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The Master Gunfighter Details

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After the success of his three Billy Jack films, actor, director, and screenwriter [[Performer~P40760~Tom Laughlin~tomlaughlin]] decided to expand his range a bit with this Western, which was adapted from [[Feature~V93648~Goyokin~goyokin]], a popular Japanese samurai film. However, since Finley (Laughlin's character here) is trained in martial arts and often defends himself (and others) by violence, while frequently espousing a nonviolent philosophy, it could be said that this wasn't much of a stretch for the once and future Billy Jack. Don Santiago ([[Performer~P1766~Richard Angarola~richardangarola]]) is a vicious man who helps provoke an Indian massacre that will allow him to steal the Indians' land and claim it as his own. However, his son-in-law, Finley ([[Performer~P40760~Tom Laughlin~tomlaughlin]]), is an expert hand with both guns and swords and will not allow him to push around the peace-loving Indians or fellow settlers of the West. The supporting cast features [[Performer~P104874~Ron O'Neal~rononeal]] and [[Performer~P11249~Barbara Carrera~barbaracarrera]], who received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in this film. As with his first two films, [[Performer~P40760~Tom Laughlin~tomlaughlin]] directed The Master Gunfighter but didn't take screen credit, in this case listing the director as [[Performer~P98858~Frank Laughlin~franklaughlin]], who happened to be Tom's son. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

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Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barbara Carrera New Star of the Year - Female 1975 Nominee

Crew

Frank Laughlin
Director
Tom Laughlin
Director
Jack A. Marta
Cinematographer
Lalo Schifrin
Composer (Music Score)
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Delores Taylor
Executive Producer
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Wallin
Sound/Sound Designer
Skip Cosper
First Assistant Director
Henry Wills
Stunts
Jesse Wayne
Stunts
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
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