Big Jake is the 1971 Western starring John Wayne. It is the year 1909 and although progress marches on, the McCandles still live like old west ranchers. A gang of outlaws raid the house where Martha McCandles lives. They kill several people and take Little Jake as a prisoner. She asks her estranged husband, “Big Jake,” to take one million dollars in ransom money to the gang’s hideout. He is helped out by his other sons, who have embraced the new technology of the early 20th century. Can the McCandles men save Little Jake?
This is an interesting western as it is set during the waning days of the Wild West. The subplot where Jake’s sons show their Dad the new technology help to enrich the main plot. One thing the film doesn’t touch on much is the fact that “Big Jake” is alienated from most of his family. It would have been good to see him deal with this. There are some heartwarming scenes where he comforts Little Jake as they confront the gang. The plot is your typical western, but it is told well. Honolulu western fans should watch this movie.
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