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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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Clark Howat ...
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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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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When you need him, he's always there! See more »

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2 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Billy, el defensor  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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The type of hat Billy Jack wears is commonly called an Uncle Joe hat. See more »

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During the beginning credits there is a shot taken from the view of someone ridding a horse. His shadow shows clearly that whoever is riding the horse is also holding the camera. See more »

Quotes

Barbershop customer: Hey Cole, when you gonna do somethin' about those long-haired weirdos - before or after they start burnin' their draft cards?
Barber: Naw, he's waitin' for some of *our* kids start goin' out there and smokin' pot, ain't ya, Cole?
Sheriff Cole: Nope. Soon as I finish my shine I'm goin' outside and shoot three or four of 'em, show 'em who's boss.
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Freedom Over Me
Sung by Gwen Smith
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late 60s fun and social consciousness
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This movie takes me back to 1969 (when it was first started) Also: note the high school football schedule for 1969 on the ice cream shop door with the school name marked out to preserve its anonymity). You really had to live through these days to appreciate the fact that some people really did think and act like the actors in this film.While all hippies were certainly NOT non-violent, this film earnestly tries to present an enlightened message to an adult audience that at that time was not the most socially aware in the world. =)And yes, people really did say things like: "Damn hippies! They oughtta get their hair cut! they're ruining the country!!"

The New Left movement which really became influential around 1972 and years following was the hippie fringe in 69.

This movie is simply a lot of fun. To insist it be more than that is unrealistic. It was independently produced by a guy (Laughlin) who believed in his message, wrote it and called all the shots himself. Its really not bad taken in that context. The little blonde girl singing the anti-war song is Tom and Delores' real life daughter Theresa. The comedy troupes used to appear on shows like the Smothers Brothers and were considered "way out". =) (amazing how cynical we've become isn't it??) While most of America in those days was more like the townspeople than the school people, it is still very very entertaining to see those days played out again.


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