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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.

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About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories.  Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, 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 also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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