see Cobb just wants to get laid, apparently. With Joe's fiancée on her way to the Territory to make an honest man of him, and Colonel Morgan (Keith) determined to stop Joe achieving his criminal ambition before he himself retires, Joe has it all to do to do that something big.

What follows in the one hour and forty five minute run time is, well, nothing of any note. There are a whole raft of characters in the mix, and a dog, but they never serve any purpose other than being dressage or to deliver some unfunny dialogue. The intention is to make Martin's lovable scallywag the axis for some mature daft shenanigans, building to the "big" finale before everyone settles down in the sun and shouts hooray! But Martin isn't interested, and McLaglen isn't clever enough to knit all the loose ends together. While the "big" finale consists of a five minute boring shoot-out that is essentially just Martin going around in a circle firing the Gatling Gun at bad guys we have not met, seen or had time to be intrigued about.

Some nice costumes, cleavage and Technicolor photography stop it from total damnation, but this is only recommended to easy going Western fans who simply have no other genre choices to pick from in their nuclear fall out shelter. 3/10


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