After the Civil War, ex-Confederate soldiers heading for a new life in Mexico run into ex-Union cavalrymen selling horses to the Mexican government but they must join forces to fight off Mexican bandits and revolutionaries.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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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