Big Jake (1971)

PG-13   |    |  Western

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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.




  • John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)
  • Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)
  • John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)
  • Richard Boone in Big Jake (1971)
  • John Wayne and Ethan Wayne in Big Jake (1971)
  • John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)

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28 July 2003 | warchey
Not Hardly!
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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Release Date:

26 May 1971


English, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Rancho Marley, Durango, Mexico

Box Office


$4,800,000 (estimated)

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