Big Jake

Continuity mistake: When the gang of bad guys ride to the ranch there are nine of them. When they leave, and throughout the rest of the movie there are only seven, despite only one being shot off his horse at the ranch. (00:15:15)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where John Wayne picks up the red box of money he lifts it onto his back and walks to an open door. As he goes out the door the camera moves to outside and we see John Wayne come out of the building. Now the red box is completely on his shoulder, rather than his back.

Continuity mistake: When the Duke is in the shower at the barber shop, and he shoots his shotgun through the shower door to kill the bad guy, it blows the door apart, but the bad guy doesn't even have a little blood on the front of his body after he is killed by the mighty blast.

Continuity mistake: When Jake's younger son Michael decides to show daddy his expertise with a rifle, he picks his target as "that tall tree over there, the edge of the small broken branch", and the Duke says, "Son, that's over 400 yards!" Michael says, "Nearer 500." There's no way the Duke could have seen that branch at 500 yards, because they clearly showed earlier in the movie that his eyesight was really bad. [He's long-sighted, not short sighted]

Continuity mistake: As James is being hassled in the bar, one of the bad guys goes through the window into the hotel room. Sam shoots him and he falls backwards through the balcony railing. The next time the railing is shown, it's put back together.

Continuity mistake: The dog changes from a regular color collie to a dark almost black collie several times throughout the movie.

Continuity mistake: When James goes to help up Michael after Jake punches him, they walk off to the horses without picking up Michael's rifle that was next to him on the ground. He somehow has it to use later on in killing the man in the bell tower. (00:50:50)

Continuity mistake: There are four men in the third car when crossing the bridge. When going through the stream there are now five men, and when the ambush happens only three jump out, leaving one dead man to go over the cliff. (00:40:30)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where John Wayne picks up the red box of money he lifts it onto his back and walks to an open door. As he goes out the door the camera moves to outside and we see John Wayne come out of the building. Now the red box is completely on his shoulder, rather than his back.

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Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: And now you understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all... your fault, my fault, nobody's fault... it won't matter - I'm gonna blow your head off. It's as simple as that. No matter what else happens, no matter who gets killed I'm gonna blow your head off.

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Question: At the beginning of the move it is established that Big Jake has not seen his sons for 10 years, but it appears he is close enough geographically to be found, summoned and arrive before the bad guys can get more than a days' ride away from the ranch. Was he really that bad of a dad or is his arrival at the ranch a bit too magical?

Answer: It doesn't help explain locating Big Jake or time involved, but as to helping some with the quickness of him coming to help, remember he came in on a train, he didn't ride back home.

Answer: He has been gone for 10 years but knows "Juan and the little boy", not 10 years old I assume.

Answer: Jake was a very rough character when he was a younger man, and his wife did not want him around. After the grandson is rescued, the family realises he has changed and they reunite.

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