After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.
McCandles Ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for one million dollars ransom. There is only one man brave enough, tough enough, and smart enough to bring him back alive, and that man is Big Jake.Written by
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Early in the movie, Michael McCandles (Christopher Mitchum) shows up sporting a revolutionary--for the time period--Bergmann automatic pistol, but proves dangerously inept in its handling. Thereafter, the weapon is carried by the more handgun-adept James McCandles (Patrick Wayne). Bergmann was indeed one of the earliest commercial manufacturers of automatic pistols but they were produced in relatively small numbers, so surviving copies are rare and quite valuable. Consequently, the weapon shown in the movie is actually a circa 1940s Walther P-38 modified by the props department to resemble the much earlier Bergmann pistol. This same prop weapon is seen again in Black Caesar (1973). See more »
When Martha is telling Big Jake how the kidnapping went down, she says they killed Juan and his family. Then Jake says "Tina and the little boy?". She says "yes". If he's been incommunicado for all these years, how did he know about the little boy? Kid looked to be about 9-10 years old, granted Jake hasn't seen James "since he was 16 years old", but full-grown James looks well older than 26. See more »
Well, if you can shoot that far, a quarter of a mile straight along the edge of my nose is a mountain buck. Shoot it.
I don't kill to make a point, Father.
Michael, there's two reason to kill - survival and meat. We need meat!
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"No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off."
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 wasas alwaysa 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 leadera sadistic gunrunnerJohn 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
Marthaquite 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 grandsonresponds 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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