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Big Jake [Blu-ray] (1971)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Subtitled, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004T0XYN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An aging Texas cattle man who has outlived his time swings into action when outlaws kidnap his grandson and wound his son. He returns to his estranged family to help them in the search for Little Jake.

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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't call him DADDY!!!!!!!!! December 25, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This film is one of the better later-day John Wayne films, though strangely violent for a Wayne film. The Duke stars Jacob MacCandles (maybe a reflection of his real life family situation) as a tough man, estranged from his wife and grown sons. Bobby Vinton gives a quickie performance as Wayne's eldest son, shot when (the great) Richard Boone and his band of cutthroats nearly slaughter all on Jacob's ranch in the kidnapping of his grandson (played by Wayne youngest son Ethan). Patrick Wayne, his real son, plays second eldest son and youngest son, Michael, is played by Christopher Mitchum (Robert Mitchum's son!).
In tow are Wayne regulars, Harry Carey (disgusting tobacco chewing baddie), Bruce Cabot as the Indian tracker showing age with Jacob, Glen Corbett as breed the fast gun that faces off against Patrick Wayne in a gun fight, the most natural actor to ever grace the screen, the late Richard Boone, and a lovely appearance by the eternally beautiful Maureen O'Hara, once again playing John's long suffering wife whot loves him, but cannot live with him.
It is super to watch Wayne with Cabot, Carey, Boone and O'Hara, and Jim Davis (later rose to fame once more as Jock Ewing of Dallas) and though the film is intensely violent, I don't see it was gratuitous. The violence came from the end of a very violent era, times were changing, but not fast enough. The violence of the kidnappers had to be there to show Wayne's to-the-wall rescue of his small grandson was called for. Wayne's character was a violent man when the times called for it, but it was just as willing to let things go - if ONLY the other person walked away.
He worked well with his sons and Mitchum, and the interaction between Jacob and his two sons provides the Wayne brand humour in the film.
The times were changing for the code of the old west, and in the same way, times were changing for John Wayne....
I give Wayne credit for not pulling punches in a film that does him credit.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Big Jake" is one of my favorite John Wayne movies, which is not to claim that it is a classic film. This film is directed by George Sherman, who first began doing Westerns back in the late 1930s, although Wayne is known to have directed some scenes as well. In retrospect I would argue that this 1971 film is the first of a trio of film that Wayne made at the end of his career reflecting the passing of the Western. The other two would be Wayne's next film, "The Cowboys," and obviously his final film, "The Shootist." Of that trio "Big Jake" is clearly the most fun and my biggest complaint about this film is that when it is shown on television they almost always have the first commercial break at the absolute worst moment.

The film begins with a raid on the McCandles Ranch where Little Jake McCandles (Ethan Wayne, the Duke's youngest son, named for the character he played in "The Searchers") is kidnapped by a gang of cutthroats led by John Fain (Richard Boone). Fain demands a ransom to be delivered across the border in Mexico. The Texas Rangers are willing to do it, but Martha McCandles (Maureen O'Hara), the boy's grandmother, announces that this is a disagreeable task and needs to be done by a disagreeable man. At this point we cut to an extreme close up of John Wayne peering down the barrel of a rifle. It is a great introduction to Wayne's character in the film and a fitting counterpart to the moment in "Stagecoach" when we first see the Ringo Kid and his Winchester.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Western Escapism With Big John February 22, 2008
Format:DVD
One of John Wayne's better late-career vehicles, "Big Jake" (1971) is an enjoyable turn-of-the-century Western that mixes humor and gunplay in equal measure. The cinematic icon remains tall in the saddle as Texas rancher Jacob McCandles - taking on villainous Richard Boone and anyone else responsible for the kidnapping of his grandson. Veteran director George Sherman keeps the action moving at a relaxed pace. However, the climactic shootout is bloodier than expected for a Wayne Western. In a disappointingly small role, Maureen O'Hara appears with the Duke for the last time as McCandles' estranged wife.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wayne rides high in the saddle once again..." July 13, 2005
Format:DVD
John Wayne rides high in the saddle once again in "Big Jake", which proves to be one of his better films from the 1970's.

Wayne plays Jacob McCandles, an aging rancher who goes after the group of men who attacked his ranch, killed some of his workers, and kidnapped his grandson. However, "Big Jake" doesn't plan on letting these no-goods get away lightly. He teams up with his sons James and Michael (played by Patrick Wayne and Chris Mitchum, respectively) and an old Indian friend named Sam Sharpnose (Bruce Cabot) to distribute some rugged Western justice. It has been many years since Jake has even seen his family; he doesn't even know about his grandson until his estranged wife (Maureen O'Hara) sends for him. A man also out of his time, Jake is surprised with inventions such as the motor-car that has made horse-riding obsolete, and the automatic pistol Michael carries for protection. Although it is 1909, he still prefers to use a horse and six-shooter, just like the old days. Whether they use "advanced" technology or not, Jake and his pals have a lot of trouble on their hands as they try to catch up with the men who have his grandson while fighting off local robbers who know about the alleged 1,000,000 dollars Jake possesses for his grandson's ransom.

The action scenes are surprising violent (compared to some of Wayne's older films), but they're not extreme to the point of earning "Big Jake" an R-rating. The dialogue, especially between Jake and his sons, is enjoyable and simple. A cast of familiar Western actors only adds to the fun, as familiar faces appear throughout the film. Some of the actors include Harry Carey Jr., John Agar, Jim Davis, and plenty more.

"Big Jake" is a film that John Wayne fans and action fans alike won't want to miss. Unfortunately, there are no special features on the DVD edition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The quality is fantastic and it is fun to see these movies digitally remastered. I am a huge John Wayne fan and am stoked to have this!
Published 1 hour ago by Skeitz
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic John Wayne fare
My favorite John Wayne western, other than True Grit. Good adventure, with his son and another great actor's son playing his sons in the movie.
Published 2 hours ago by Kathryn Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke
I've been a John Wayne fan since I was a pup, which speaks to my age. This is one of my favorite films that features his real-life son and grandson - oh, yeah, the disc was in... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Paul Denny
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites by the Duke
Richard Boone is great in it also. "My fault, your fault, nobody's fault" is my favorite line. Read more
Published 9 days ago by The original backroads
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My favorites
One of John Wayne's best movies. An excellent addition to my collection and a must have for anyone who loves the Duke
Published 13 days ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars another good movie
I like John Wayne movies, for the most part, this is one of my favorites. Then, you add some of the other past western characters, it makes it more enjoyable. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a great movie, was a good addition to my library, glad i bought it. would recommend this to anyone.
Published 28 days ago by mysticman76
5.0 out of 5 stars big jake
in my opinion one of the best movies of all time. this was an excellent deal and I would not hesitate to do business with again.
Published 1 month ago by genghis kahn
5.0 out of 5 stars review
i am a john wayne fan and enjoy all his movies. Ihad no problem with the dvd when it got her. play well no issues with picture or sound.
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Jake!!!
Definitely a favorite John Wayne movie of mine. The interesting part about this movie is all of the "real life" personal connections with John Wayne... Read more
Published 1 month ago by appraiserdude
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