* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The score is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-arLiOBDxOI classic Western-movie stuff]], by the great ElmerBernstein.
* MoralEventHorizon: The gang of kidnappers cross this at the very beginning of the movie, when they [[spoiler: murder half the staff of the [=McCandles=] ranch, including two children, in cold blood]].
* TearJerker:
** 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 [[spoiler: getting chopped up by the machete wielding psychopath]].
** [[spoiler: Poor Dog commits a HeroicSacrifice 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.