- All-Star Cast: This is a Who's Who of Hollywood in The '80s.
- Awesome Music: Bruce Broughton's score fits perfectly with the idea of reconstructing the Western genre after two decades of deconstruction. It's epic, sweeping, and triumphant.
- Moment of Awesome: Quite a few, but a very subtle one is a confrontation midway into the film between Jake and Tyree in Stella's bar. Despite having his eyes locked on Tyree in an epic stare-down, Jake is fully aware of Tyree's two goons ready to go for their guns behind him. And he lets them know it.
Jake: What's the matter, Paden? You afraid I couldn't get those two behind me?
- Moral Event Horizon: "Emmitt... They took the little boy." Cue Roaring Rampage of Revenge