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The Born Losers (1967)

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

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Tom Laughlin (as T.C. Frank)

Writer:

Elizabeth James (as James Lloyd)
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Cast

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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacidos para perder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$360,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,535,973
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where sheriff, DA, et al. are sitting in the living room (not too far from the end of the film), the telescope in the background changes angle over and over. See more »

Quotes

Child: Hey. You don't have a watch on. How you gonna know when fifteen minutes are up?
Billy Jack: Well you better hope that I'm a good guesser, huh?
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Connections

Followed by The Trial of Billy Jack (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Born Losers Theme
Written and Produced by Mike Curb, Co-produced by Al Simms
Performed by Davie Allan And The Arrows (as The Sidewalk Sounds)
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Classic Hero
3 August 2004 | by ega52See all my reviews

Loner Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin), just returned from Viet Nam, pits himself against a vicious motorcycle gang who are terrorizing a California town, protecting a rape victim and standing alone when even the police are reluctant to act.

This is one of the best of its kind. Made on a shoestring budget the tight storyline allows for few frills but plenty of classic hero and villain tension. In-your-face violence for its time, only a little martial-arts action (compared to the later BJ films) but all the ingredients are on hand for a character who is destined to become an American screen icon.

The nattering nabobs can kavetch about bad acting until their faces turn blue---Billy Jack is what he is, and Laughlin plays him to perfection. Particular credit goes to veteran actor Jeremy Slate as the complicated, arrogant gang leader, and again to Laughlin, for writing the part. Laughlin's villains have an element of sympathy. They may be monsters, but they have reasons for the way they behave and this makes them more human.

Look for an early walk-on by Laughlin's wife and later screen partner Delores Taylor (also his executive producer and co-writer)and their son and daughter (she would have a substantial role in following BJ flicks).

Also on hand is one of our favorite heavies, Robert Tessier as CueBall, sporting thick dark hair before he adopted his well-known shaved-head look. Tessier, a military vet and stunt man, was also the stunt adviser for the film.

Classic hero defending his girl against despicable bad guys makes for ONE TERRIFIC MOVIE. If you like this one check out BILLY JACK and DEFIANCE (Jan-Michael Vincent).


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