The Master Gunfighter

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Western

After playing a violence-prone peace lover in BILLY JACK; THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK; and BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON, Laughlin decided to try something new and daring. Taking the plot from an old Japanese samurai picture (GOYOKIN [1966]), Laughlin had it reworked into a plot dealing with--surprise--a violence-prone, Old West peace lover. This poorly plotted...read more

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After playing a violence-prone peace lover in BILLY JACK; THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK; and BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON, Laughlin decided to try something new and daring. Taking the plot from an old Japanese samurai picture (GOYOKIN [1966]), Laughlin had it reworked into a plot dealing

with--surprise--a violence-prone, Old West peace lover. This poorly plotted and extremely violent piece (considering its PG rating) finds Laughlin a moralist cowboy in 1836. He spends most of the picture spouting liberal social rhetoric before proving his point by bashing heads. Angarola is

Laughlin's father-in-law, a stereotypical bad guy. He's behind some Indian massacres and land grabbing that doesn't make his son-in-law too happy. The film is a rambling mess, but what can you expect when the director credited (Frank Laughlin) is the star's nine-year-old son? Laughlin sank $3.5

million of his BILLY JACK kitty into this ego-fest, and the results were promptly and rightfully derided by critics. Angered, Laughlin spent an additional $3.75 million on ads stating critics were "frustrated writers who failed to make it in show business."

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: After playing a violence-prone peace lover in BILLY JACK; THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK; and BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON, Laughlin decided to try something new and daring. Taking the plot from an old Japanese samurai picture (GOYOKIN [1966]), Laughlin had it r… (more)

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