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The Master Gunfighter (1975)

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


Tom Laughlin (as Frank Laughlin)


Tom Laughlin (as Harold Lapland)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




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 ... Don Santiago
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


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

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


Drama | Western


PG | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Prepare to laugh (Laugh-lin?) yourself to sleep...
7 September 1999 | by dexter-3See all my reviews

A terrible film set against the natural beauty of the California coast (my guess is the creators knew what a dog they had). Mexicans with samurai swords and training? A gun that looks like a six-shooter but holds 12 shots (is this a LeMat)? TOM LAUGHLIN? He should credit himself as "Laugh (as in "funny")-lin". The best scene occurs when Laugh-lin (astride his horse) faces off against a bad dude about to commit rape. As in "Billy Jack," Laugh-lin woodenly tells the dude "I don't want to kill you. I'll just ride away." The dude can't deal with the karma emanating from Billy - oops, I mean Finley, and Billy - sorry, Finley - kills him. The dude doesn't know that when Billy - er, Finley - takes off his hat and rubs his hand on his head and face and speaks in a weary tone, that's it! Yikes!

A better title may be "Billy Jack - Sorry, Finley - Kicks Ass on the Monterey Peninsula." Punctuated by really boring gun and sword battles (other viewers will anxiously wonder - as I did - who's going to win). This should be a "0."

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Release Date:

3 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pistolero See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Sur, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Billy Jack Enterprises See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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