Big Jake (1971)





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When Jake's grandson is kidnapped by scurrilous baddie Richard Boone, he sets out to deliver the $1 million ransom. On the off-chance that there'll be gunplay, Jake brings along his sons. In one of her most passive screen roles, Maureen O'Hara plays Jake's estranged wife.
PG-13 (western violence)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


John Wayne
as Jacob McCandles
Richard Boone
as John Fain
Maureen O'Hara
as Martha McCandles
Patrick Wayne
as James McCandles
Christopher Mitchum
as Michael McCandles
Bobby Vinton
as Jeff McCandles
Bruce Cabot
as Sam Sharpnose
Ethan Wayne
as Little Jake
Glenn Corbett
as O'Brien
Jim Burk
as Trooper
Harry Carey Jr.
as Pop Dawson
John Doucette
as Buck Dugan
Jim Davis
as Head of Lynching Party
John Agar
as Bert Ryan
Gregg Palmer
as John Goodfellow
Robert Warner
as Will Fain
Jim Burke
as Trooper
Dean Smith
as Kid Duffy
Bill Walker
as Moses Brown
Jerry Gatlin
as Stubby
Tom Hennessy
as Saloon Brawler
Don Epperson
as Saloon Bully
Everett Creach
as Walt Devries
Jeff Wingfield
as Billy Devries
William Walker
as Moses Brown
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Critic Reviews for Big Jake

All Critics (4)

A second rate Western, more interesting for its biographical elements, the film co-stars Wayne's own son as well as sons of Robert Mitchum and other friends, all getting the usual lessons in macho morality.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007

Wayne gets little help from anyone else but Boone and can't pull off such a slight story line by his lonesome.

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Very enjoyable, underrated western.

June 6, 2005

Rowdy shootem' up has Duke in boot-stridin' form.

January 1, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Big Jake

This is a little like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with themes of the passing of the ways of the old west. It is set in the early 1900s. Automobiles and motorcycles are taking over as preferred modes of transportation. Wayne reunites with O'Hara briefly, too briefly. She only appears in the opening scenes. John Wayne's real son Patrick plays one rebellious son. Robert Michum's real son Christopher plays the other motocycle riding son. John Wayne is especially macho and stuck in his generation's way of relating to the younger generation who want to try new things. Of course since Wayne is the star and a producer, his character wins the day by stubbornly sticking to what he knows, putting the young men in their place as spoiled kids with tantrums and toys, and beating the outlaws.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


Altho ostensibly about the Duke chasing greedy, unscrupulous kidnappers (with Richard Boone the leering leader of despicable baddies), this tale mainly involves an errant father's careful rebonding with his distrustful offspring ... and the Duke's folksy charm does just that, after a few butt-kicking fistfights and a coupla shootouts, naturally.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This might be my favorite movie by the Duke.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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