Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this sequel to Old Yeller, while certainly not the tearjerker of that well-known title, is filled with dated portrayals of Native Americans, including name calling ("injuns" and "dirty red devils"). Children are kidnapped. Also, expect extended rifle battles, brotherly rock fights, and scrappy conflicts between the titular dog and a feisty bobcat as well as a pack of wolves.
Many scenes of rifleplay and fistfights between cowboys and Native Americans. The younger brother defends himself against his older brother by throwing rocks at his brother's chest. As a fearless dog, Savage Sam gets into many fights with wolves, the Native Americans, and a bobcat. In frustration, the younger brother punches a horse in the face. Children are kidnapped by Native Americans.
At the peak of a heated exchange, one of the cowboys calls another cowboy a "jackass." Several times throughout the film, cowboys call the Native Americans "injuns" and "dirty red devils."
Though the movie relies on dated stereotypes about Native Americans and a one-dimensional portrayal, there is some subtle messaging about the plight of the Native American and the encroachment of white settlers on their land.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Two of the cowboys share and consume chewing tobacco.