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 kidnappers 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.
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