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Big Jake

Released 1971
Distributor National General Pictures

John Wayne’s attempt to plant his legendary persona into an arena potentially more hostile than any he’d ever faced before: The Seventies. Thanks to a cadre of good friends, who also happen to be good actors, including Richard Boone and, touchingly,  Maureen O’Hara, he nearly succeeds. This quasi-retread of The Searchers’ basic plot (Wayne is on the look for his kidnapped grandson) is helped mightily by Elmer Bernstein’s rousing score and a seventies-friendly screenplay from Dirty Harry scribes Harry and Rita Fink.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories. They created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, the Emmy, the PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame. Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque. He is also a Governor for writers branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.