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Billy Jack (1971)

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)

Writers:

(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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You've got due process, Mother's Day, supermarkets, the FBI, Medicare, air conditioning, AT&T, country clubs, Congress, a 2-car garage, state troopers, the Constitution, color television and democracy. They've got BILLY JACK See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Contract disputes between Tom Laughlin and various producers caused the film to change hands between three different film studios, and delaying its release for three years. In 1973, Laughlin filed a $51 million lawsuit against Warner studios for "improperly publicizing" the film. See more »

Goofs

The quote read at the town meeting and attributed to Adolf Hitler was originally published in a minor Communist magazine. In the 1960s, the quote was used by the radical media to advance the anti-war cause. It was also quoted by public figures who sympathized with the movement, including Senator Edmund Muskie and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Cole: Hey Mike.
Deputy: Yeah?
Sheriff Cole: How much are the dog food companies paying for mustang meat now?
Deputy: Six cents a pound. Why?
Sheriff Cole: Oh nothin'. I was just wondering if Barbara would think it was worth it.
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Crazy Credits

Special Improvised Material by The Cast and The Committee See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

When Will Billy Love Me
Written and Sung by Lynn Baker
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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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