Big JakeDirector: George Sherman, John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara
When his grandson (played by real-life son Ethan Wayne) is kidnapped by scurrilous baddie Richard Boone, Big Jake (John Wayne) sets out to deliver the $1 million ransom. On the off-chance that there'll be gunplay, Jake brings along his sons Patrick Wayne and Chris Mitchum. Maureen O'Hara plays Jake's estranged wife and Bruce Cabot provides comedy relief as a scraggly Indian Scout.
escue plot and a familiar macho mindset (a theme of sons learning to obey their father - and thus learning how to be men - is key to the story). George Sherman directs with an appropriately stately style and Elmer Bernstein supplies a rousing score that harkens back to his classic work on The Magnificent Seven. Wayne delivers a typically convincing performance, using his formidable persona to sell the script's reverence for tradition. There is also solid support work from Patrick Wayne as a resentful but brave son and a creepy turn from Richard Boone as the quietly psychopathic villain. In short, Big Jake offers a unique mix of the old and the new that makes it worth viewing for all kinds of Western fans.
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Cast & Crew
|John Wayne||Jacob McCandles|
|Richard Boone||John Fain|
|Maureen O'Hara||Martha McCandles|
|Patrick Wayne||James McCandles|
|Christopher Mitchum||Michael McCandles|
|Bruce Cabot||Sam Sharpnose|
|Ethan Wayne||Little Jake|
|Bobby Vinton||Jeff McCandles|
|Harry Carey||Pop Dawson|
|John Doucette||Buck Dugan|
|Gregg Palmer||John Goodfellow|
|Robert Warner||Will Fain|
|Dean Smith||Kid Duffy|
|William Walker||Moses Brown|
|Don Epperson||Saloon Bully|
|Everett Creach||Walt Devries|
|Jim Davis||Head of Lynching Party|
|John Agar||Bert Ryan|
|Tom Hennessy||Saloon Brawler|
|Carl Anderson||Art Director|
|Newt Arnold||Asst. Director|
|Elmer Bernstein||Score Composer|
|William H. Clothier||Cinematographer|
|John Ferguson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rita M. Fink||Screenwriter|
|Harry Julian Fink||Screenwriter|
|Howard Jensen||Special Effects|
|Ray Moyer||Set Decoration/Design|
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im a big john wayne fan and i think he should have received a academy award for this movie just like he did in true grit this movie to me is one of the betst john wayne films and i thonk the voters realy overlokked this film this movie brings out the best in the duke,richard boone is fantastic and bruce cabot is also great in this picture and harry carrey jr is also real good in this picture.
This movie has been a family favorite for years. My children watched it on VHS when they were growing up. I recommended it to a young friend who was not familiar with John Wayne's work and discovered I did not have it in my DVD collection. I had to buy it immediately. It's up there with True Grit and The Cowboys as one of his best. It's also a family affair with two of his sons in the cast and two of his favorite co stars, Maureen O'Hara and Richard Boone as well. Great performances. Snappy dialog. If you haven't seen it, you should.
best john wayne ever
what can i say. any john wayne movie is a classic. He is a handsome man and a good lead character. i watched the movie as a child in the 80s and i still watch it as an adult. Westerns are becomming outdated here in california, but i think it made its mark and people will all know who john wayne is. i recommend it to anyone.