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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 »

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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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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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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

Many of the actors in the cast were members of John Wayne's well known "stock company" of regular actors, including: Chuck Roberson (21+ actor, 30+ stunts); Hank Worden (15+); Bruce Cabot (10); Patrick Wayne (10); Harry Carey Jr. (9); Dean Smith (7 actor, 10 stunts); John Agar (6); Gregg Palmer (6); Maureen O'Hara (5); Jim Burk (5 actor, 14 stunts); Jerry Gatlin (5 actor, 11 stunts); Tom Hennesy (5 actor, 10 stunts); Richard Boone (3); Christopher Mitchum (3); John Doucette (3); Jim Davis (3); plus at least two others with two John Wayne movie acting credits. See more »

Goofs

After Jake throws his son James into the mud, James pulls his revolver, it can be clearly seen that the chambers are empty. See more »

Quotes

[to his son]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I'll finish this fight.
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Not Hardly!
28 July 2003 | by warcheySee all my reviews

I first saw "Big Jake" in Bangkok, Thailand in 1971 and enjoyed it thoroughly. The story is classic John Wayne so there is nothing new here. Wayne is the quintessential loner/drifter who is estranged from his well to do family led by long time Wayne co-star Maureen O'hara. When his grandson is kidnapped, Jacob McCandles (Wayne) comes home and takes charge. Big Jake teams with his sons and Indian companion (Bruce Cabot) and goes off to rescue the grandson. The highlight of this film involves the interaction between Wayne and Richard Boone who plays the chief villain John Fain. The two times that McCandles and Fain cross paths is worth the price of admission alone. Look for other Wayne sidekicks in this movie like Harry Carey, Jr, Patrick Wayne and John Agar. If you like John Wayne westerns, you'll like "Big Jake". I bought the dvd.


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