Big Jake

Big Jake (1971)

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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Revealing mistake: Whenever 'Dog' gets wet (like fording a river) his makeup runs and you can see that he is really 'Lassie'.

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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]

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Question: At the beginning of the movie I counted 9 bad guys. We only see 1 die, then there are 6 - what happen to the others?

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?

Chosen 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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