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The Born Losers (1967)

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

Director:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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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

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 »

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

Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Vicki's 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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''Out For Kicks And In For Trouble!''
2 August 2005 | by phillindholmSee 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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