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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jacob McCandles
... John Fain
... Martha McCandles
... James McCandles
... Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
... Jeff McCandles
... Sam Sharpnose
... O'Brien
... Pop Dawson
... Buck Dugan
... Head of Lynching Party
... Bert Ryan
... John Goodfellow
Jim Burk ... Trooper
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

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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:

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Release Date:

26 May 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Million Dollar Kidnapping  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Hackman was to be offered the role of John Fain if Richard Boone was unavailable. See more »

Goofs

At 1:10 Mich McCandles is helping his brother carry the big box up the stairs of the hotel. He has his scoped-rifle slung over his left shoulder, it catches on the top of stairwell, almost pulling him over. A few seconds later as they carry the box into the hotel room the rifle is slung over his right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

John Fain: We rode down, thought you might be hirin'.
Bert Ryan: We was.
John Fain: Was?
[looks around]
John Fain: You know, this place sure speaks of a lot of money. You know what the problem with money is? Somebody's always trying to take it from you. Still, that's the only problem.
[Pulls gun and shoots Bert]
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My Personal Favorite of all Duke films
11 June 2003 | by See 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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