MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,356 this week

The Born Losers (1967)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  12 July 1967 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 1,298 users  
Reviews: 49 user | 23 critic

Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town.

Director:

(as T.C. Frank)

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 13 Nov 2010
 
a list of 22 titles
created 07 Jan 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 26 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 25 Feb 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Born Losers" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Born Losers (1967)

The Born Losers (1967) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Born Losers.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Elizabeth James ...
Vicky Barrington
Jeremy Slate ...
Daniel 'Danny' Carmody
William Wellman Jr. ...
Child
...
Deputy Fred
Paul Bruce ...
District Attorney George Davis
Robert Cleaves ...
Mr. Crawford
Paul Prokop ...
Speechless
...
Cueball (as Robert W. Tessier)
Jeff Cooper ...
Gangrene
Stuart Lancaster ...
Sheriff Harvey (as Stewart Lancaster)
Anne Bellamy ...
Mrs. Prang
Gordon Hoban ...
Jerry Carmody
Susan Foster ...
Linda Prang
Janice Miller ...
Jodell Shorn
Edit

Storyline

A malicious motorcycle gang harasses the residents of a small California town, intimidating most residents to not report them to the police. Among the gang's crimes is the rape of four young women. As the gang attempts to threaten the women into not testifying at the indictment hearing, one of the women, Vicki, comes under the protection of Billy Jack, who has also had several altercations with the gang. The gang escalates their pressure on both Vicki and Billy Jack to keep her out of the courtroom. Written by Warren Anderson <wanderson@asdg.enet.dec.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Kitten on wheels, with her bike, her boots and her bikini! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 July 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Born Losers  »

Box Office

Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,000,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Banned in Sweden for its violence in 1968, 1972 and 1975. See more »

Goofs

When Vicki is getting out of the ocean and her jacket blows off her bike, it lands a few feet from the dead seal. In the very next shot, it's just inches from the seal. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Iconoclastic And Colorful
7 September 2007 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Given its low budget, this is not a bad movie. A motorcycle gang, led by the scruffy Jeremy Slate, terrorizes a small California town, and in the process rapes several college girls. There's lots of tough talk, motorcycle noise, and violence, as you would expect for a biker film.

Of course, to balance out all the villainous mayhem, you gotta have a hero on the scene. And for the era in which the film was made, there was no better hero than the charismatic loner, half-breed Billy Jack, played with serene gusto by Tom Laughlin. He's a one-man show of moral and physical strength, as he outwits and outfights the biker roughnecks. The film makes the point that bad parenting and ineptness in traditional law enforcement foster an environment conducive to delinquency.

Interestingly, although this is the first Billy Jack film, Laughlin played a similar role ten years earlier, in a movie called "The Delinquents" (1957). His character was Scotty, a good guy teenager who gets mixed up with a bunch of high school hoodlums. Whereas in "The Delinquents" all the villains are kids who drive around in jalopies, in "The Born Losers", the kids have grown into adults who ride motorcycles.

In "The Born Losers" the characters tend to be stereotypes. In a time period that immediately preceded the women's lib movement, the film's female characters are very, very subservient. The film's plot does depend on contrivances to some extent. Dialogue lacks subtext. Production design is ... colorful. And the costumes reek of late 60's garish "hip" (love those pink walls and pink clothes), all perfectly in sync with the Age of Aquarius. Tom Laughlin's direction is excellent. Color cinematography is very good. The outdoor scenery is wonderful, as is the music in the opening title sequence.

I've seen a number of biker films. "The Born Losers" is one of the best. It was highly successful at the box office, and led to later Billy Jack films. It has a cinematic style that is almost iconoclastic; not insignificantly, it preceded "Easy Rider" by a couple of years. Such was the impact of "The Born Losers".


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If that motorist would have just kept his mouth shut.... dnasty68
Worst movie ever j11070
Homosexual Tendencies kr196
The Biker Movie fastal
Other goofs cjbbaugh
Billy Jack / Rambo jblackie47803
Discuss The Born Losers (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?