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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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Doctor
Julie Webb ...
Barbara
Debbie Schock ...
Kit
Teresa Kelly ...
Carol
Lynn Baker ...
Sarah
Stan Rice ...
David Roya ...
John McClure ...
Dinosaur
Susan Foster ...
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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$98,000,000
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The type of hat Billy Jack wears is commonly called an Uncle Joe hat. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mr. Posner: Why did you read it?
Councilman: Were you taught this in school?
Drama Teacher: [shouts from audience] Because her brain has been damaged by the heathen devil weed, marijuana!
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Soundtracks

Mary and the Jesus Babe
Sung by Robbyn Etelson
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Time has not been kind to this movie.
8 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I recall seeing this movie at the theater. At the time I was a teenager ripe for the anti-establishment theme (and thrilled with the "cool " violence in the movie). I thought it was the greatest movie ever made. On re-viewing it recently, I couldn't believe how stupid I was. This movie is so bad it is laughable. You can almost feel the characters straining to get their point across. The plot is simplistic and the acting is. Of course, things have changed in nearly 30 years. My taste in movies is one of them.


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