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12 July 1967 (USA) See more »
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CORNERED! A HOT SUMMER NIGHT...A PACK OF STRAY 'CHOPPER JOCKEYS'... See more »
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Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Iconoclastic And Colorful See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack
Elizabeth James ... Vicky Barrington
Jeremy Slate ... Daniel 'Danny' Carmody
William Wellman Jr. ... Child

Jack Starrett ... Deputy Fred
Paul Bruce ... District Attorney George Davis
Robert Cleaves ... Mr. Crawford
Paul Prokop ... Speechless

Robert Tessier ... 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
Julie Cahn ... LuAnn Crawford (as Julie Cohn)

Jane Russell ... Mrs. Shorn
Ruth Warshawsky
Bill Carey
Paul Napier
Art Eisner
Michael Ivey
Edwin Cook ... Crabs
Timothy Hall
Robert Coutu
Susan Baumann
Susan Winfield
Robin Corum
Tom Middleton
Wayne Cappasso
James Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Apollo ... Dr. (uncredited)

Ron Holmstrom ... Surfer Kid on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Mr. Carmody (uncredited)

Randee Lynne Jensen ... Extra (uncredited)
Teresa Kelly ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Mike LeSage ... Pedistrian (uncredited)

Delores Taylor ... Pedestrian with Children / Opening Off Screen Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Laughlin  (as T.C. Frank)
 
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Elizabeth James  (as E. James Lloyd)

Produced by
Tom Laughlin .... producer (as Donald Henderson)
Jay Loughrin .... associate producer
Delores Taylor .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Curb 
Davie Allan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gregory Sandor 
 
Film Editing by
John Winfield 
 
Production Design by
Richard Beck-Meyer 
 
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Louis Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
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Paul Lewis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Hayes .... assistant director
 
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Mike Ezzes .... property master
 
Sound Department
Le Roy Robbins .... sound
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
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Gary Kent .... special effects: AIP
 
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Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Tessier .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Bill Pecchi .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katharine Free .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Mike Curb .... conductor
Al Simms .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Barbara Bouvet .... production assistant
Alan Chase .... production coordinator
T.J. Healy II .... production assistant
Joyce King .... script supervisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
 
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Tom Laughlin used the pseudonym T.C. Frank for his director's credit. The name stands for his three children, Frank, Teresa, and ChristinaSee more »
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Continuity: At the beginning of the scene at the Shorns' house, the LP record Jodell is looking at while talking to her mother changes from David Rose's 'The Stripper' into 'Music to Strip By' and then back again. These were both actual stripper-themed LPs released in the 1960s (perhaps suggesting Mrs. Shorn's previous occupation?)See more »
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References Red River (1948)See more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Iconoclastic And Colorful, 7 September 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

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".

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