Big Jake

Big Jake (1971)


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Martha McCandles: This is going to be a very harsh and unpleasant business, and will take an equally harsh and unpleasant person to see to it.

Martha McCandles: I was wrong. You haven't changed, have you, Jacob McCandles?
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Not one bit.

Jake: Well, if you can shoot that far, a quarter of a mile straight along the edge of my nose is a mountain buck. Shoot it.
Michael McCandles: I don't kill to make a point, Father.
Jake: Michael, there's two reason to kill - survival and meat. We need meat.

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.

Jake: You're short on ears and long on mouth.

Pop Dawson: Say, you don't look too good. The sight of blood bother you?
Jake: Only my own.

John Fain: Who are you?
Jake: Jacob McCandles.
John Fain: I thought you were dead.
Jake: Not hardly.

Martha McCandles: They're very dangerous men. They've already killed ten people, many of them you know... Juan and his family.
Jake: Tina and the little boy?
Martha McCandles: And Moses Brown.
Jake: Old Mose... lousy cook.

Hotel desk clerk: I thought you were dead.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Dead? The next person who says that I'm gonna shoot, so help me.

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: I'll give you $500 now and another $500 when you get 'em to market.
Scottish Shepherd: That's highway robbery.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Well, maybe you think you're gonna get a better offer for 'em today?
Scottish Shepherd: I'll take it... with one proviso.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What's that?
Scottish Shepherd: I go with the sheep.

Jake: What do you do when cockroaches get in the woodwork, Michael?
James McCandles: Smoke 'em out?
Jake: That's right.
Michael McCandles: Why not wait for them to make the first move?
Jake: Because waiting is good for them and bad for us. You get impatient, nervy, careless and maybe dead.

John Fain: You come close, mister, but no cigar.

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What about the boy? You gonna hang him too, or just beat him up some more?
Head of lynching party: Mister, you shouldn't butt into things that aren't your business, you really shouldn't.

Michael McCandles: Newspaper clippings. I killed a man for newspaper clippings.

John Fain: A ranch sure is a deserted looking place during a round-up.

Sam Sharpnose: That's more words than I've spoke since I knew ya'.

Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Your fault, my fault nobody's fault.

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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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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