The Law and Jake Wade

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"The girl is a captive hostage at the mercy of the West's most notorious bandit-killer."
  • Approved
  • 1958
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.8  (2,681)

The Law and Jake Wade is a 1958 western film directed by John Sturges and starring Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, and Patricia Owens. It tells the story of an outlaw named Jake Wade who is caught by the lawman Marshal MacKay, his former friend. Years ago, the two men had been partners in a bank heist, but Jake left with the loot and disappeared, leaving MacKay to take the blame. Now, Jake needs MacKay's help to rescue his kidnapped fiancée from their former gang members.

The movie starts with Jake Wade (played by Robert Taylor) and his gang robbing a bank. However, during the heist, Jake shoots a guard, which upsets his gang, as this was not part of the plan. They decide to dump him and take the money, leaving Jake to take the blame for the robbery. The money is never found, and Jake gets caught and sent to prison. However, he manages to escape and vanishes into thin air, leaving no trace behind.

Years later, Marshal MacKay (played by Richard Widmark) catches Jake in a nearby town and arrests him for the robbery. MacKay and Jake had been partners in the bank robbery, but Jake had left with the money and left MacKay to take the blame. Now that Jake is back, he needs MacKay's help to rescue his kidnapped fiancée from their former gang members.

The plot of the movie revolves around the journey of these two men as they pursue Jake's fiancée through dangerous territories, which are filled with ruthless bandits and desert conditions. The two men share a history, and as they journey together, they must reconcile their past differences while facing the hostile conditions of their mission.

The movie is a captivating western drama, with tension-filled scenes, plot twists and a climactic stand-off. The visual effects are impressive, with the vast and scorching landscapes being shot beautifully, and the musical score matches the film's mood.

Robert Taylor, who plays Jake Wade, delivers a stellar performance as the conflicted outlaw who is torn between his past and present. He portrays the depth of his character, which shows his reluctance to trust his former partner and friend MacKay. Richard Widmark, on the other hand, who plays the lawman Marshal MacKay, portrays a strong, determined and honorable character that is determined to see justice served.

Patricia Owens, who plays Peggy, Jake's fiancée, also gives a good performance as the damsel in distress, and she is well cast in the role of the young woman caught in the criminal underworld without wanting to be.

The Law and Jake Wade is an excellent movie, and it showcases the best of Western films with its striking cinematography, talented cast, and compelling storyline. The film's pacing builds suspense and heightens the sense of danger and excitement. This movie is a must-watch for all Western fans who enjoy a classic tale of revenge and redemption, with a strong dose of action and adventure.

The Law and Jake Wade is a 1958 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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  • Release Date
    1958
  • MPAA Rating
    Approved
  • Runtime
    1 hr 28 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (2,681)