The Born Losers
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The Born Losers
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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''Out For Kicks And In For Trouble!''
Contrary to one reviewer's information, "Born Losers" was a smash at
the box office the FIRST time it was released in '67. And it's easy to
see why. It's the most entertaining of the "biker movie" genre, because
it has a story and vivid characters. Elizabeth James is Vicky
Barrington, a vacationing college student who comes up against a nasty
motorcycle gang in a California mountain town. Naturally, the gang,
headed by a weathered Jeremy Slate, take off after Vicky (who is on a
motorcycle wearing white boots and a matching bikini) and two of them
eventually catch and rape her. She's not the only victim. Three
incredibly foolish local girls visit the gang's "clubhouse" and meet a
similar fate. But they don't have a champion like Tom Laughlin (in his
first appearance as Billy Jack) who manages to get Vicky out of danger
(at least for a while) and subsequently falls in love with her. "Born
Losers" has a great score by "Wild Angels" composer (and future
Lieutenant Governor of California) Mike Curb, good acting by a large
cast, and a fine cameo appearance by Jane Russell as the trashy mother
of one of the victimized girls. Add some beautiful locations and some
slick motorcycle stunts, and you have a "Born Winner!" Incidentally,
beautiful Ms. James turned up as a police dispatcher in the seventies
cult classic, "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry". She also wrote the screenplay
for "Born Losers" (under the pen name 'E. James Lloyd').
Campy, Outrageous Fun!
This movie is interesting on many levels. Although it contains a few
shocking scenes (if viewed unedited) it still comes across as kind of
When a girl on a motorcycle p***es off a motorcycle gang the fun begins.
First of all, the girl on the cute little scooter type motorcyle looks
she just finished a gig on the "Hullabaloo" TV show complete with her
matching go-go boots and bikini. She is kinda cute except she has a
that looks like they put a bowl on her head and cut around it. (She
have at least wore a "Bob's Big Boy Cascade" to sex it up a bit). She
mouths off to the group of scumbags who all look like rejects from the
Manson Family.One shocking scene for 1967 is the part where two gang members french kiss
(they are both men)! This is to illustrate the free-sex attitude of the
and supposedly (I am guessing here) to show what a bunch of degenerates
these guys are.Jane Russell is over the top here as a drunken, floozy mother of a teenage
trollop who does a strip tease in her trailer park that has to be seen to
believed. The look on her face while stripping is somewhere between
orgasmic and root canal. RENT THIS AND HAVE FUN!
Born Losers a Born Winner
Tom Laughlin's 1967 film The Born Losers is not what it appears to be;
good-guy defeats out-law biker gang and saves young rape victims. On
the contrary, Born Losers is Laughlin's take on the war in Viet-Nam and
the effects it had on "normal" middle-America. The motorcycle gang in the film is a symbol of military forces who
take-over a town (representing Viet-Nam) and go on a brutal spree of
violence and rape. What causes these seemingly normal men to act in
such brutal manners? Are there goods guys and bad guys? No, just people
caught up in a "cruel" world of hopelessness, acting out their most
primal instincts. Laughlin makes sure not to fit his characters into
"good" and "evil", but incorporate a little of both in each person.
Laughlin's character fights fire with fire, and it seems to say that
there are no-rules in war. Controversial to say the least. The movie
bombed at the box-office when first released in 1967. After the amazing
success of Billy Jack, it was re-released and showed a pretty-profit.A strong supporting cast of "B" movie legends-Elizabeth James, Jerome
Slate, Robert Tessier, Jack Starrett along with a "faded" Jane Russell,
make Born Losers one of the more outstanding independent movies of the
1960s.Born Losers is a Born Winner.
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Sixties artifact with the debut of Billy Jack!
While most people are familiar with Tom Laughlin's half Native
Anglo cult figure Billy Jack through THE LEGEND OF BILLY JACK, many don't
know that the character originally appeared in this flick, an off-kilter
biker flick about a group of psycho cyclists who terrorize a small
California town over Spring Break and zero in on a young college co-ed whom
they raped and don't want to testify against them. No, the film isn't as
good(or political)as the two sequels, but it does say something about the
isolation of the individual in a society that won't stand up and protect
that individual from harm. There's a profound sense of solitude in the
cinematography of beaches and seaside highways and the sparse, often
inarticulate dialog. And, looking closely at the motorcycle gang, you can
see some none-too-subtle homosexual overtones. Of course, all the quick
and zoom shots earmark the film as a product of late sixties moviemaking.
Still, if you want to catch a glimpse of Billy Jack's debut or like to
sixties film styles, take a look at this one