Big Jake

A late Wayne Western, depending heavily on recycling better (and no better) earlier pictures. Strung together in a one-suspect kidnapping yarn are the family feuds and father/son reconciliations first encountered in Shepherd of the Hills, with Hondo, The Searchers and McLintock plundered along the way. But this is 1971, the year of Dirty Harry, so a new brutality attaches awkwardly to the familiar goings on; and where the humour in The Searchers served to mark that film's epic passages of time, Big Jake's knockabout with motorbikes and mud fights merely, and tiresomely, prolongs the pursuit.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Sherman
Screenwriter: Harry Julian Fink, RM Fink
Cast: John Wayne
Richard Boone
Maureen O'Hara
Patrick Wayne
Chris Mitchum
Bobby Vinton
Bruce Cabot
Glenn Corbett
Harry Carey Jr
John Ethan Wayne
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