Big Jake [Blu-ray]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
The period is the early 1900's. John Wayne plays Jacob McCandles, an old-fashion cowboy out of place in the "modern era." Having been estranged from his family for over 10 years he is called back when the grandson he never knew has been kidnapped and held for $1,000,000 ransom. It's up to Jake, his Indian friend Sam Sharpnose (played decently by Bruce Cabot) and his two sons (Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum) to retrieve the boy at all costs. What follows is an adventure that brings father and sons together as they become dependent on each other to survive the coming violence.
What makes this movie great is the cast. Besides Wayne and Cabot, we get the always outstanding Maureen O'Hara as the matriarch of the McCandles family, hard-nosed and stubborn in her devotion to her family. Richard Boone plays the leader of the outlaw gang and brings his own typical flair to the part. Two of the best scenes are when he verbally spars with Jake, each trying to dominate the other and neither one successful. Harry Carey, Glen Corbett, and a young Bobby Vinton in a bit part, rounds out the cast.
What fails in this movie though, is the constant attempts at levity. Silly antics coupled with silly music takes the hard-edge of the movie away at the wrong times.Read more ›
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This is a pretty good. Pretty original movie. It starts off like a news reel documentary in black and white. As it shows an outlaw gang led by Richard Boone. Read morePublished 23 days ago by john thomas