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The Born Losers (1967)

Rating:PG
Genre:Action/Adventure, Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Release Date:January 1, 1967
Running time:113 minutes
Cast:Tom Laughlin, Elizabeth James, Jeremy Slate, William Wellman Jr., Jack Starrett
Director:Tom Laughlin
Writer:Elizabeth James

Description: One of the first recognizable vigilante films in American cinema, The Born Losers tells the story of Billy Jack (writer-director Tom Laughlin), a half-breed ex-Green Beret and Vietnam veteran who makes it his business to rescue a cute mod girl from a crew of vicious bikers. Much to his chagrin, however, he finds his lethal training gets him in as much trouble with the racist cops as with the bikers, and he soon becomes embroiled in a violent struggle against all parties involved. There is blood-letting and bone-breaking to burn in The Born Losers, not to mention lots of preaching on the part of Laughlin. However, it still tops the more famous sequel, Billy Jack, and it qualifies writer-director-star Laughlin for the status of true auteur.~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide

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