Big Jake

Big Jake

George Sherman (1971)

15 Certificate


Our Score
It might just as well have been titled Big John, because that's all this is, really: close-ups of the grizzled John Wayne, in the twilight of his career, nostalgically paired (for the fifth and, sadly, last time) with an elegantly ageing Maureen O'Hara, and surrounded by relatives and buddies such as son Patrick and old sparring partner Bruce Cabot. There's precious little plot, though - the Duke is called in to rescue his grandson from a vicious band of kidnappers by his estranged wife (O'Hara) - and George Sherman's direction is lazy and untidy. Still, William Clothier's outdoor photography is worth a look and Richard Boone makes a fine larger-than-life baddie. But, really, the whole sad enterprise is altogether too routine, and the leads just look too old.


Bandits attack a Texas ranch and kidnap a boy, demanding a $1million ransom. However, they have reckoned without the intervention of the youngster's tough grandfather, who sets out on the trail with the aid of his two sons, a cunning tracker and his faithful dog. Western, starring John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Hara, Chris Mitchum and Patrick Wayne.

Cast & Crew

Jacob McCandles John Wayne
John Fain Richard Boone
Martha McCandles Maureen O'Hara
Michael McCandles Chris Mitchum
James McCandles Patrick Wayne
Jeff McCandles Bobby Vinton
Sam Sharpnose Bruce Cabot
O'Brien Glenn Corbett
Director George Sherman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and some swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray