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The Born Losers (1967)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  12 July 1967 (USA)
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Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Elizabeth James ...
Vicky Barrington
Jeremy Slate ...
Daniel 'Danny' Carmody
William Wellman Jr. ...
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Deputy Fred
Paul Bruce ...
District Attorney George Davis
Robert Cleaves ...
Mr. Crawford
Paul Prokop ...
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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
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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>

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An innocent girl is first prize in the dirtiest game ever played! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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12 July 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacidos para perder  »

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Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)

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$36,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Tom Laughlin used the pseudonym T.C. Frank for his director's credit. The name stands for his three children, Frank, Teresa, and Christina See more »

Goofs

When Vicki tries to escape after the biker shuts off the fuel valve, her motorcycle slows to a halt after the carburetors run empty. The sound of the motor slowing down to a stop is that of a 4 cycle engine. This bike had a 2 cycle motor, as did all Yamaha bikes in the '60s. See more »

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''Out For Kicks And In For Trouble!''
2 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to one reviewer's information, "Born Losers" was a smash at the box office the FIRST time it was released in '67. And it's easy to see why. It's the most entertaining of the "biker movie" genre, because it has a story and vivid characters. Elizabeth James is Vicky Barrington, a vacationing college student who comes up against a nasty motorcycle gang in a California mountain town. Naturally, the gang, headed by a weathered Jeremy Slate, take off after Vicky (who is on a motorcycle wearing white boots and a matching bikini) and two of them eventually catch and rape her. She's not the only victim. Three incredibly foolish local girls visit the gang's "clubhouse" and meet a similar fate. But they don't have a champion like Tom Laughlin (in his first appearance as Billy Jack) who manages to get Vicky out of danger (at least for a while) and subsequently falls in love with her. "Born Losers" has a great score by "Wild Angels" composer (and future Lieutenant Governor of California) Mike Curb, good acting by a large cast, and a fine cameo appearance by Jane Russell as the trashy mother of one of the victimized girls. Add some beautiful locations and some slick motorcycle stunts, and you have a "Born Winner!" Incidentally, beautiful Ms. James turned up as a police dispatcher in the seventies cult classic, "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry". She also wrote the screenplay for "Born Losers" (under the pen name 'E. James Lloyd').


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