Big Jake is a 1971 Western film, filmed on location in Durango, Mexico, starring John Wayne, narrated by George Fenneman, and directed by George Sherman. Big Jake was released to box-office success and generally-positive critical reviews. Set in the year 1909, Jacob "Big Jake" McCandles (John Wayne) is an aging rancher and near-legendary gunfighter estranged from his family. He wanders the west with his trusty Rough Collie, simply named Dog. The family's ranch is raided by a ruthless gang of outlaws led by John Fain (Richard Boone). They kidnap Jacob's grandson Little Jake (Ethan Wayne), for ransom, murdering ranch hands and seriously wounding Jacob's eldest son, Jeff (Bobby Vinton). Martha McCandles (Maureen O'Hara) summons Jacob. Jacob and his wife have been separated for nearly 10 years. Jacob arrives by train and he and Martha discuss a plan to take the ransom to the kidnappers and for Jacob to return with the boy. Jacob warns that "Pay or not, we run the risk of never seeing the boy again". Martha has what is well known as a million dollars in a big red strongbox that Jacob is to deliver to the kidnappers.