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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>/edit TrivWhiz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Big Jake... A legend of a man. A man who fought his way through hell to save a grandson he had never seen! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the final film in which John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara worked together; they had previously collaborated in Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), and McLintock! (1963), and O'Hara considered Wayne her first, best friend, even going so far as naming a wing of the home she shared with her husband, General Charles Blair, the John Wayne wing. See more »

Goofs

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

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: [Watching a sheepherder about to be hanged] No sir; no sir I ain't. I ain't butted into somebody else's business since I was seventeen year old, at which time it almost got me killed.
[Dog growls deeply]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What's the matter with you?
[Looks down toward the hanging party; man kicks a young boy]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Aw, now... what'd he have to go and do that for?
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My Personal Favorite of all Duke films
11 June 2003 | by BatStarIndyFreakSee all my reviews

John Wayne is undeniably my favorite of all actors, and I'm happy that he was still around when I came into the world (He died when I was 5). Here's where the Duke does the stuff he's good at, dry humor, laying down the law, and pulling no punches. The whole "Your fault, my fault, nobody's fault..." exchange is Classic!! It's a great family reunion (John, Patrick, and Ethan). His oft costar Bruce Cabot does great in his supporting role. As well, the Duke and O'Hara show splendid chemistry in their final costarring. Not to mention the very intimidating performance by Richard Boone as the big villain. Gotta' love this one!!


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