Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

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(as T.C. Frank)

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(screenplay) (as Frank Christina), (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)
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Cast

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Sheriff Cole
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Doctor
Julie Webb ...
Barbara
Debbie Schock ...
Kit
Teresa Kelly ...
Carol
Lynn Baker ...
Sarah
Stan Rice ...
Martin
David Roya ...
John McClure ...
Dinosaur
Susan Foster ...
Cindy
Susan Sosa ...
Sunshine
Katy Moffatt ...
Maria
Gwen Smith ...
Angela
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Storyline

Billy Jack is a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret who is being drawn more and more toward his Indian side. He hates violence, but can't get away from it in the white man's world. Pitting the good guys, the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert vs. the conservative bad guys in the near-by town, the movie plays definitive late-60s themes/messages: anti-establishment, make love not war, the senseless slaughter of God's creatures, the rape of society (figuratively and literally), two-sided justice, racial segregation and prejudices. Written by Nic Cage <2cool@zebra.net>

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2 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Elizabeth James was originally cast as Jean. See more »

Goofs

When Billy Jack performs a spinning back kick against one of the "boys" attacking him in the park, the face shown is clearly not Tom Laughlin's. It's his body double, Hapkido expert Bong Soo Han. See more »

Quotes

Billy Jack: [giggling] I can't believe it. I really can't believe this guy. Can you believe it?
Jean: Not really, no.
Billy Jack: You know what he reminds me of?
Jean: What?
Billy Jack: A little monkey. Posner's little monkey, runnin' around tryin' to get in all the bananas. Get your blouse and get outa' here.
Girl: Will you look?
Billy Jack: [scoffs] Probably. Get your blouse.
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Special Improvised Material by The Cast and The Committee See more »

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Johnnie
Written and Performed by Teresa Kelly
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Good movie with strong messages for its time.
21 July 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Generation Xters will not have a chance at understanding this to the magnitude planned. Keeping things in proper perspective requires consideration of the time frame of this movie. In the real world we were still "in country"/Nam and getting very fed up with the associated atrocities both there and here. The differences between liberals and conservatives were at an all-time-high. This movie definitely leans to the left on many issues but only really to point out how important it is to not lose our humanity. It was really about a man who, disillusioned by what he saw his own country do overseas, came home to find the same thing. The fighting scenes were excellent for their time. The use of a hard style of martial arts was different and very impressive. Tom's execution of moves were both well done and in most cases reasonably realistic (maybe a few too many karate chops). The acting was anywhere between good to just adequate,,, which in some cases gave it a more realistic feel (less hollywoodlike).


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