Billy Jack (1971)

GP  |   |  Action, Drama  |  2 August 1971 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Howat ...
Sheriff Cole
Julie Webb ...
Debbie Schock ...
Teresa Kelly ...
Lynn Baker ...
Stan Rice ...
David Roya ...
John McClure ...
Susan Foster ...
Susan Sosa ...
Katy Moffatt ...
Gwen Smith ...


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 <>

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Just a person who protects children and other living things. See more »


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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


Tom Laughlin had no martial arts training before he started training for the movie. He studied under a master teacher for six months prior to the beginning of filming of the movie. See more »


Martin credits the Serenity Prayer to St. Francis of Assisi. It was however written by Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian and first published in the 1930s. See more »


Bernard: Hey hold a minute! Hold a minute! Come on, you guys! There's no need for all this violence! I mean, it's a simple problem, really! Harry, look, I know you worked hard to own your own store, and you feel you should have a right to serve whoever you want to. Right?
Harry: Right.
Bernard: OK! Well if little Miss Up Yours here feels that - if she wants you to serve her nonwhite friends, well you damned well better serve her nonwhite friends. That doesn't sound like an *insurmountable* problem. Hey hey Dinosaur, ...
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Special Improvised Material by The Cast and The Committee See more »


Freedom Over Me
Sung by Gwen Smith
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Opening Champ
26 December 2004 | by (Waikiki, Hawai'i, United States) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt the BEST opening sequence in movie history (with the possible exception of Barbed Wire; spectacularly beautiful, tremendous aerial shots, and subject matter...whew! And from a non-Hollywood operation, no less!!! Hurrah! The horses seem almost moving on script. And the pure rawness and glory of nature is at its most striking. And, lastly, and far from least, the incredible song by Coven (who says one-hit wonders leave little legacy). The song perfectly frames the powerful/powerless relationship that is central to the movie, and the simple truth that spiritual power will always, ultimately, trump the material. A raw film it is, and that is its glory.

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