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


(as T.C. Frank)


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

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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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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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The Hapkido fights were choreographed by Hapkido Master Bong Soo Han. He was also Tom Laughlin's body double in the fight scenes. See more »


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


Billy Jack: It's funny, isn't it? Only the white man wants everything put in writing, and only then so he can use it against you in court. You know, among the Indians a promise is good enough. As far as I can tell, Washington entered into 3,500 treaties with the Indians to date, and they've broken about 3,499 of 'em.
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The Ring Song
Written and Sung by Katy Moffatt
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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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