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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

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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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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bikers' lair location was actually a property once owned by Rudolph Valentino. See more »

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Billy Jack shoots Danny in the head with an M1 Garand from a distance of no more than 10 feet. Even assuming that the rifle was loaded with full metal jacket military-style rounds instead of game loads, the damage to the rear of Danny skull would have be immense and far bloodier than the scene reveals.

The .30 '06 is one of the most potent rounds invented and it will cause a great deal of damage when it strikes flesh or bone. The shot at that range should exited the rear of the skull, destroying much of the back of his head. See more »

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Daniel 'Danny' Carmody: I'm gonna cut your bowels out.
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Born Losers a Born Winner
9 January 2005 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

Tom Laughlin's 1967 film The Born Losers is not what it appears to be; good-guy defeats out-law biker gang and saves young rape victims. On the contrary, Born Losers is Laughlin's take on the war in Viet-Nam and the effects it had on "normal" middle-America.

The motorcycle gang in the film is a symbol of military forces who take-over a town (representing Viet-Nam) and go on a brutal spree of violence and rape. What causes these seemingly normal men to act in such brutal manners? Are there goods guys and bad guys? No, just people caught up in a "cruel" world of hopelessness, acting out their most primal instincts. Laughlin makes sure not to fit his characters into "good" and "evil", but incorporate a little of both in each person. Laughlin's character fights fire with fire, and it seems to say that there are no-rules in war. Controversial to say the least. The movie bombed at the box-office when first released in 1967. After the amazing success of Billy Jack, it was re-released and showed a pretty-profit.

A strong supporting cast of "B" movie legends-Elizabeth James, Jerome Slate, Robert Tessier, Jack Starrett along with a "faded" Jane Russell, make Born Losers one of the more outstanding independent movies of the 1960s.

Born Losers is a Born Winner.


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