Saturday, October 11, 2014

Movie Review: ****Big Jake (John Wayne, 1971)

This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies.  Jacob "Jake" McCandles (Wayne) leads his boys, Michael (Christopher Mitchum) and James (Patrick Wayne) on a quest to rescue his grandson Little Jake (Ethan Wayne) who was taken by kidnappers.  In the kidnapping many of the ranch crew were killed, and McCandles' other son, Ethan's father, was badly wounded.  They are joined by Jake's American Indian friend, Sam Sharpnose, (Bruce Cabot.)  The gang of outlaws is lead by John Fain (Richard Boone.)  Prior to traveling, even though they make a big deal of carrying one million dollars ransom, Jake and his estranged wife, Martha (Maureen O'Hara) have decided they wouldn't pay men for killing their crew.  However, they not only need to extract revenge, but also rescue the boy, whom Jake has never seen.  They face ruthless criminals, who do not care about the life of others. 
They travel into Mexico, beyond the reach of Texas law, and they slowly follow.  This time it takes cunning and daring to defend their money chest, and to keep Little Jake alive. 

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