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Big Jake (1971)

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

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Cast

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Martha McCandles
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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
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Jeff McCandles
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Buck Dugan
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Jim Burk ...
Trooper
Robert Warner ...
Will Fain
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Storyline

The 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 a million dollar ransom. There is only one man who is brave enough and smart enough to bring him back and that man is Big Jake. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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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

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GP | See all certifications »

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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:

$7,500,000 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

It looked like Jake left the boys hat in the station house before setting out to get little Jake. He didn't put it in anything nor was it seen in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Hank, where are your spurs?
Hank: You can't use 'em on these new velocopedes.
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Connections

Features The Great Train Robbery (1903) See more »

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Big Jake is not DEAD!

He is not dead...NOT HARDLY!! This movie was great. I can't believe I had never seen it. I loved the way he put his kids in place every time they got out of line. Especially that guy with the mustache (Wayne's real life son). I have seldom seen movies where there is so much suspense. The mean man with the blanket was super good also at being a MEAN AND BAD GUY!!!! John Wayne is the best cowboy ever. He looked and acted tough and was apparently TOUGH in real life. I wish Maureen O'Hara would have been in this movie more. She is so good looking. John Wayne was so fearless. I loved the way he bled RED PAINT. Back then, the blood looked like RED PAINT. Haha.

I give this movie a perfect 10!


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