* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Marc Shaiman's sweeping Western-style score.
* HamAndCheese: Duke in II, Palance relishes every single second he's on screen. Just look at his eyes when he talks about ''gooooooold''.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Depends on if you saw the sequel first. If you did, then you know going into the first film that [[spoiler: Curly dies.]]
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Jeffrey]] [[Series/TheLarrySandersShow Tambor]] has a cameo as Mitch's boss.
** Also, Jake Gyllenhaal appears as Mitch's son (in his film debut).