This movie, something of a prequel to Billy Jack, starts off looking like a typical cheap biker film of the era, but somehow despite the poor performances and non-existent plot, manages to entertain on some levels. Billy Jack, the Native American protagonist, defends an ungrateful small town from local biker hoodlums. Since Billy is the closest thing resembling a sympathetic character in the film, other than a girl victimized by the bikers, the viewer accepts his tough-guy approach to dealing with the biker gang. All the confrontations lead to a somewhat tense climax at a gang pad, where Billy finally manifests his final violent justice. This movie tries to portray Billy as a lone hope hero in a world gone wrong where few intervene on behalf of their fellow human being, and it comes off as being ridiculous in some ways, however despite that fact and Tom Loughlin's lacklustre performance as Billy, the character still exudes the quiet confidence of a western or kung-fu hero. By virtue of this, the film is watchable.
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The Born Losers (1967)
The Born Losers is a movie starring Tom Laughlin, Elizabeth James, and Jeremy Slate. Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town.
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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.
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Amateurish, yet watchableReviewed byElbowVote: 7/10
For some reason, I remember this as being the target of jokes and sneers when it was new.
Making sure to avoid prejudice, wanting to see it myself and know for sure, I recorded it when it premiered on Turner Classic Movies so I could watch in the right mood.
What a pleasant surprise it turned out to be.
To the best of my weakening memory, I don't believe I've ever seen Tom Laughlin and now I wonder why.
First, he was a really good-looking guy, and he was a very pleasant personality on screen. He should have become a major player.
Elizabeth James might not have been the best actress around in the '60s and '70s, but my gosh was she a looker. She had a fit, athletic presence, and just glowed on the screen, and she should also have been a major player.
And why isn't there more information about her? She seems a fascinating person.
Not such a surprise, but really deserving prominent mention, was Jane Russell's performance.
She has not been treated with the respect I think she deserves, having not completely recovered from the "wouldn't you like to tussle with Russell?" PR nonsense from her first movie, "The Outlaw." But she was, frankly, great in this small part. Actually, she had been turning in great performances for a long time, and she has been great because she made the effort to become an actress, and not just coast on her looks.
Jeremy Slate was so good in his villainous role, his character was almost admirable, almost likable. The man is a standout in any movie he is in. He's been gone a little more than two years now, and he left a void.
Let's be honest: The script could have used a good editor. There were some hokey moments that could have been fixed with just a little effort before production.
But all in all, this is a good movie, within the context of what it tried to do and be.
Now I look forward to seeing the other "Billy Jack" movies.
While the acting and plot were weak, this movie is worth watching, if only to educate or remind us of the tumultuous 60s... with the ending of the Vietnam War, Hells Angels, drugs-sex-and-rock-n-roll... in a society where returning Vietnam Vets were considered renegades and loose cannons or just plain crazy... in a society where we screamed peace, while resorting to violence... in a society where women's lib was just beginning to surface in the American Consciousness, with the burning of the bras... in a society where the youth of our country cried out against the "establishment", and we "did our own thing"... where altruism flourished along with the rise in cults, crusading preachers, and activism... in a time when man first walked on the moon... when we, as a society believed... nothing at all could stop us. In all, the movie depicted well the general atmosphere of beliefs and attitudes of the times, that, while they might seem moronic to us in today's world, perhaps, 30 years in the future, our attitudes and beliefs will seem moronic to the generations to follow.