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

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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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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 »

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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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Trivia

The unusual kick that Billy Jack uses in the fight in the park is known in Hapkido as an "Outside Crescent Kick", a technique in which the leg is raised and swung outward striking with the outside edge of the foot. The kick was executed by legendary Hapkido Master Bong Soo Han. See more »

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The quote read at the town meeting and attributed to Adolf Hitler is not by him at all. It was originally published in a minor Communist magazine. n the1960s, the quote was used by the radical media to advance the anti-war cause and was also quoted by public figures (e.g. Senator Edmund Muskie and Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas) who sympathized with the movement. 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?
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One of the best
2 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A movie I think almost everyone should see. Billy Jack epitomizes the senselessness of blind hatred and bigotry, and, it was one of the best "B" movies ever made. I myself, went to a type of "freedom school" when I was a kid, and the song, "One Tin Soldier" almost became our school anthem. I love this movie and always will, but a word of warning, the younger generation wont find any "star-wars" special effect's, it was produced on a rather small budget, and anyone can find a filming flaw, in any movie, but if you take it at face value, and just enjoy the "John Wayne cleaning up the town(only moved into the 1970's instead of the 1870's)" and the message it convey's. then I think you will like this film.


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