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The Master Gunfighter (1975)

An outnumbered swordsman/gunfighter tries to prevent wealthy landowners from annihilating local Indians.

Director:

Tom Laughlin (as Frank Laughlin)

Writer:

Tom Laughlin (as Harold Lapland)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Laughlin ... Finley
Ron O'Neal ... Paulo
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Jacques
Geo Anne Sosa Geo Anne Sosa ... Chorika
Barbara Carrera ... Eula
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Maltese
Hector Elias ... Juan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Andronica James Andronica ... Abel
Richard Angarola Richard Angarola ... Don Santiago
David S. Cass Sr. David S. Cass Sr. ... McDonald
Patti Clifton Patti Clifton
Doug Jinks Doug Jinks ... Cowboy ruffian
Mike Lane ... Frewen
Burgess Meredith ... Narrator (voice)
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno
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Storyline

An outnumbered swordsman/gunfighter tries to prevent wealthy landowners from annihilating local Indians.

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Taglines:

He Fought Like an Army, and Lived Like a Legend.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pistolero See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Billy Jack Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film begins with the words "Billy Jack Rights Presents" appearing on the screen. This relates to Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor's production company, Billy Jack Enterprises. After the prologue narration, it is followed two minutes later by "Billy Jack Enterprises Presents", which starts the opening credits. Neither means this film is in the "Billy Jack" series of movies. See more »

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Remake of Goyôkin (1969) See more »

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A nice film in spite of some silliness
17 January 2002 | by billposerSee all my reviews

This film is set in southern California in the period shortly after California became part of the US. American settlers and the US government discriminated against the Mexican landowners and frequently took their land by force or legal skullduggery. This film focuses on wealthy Latino ranchers whose land and wealth are at risk. They decide to misdirect a US government ship carrying gold so that it will be wrecked and they can take the gold. To prevent themselves from being caught, they plan to massacre the local Chumash Indians. The hero is the now estranged adoptive son, a master swordsman (trained in Japan!) and gunfighter, who tries to prevent this while still saving his family. The plot reflects the sad history of double colonialism in California, the scenery is gorgeous (as is love-interest Barbara Carrera), and the action exciting.


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