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The Master Gunfighter


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Editorial Reviews

it's northern California in 1836 funfighters and Spanish dons rule the island. but the us government is squeezing the dons with taxes to steal the land

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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Laughlin
  • Format: Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Billy Jack Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8FK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Master Gunfighter" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

I have No Bad Words to Say.
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The theme music is very good and quite fitting to the story.
citan-uzuki
A very underatted western!!!,a rare gem!!!
Jason P. Pumphrey

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Pumphrey VINE VOICE on September 3, 2006
Format: DVD
Yes it's a western,not a Billy Jack film okay!!! having said that,I enjoyed this film very much!,it has a very cool cast which includes Tom "Billy Jack" Laughlin,Ron "Superfly" O'Neal,Barbara Carrera,Victor Campos,Hector Elias,Lincoln Kilpatrick,Geoann Sosa and more!!! And it's directed by Tom's son Frank Laughlin!!! Music by the great Lalo Schifrin!!! And beautiful camera work by the underatted Jack A. Marta!!! The film is presented in it's original widescreen format and it's enhanced for 16:9 TV's!!! Great extras include a commmentary track by the Laughlin family and cast and crew interviews from 2002,as well as a photo gallery and even a trivia quiz!!! A very underatted western!!!,a rare gem!!! Two thunbs up!!! Five stars!!! A+
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Real on August 28, 2002
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If you're looking for a sophisticated, well written and well acted western, look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a unique western that will provide you with silly entertainment, get this movie. The movie can simply be described as a "Billy Jack" movie set in the old west and Billy Jack is armed with a samurai sword and a special revolver (and he, of course, knows how to use them both). If you're a fan of the "Billy Jack" movies or you're just looking to expand your 1970's cultural awareness, you'll enjoy this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne R. Pruett on April 24, 2009
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This movie is for true Tom Laughlin fans. It is not the typical kick butt and take names type of movie that Tom is known for. It has a pretty good story of old California and it shows the struggles that certain families had to go through to survive.
Tom also shows his talents as a pretty good swordsman and the way he uses a six gun. There is not a lot of action in this movie, but what there is, makes it even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By citan-uzuki VINE VOICE on December 6, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a story of how it was, and how it might have been in California nearly two hundred years ago. Therefore, you have to be willing to buy into the story. This reminds me of another movie that I reviewed recently, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Just like that movie, you have to be open to the plot and be willing to be won over. Now, admittedly a Katana-wielding gunfighter is much, much easier to buy into than Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter. This movie is not necessarily historically accurate. As the narrator (Burgess Meredith) immediately stated at the prologue, "this is a story of how it was, and how it might have been".

Much of California land was under the ownership of Spanish lords, or Dons. The Spanish Dons backed the losing side in the Mexican-American War. Within the story of this movie, the American government imposed heavy taxes on the few remaining Dons and additionally promoted the interests of the American Cattleman Association against those of the Spanish. Basically, the government wants to take the land away from the Spanish and make it available to the American cattlemen. In order to pay the exorbitant taxes, the leader of the Dons stole gold from a Native American fishing village. To complicate the story, this gold originally came from an American ship that sank off the coast of the fishing village. The Native Americans had salvaged the gold, and was planning to use that gold to "buy" their freedom from the church. So they send a large delegation of men and women from the tribe, along with the gold, to bargain for their freedom from the church. On the way to the church, a heavily-armed group of masked men ambushed the Native American delegation. Obviously, this gold is "hot". Meaning, the Americans are looking for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Haney on November 20, 2013
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Finley (Tom Laughlin) races to stop Paulo (Ron O'Neil) leader of the Santiago haciendas, from stealing a shipment of gold from the U.S. government and slaughtering an innocent village of indians in the process. Paulo will do everything he can to keep Finley from returning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ravi Shah on May 31, 2013
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Very well done as far as creating a certain nostalgia as far as what might have been on the West coast during the old west. Terrific gun battles and sword play, sometimes difficult to classify this movie as far as where it belongs. Cowboy or Martial Arts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trinity on January 30, 2011
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I saw this years ago and really liked it. I'll admit maybe I was biased because I was already a fan of the Billy Jack movies. I was tickled to find it and add it to my collection. The interviews in the extras were nice and actually added to the experience for me. Unless there's bloopers, the extras don't usually do much for me but these did.

I had to get it and am glad I did. For some it will seem corny and not realistic but for me it was one of those movies where the purpose was to entertain me and because I was willing to accept what was presented and go with the flow, I enjoyed it for being something different and unique when it was made. For me it's like a Tom Laughlin version of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western which I also love.

I also appreciate the way Tom always includes as best he is able, a reminder of the indigenous people of this continent and touch on the reality of their experience with those who came to conquer and rule.

The Gunfighter's love in this movie is also a treat as is the interview with her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert rombaoa on January 2, 2014
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awsome combonation of japanese and american cultures of that 70s era i would recomend it to anyone who likes that type of films
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