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Release Date:
12 July 1967 (USA) See more »
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CORNERED! A HOT SUMMER NIGHT...A PACK OF STRAY 'CHOPPER JOCKEYS'... See more »
Plot:
Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Probably has the most interesting characterization of Billy Jack See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack
Elizabeth James ... Vicky Barrington

Jeremy Slate ... Daniel 'Danny' Carmody
William Wellman Jr. ... Child

Jack Starrett ... Deputy Fred
Paul Bruce ... District Attorney George Davis
Robert Cleaves ... Mr. Crawford
Paul Prokop ... Speechless

Robert Tessier ... Cueball (as Robert W. Tessier)

Jeff Cooper ... Gangrene
Stuart Lancaster ... Sheriff Harvey (as Stewart Lancaster)
Anne Bellamy ... Mrs. Prang
Gordon Hoban ... Jerry Carmody
Susan Foster ... Linda Prang
Janice Miller ... Jodell Shorn
Julie Cahn ... LuAnn Crawford (as Julie Cohn)

Jane Russell ... Mrs. Shorn
Ruth Warshawsky ... Nurse
Bill Carey
Paul Napier
Art Eisner
Michael Ivey
Edwin Cook ... Crabs
Timothy Hall
Robert Coutu
Susan Baumann
Susan Winfield
Robin Corum
Tom Middleton
Wayne Cappasso
James Smith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Apollo ... Dr. (uncredited)

Ron Holmstrom ... Surfer Kid on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Mr. Carmody (uncredited)

Randee Lynne Jensen ... Extra (uncredited)
Teresa Kelly ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Mike LeSage ... Pedistrian (uncredited)

Delores Taylor ... Pedestrian with Children / Opening Off Screen Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Laughlin  (as T.C. Frank)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elizabeth James  (as James Lloyd)

Produced by
Tom Laughlin .... producer (as Donald Henderson)
Jay Loughrin .... associate producer
Delores Taylor .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Curb 
Davie Allan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gregory Sandor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Winfield 
 
Production Design by
Richard Beck-Meyer 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Paul Lewis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Hayes .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mike Ezzes .... property master
 
Sound Department
Le Roy Robbins .... sound
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gary Kent .... special effects: AIP (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Tex Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Robles .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Tessier .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Pecchi .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katharine Free .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Mike Curb .... conductor
Al Simms .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Barbara Bouyet .... production assistant
Alan Chase .... production coordinator
Joyce King .... script supervisor
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
T.J. Healy II .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Nacidos para perder" - Colombia (imdb display title), Mexico (imdb display title)
"Рожденные неприкаянными" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Biker kennen keine Gnade" - Germany (DVD box title)
"Born Losers - pedal-ridderne" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Engel der Hölle" - West Germany
"Gennimenoi katharmata" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Halálfejesek" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Le crédo de la violence" - France
"Nascidos para Perder" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Oi tyhodioktes" - Greece (video title)
"Stracency" - Poland
"Violence" - Italy
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Runtime:
113 min
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Certification:
Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:R (re-rating) (1974) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | New Zealand:(Banned) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
To save money, a stunt scene of a motorbike crashing into a pond was lifted directly from The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Vicki is getting out of the ocean and her jacket blows off her bike, it lands a few feet from the dead seal. In the very next shot, it's just inches from the seal.See more »
Quotes:
Child:You're not wearing a watch. How will you know how long it will be?
Billy Jack:You better hope I'm a good guesser!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Major Payne (1995)See more »
Soundtrack:
Forgive MeSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Probably has the most interesting characterization of Billy Jack, 11 November 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

While it's no "Easy Rider", "The Born Losers" is one of the most entertaining biker films of the decade, right up there with "The Wild Angels". Its also notable as being the first screen appearance of Billy Jack, a halfbreed who's trained in judo and carries a pacifist viewpoint. Fortunatly, he isn't opposed to kicking some butt when necessary. In my mind, this is more enjoyable than the later, more successful "Billy Jack". One of the things I enjoyed about this entry is that for once Laughlin didn't over do the preachy (not to mention hypocritical) non-violence message.

Its a mixture between amusing camp and some actual quality. The screenplay isn't fantastic, but it has a story to tell and tells it well. Also, despite the large (at least for a drive-in movie) running time of nearly two hours, it remains quickly paced and interesting throughout. Tom Laughlin was always a charismatic and cool guy, but this movie probably has the most interesting characterization of Billy Jack. It isn't nearly as polished as the later films in the series, but is the best directed. The film's camp appeal comes from a brief appearance by Jane Russel. Normally a fine actress, she seems to be just interested in picking up a paycheck here. As a mother of one of the rape victims, she is over-the-top and chews the scenery. Every time she is on camera, you'll be in stitches. Definitely a scene stealer. Any fan of the AIP biker films of the time should check this out. (7/10)

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