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Big Jake (1971)

GP | | Western | 26 May 1971 (USA)
In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

Directors:

George Sherman, John Wayne (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Julian Fink (story and screenplay), Rita M. Fink (story and screenplay) (as R.M. Fink)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jim Burk ... Trooper
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Will Fain
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Storyline

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 Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They wanted gold. They gave them lead instead! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Million Dollar Kidnapping See more »

Filming Locations:

Rancho Marley, Durango, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,350,000, 31 December 1971
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (photographs in opening credits)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Mitchum is the son of Robert Mitchum. See more »

Goofs

After the Rangers are ambushed and Michael is found at the wreckage of his motorcycle James and Michael are leaving together but they are not carrying Michael's scoped rifle which was in a scabbard on the motorcycle yet in the scene by the river and for the rest of the movie he has it. Also a wreck would have at least caused a misalignment requiring the resighting of the scope/rifle combo. See more »

Quotes

Pop Dawson: Say, you don't look too good. The sight of blood bother you?
Jake: Only my own.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Conqueror (2014) See more »

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Love the Duke!!
17 February 2005 | by rubinmail-oneSee all my reviews

First I have to say that I am a huge JW fan. In this film JW is his classic Kick A** self. There is some sentimental stuff in here, about the old man's relationship with his grown sons. Basically it is good old John Wayne Action. When the bad guys get the drop on him, all you can think is "Big mistake" This film is set in the early 1900s. There is an interesting parallel between the passing of the baton from one generation to the next (Jake and his grown sons) and the passing of technology. We see new fangled weapons and a motor car. (Naturally Jake rejects these)

Finally: You got to love the idea of Big Jake owning a dog named ..... DOG.


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