YMMV: Big Jake
- Crowning Music of Awesome: The score is classic Western-movie stuff, by the great Elmer Bernstein.
- Moral Event Horizon: The gang of kidnappers cross this at the very beginning of the movie, when they murder half the staff of the McCandles ranch, including two children, in cold blood.
- Tear Jerker:
- The murder nearly half the staff of the McCandles ranch, and attempted murder of Jake's third son in the films opening.
- Poor Sam getting chopped up by the machete wielding psychopath.
- Poor Dog commits a Heroic Sacrifice to protect Little Jake, then he gets chopped up by the machete wielding psychopath. It's hearing that last yawl that hits you in the gut.