Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

The Master Gunfighter Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

After the success of his three Billy Jack films, actor, director, and screenwriter Tom Laughlin decided to expand his range a bit with this Western, which was adapted from Tom Laughlin, 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 (Richard Angarola) 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 (Tom Laughlin), 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 Ron O'Neal and Barbara Carrera, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her work in this film. As with his first two films, Tom Laughlin directed The Master Gunfighter but didn't take screen credit, in this case listing the director as Frank Laughlin, who happened to be Tom's son. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
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
Advertisement