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Director:
Writers:
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) and
Delores Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Just a person who protects children and other living things. See more »
Plot:
Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Not so ridiculous See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack

Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts
Clark Howat ... Sheriff Cole

Victor Izay ... Doctor
Julie Webb ... Barbara
Debbie Schock ... Kit
Teresa Kelly ... Carol
Lynn Baker ... Sarah
Stan Rice ... Martin
David Roya ... Bernard Posner
John McClure ... Dinosaur
Susan Foster ... Cindy
Susan Sosa ... Sunshine
Katy Moffatt ... Maria
Gwen Smith ... Angela
Richard Stahl ... Council Chairman
Alan Myerson ... O.K. Corrales (as Allan Meyerson)
Ed Greenberg ... Drama Teacher

Howard Hesseman ... Drama Teacher (as Don Sturdy)
Beans Morocco ... Student (as Dan Barrows)
Herb Kohl ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Co-Director
Phillip Crowder ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Robert Wilson ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
David Conley ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Meg Partridge ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Jenny Bellah ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
James French ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Becky Voight ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Laurie Mayeno ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Mark Baum ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Alva Thompson ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Johnny Otis ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Melissa Stocking ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Nora Bendich ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Sira Aarons ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Lenny Pickett ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Phillip Salvarry ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student

Bert Freed ... Mr. Stuart Posner

Kenneth Tobey ... Deputy Mike (as Ken Tobey)
Paul Bruce ... Councilman

Cisse Cameron ... Miss False Eyelashes (as Cissie Colpitts)

Jessica Myerson (as Jessica Meyerson)

Directed by
Tom Laughlin  (as T.C. Frank)
 
Writing credits
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) (as Frank Christina) and
Delores Taylor (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)

Produced by
Earl D. Elliott .... associate producer
Edward Haldeman .... associate producer (as Ed Haldeman)
Tom Laughlin .... producer (as Mary Rose Solti)
 
Original Music by
Mundell Lowe 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography) (as Fred Koenekamp)
John M. Stephens (director of photography) (as John Stephens)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Heath 
Marion Rothman 
 
Production Management
Wesley J. McAfee .... production manager (as Wes McAfee)
Linda Morrow .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director (as Mike Dmytryk)
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Bong Soo Han .... stunt double: Tom Laughlin
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Calvin Maehl .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Smith .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Larry Merrill .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Mundell Lowe .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Billy Kaundart .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Holly Dyer .... production assistant
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor
Bong Soo Han .... fight choreographer
Bong Soo Han .... hapkido karate (as Bon Soo Han of Korea)
Don Prince .... publicist
Rolling Thunder .... indian snake ceremony (as Rolling Thunder of Shoshone Nation)
Andy Vidovich .... wovoka friendship dance (as Andy Vidovich of Paiute Nation)
Clyde Houston .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Leon Roth .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | South Africa:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:GP | West Germany:16
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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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Billy Jack kicks Posner and Posner's hat lands flat. In the next shot the hat is on its side.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Cole:Jean, they wanna know where Billy is.
Jean:Who ever knows where Billy is?
Sheriff Cole:Well, you must have some way of getting in touch with him when you need him for emergencies.
Jean:Whenever we want Billy, we just contact him Indian style.
Sheriff Cole:What does that mean?
Jean:We just want him and somehow he shows up!
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Soundtrack:
Look, Look to the MountainSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Billy Jack' based on a book?
What is a 'tin soldier'?
How could Billy be bitten six times by a rattlesnake and live?
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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Not so ridiculous, 4 December 2003
Author: pcofhod from Jackson, Tennessee

Granted, I'll admit that this movie, or many movies of the same period, are not going to win an Oscar or anything. It wasn't intended to be a box office runaway, or a cash cow. It was meant to make a statement. I was fairly young by the time this came out, but even by then, I'd found many things in my own life that I'd identify with in this movie. First, I'm half Cherokee, and went through the whole biased, racist, "halfbreed" garbage myself, and still do on a rare occasion. Secondly, I'm a martial artist, albeit of a much different style than the Hapkido studied by Tom Laughlin and the character of Billy Jack. Thirdly, I'm what would be termed a hippie. This movie made a very powerful statement about what racism, as far as pertains to Native Americans, was and can still be like in this country today. It made a statement about the hippie movement, which 99.99% of its detractors have no idea what its about, or why we did it and continue to do it. So you can tell there's a stuntman that takes Tom's place in the park. Big deal. MANY movies, especially of that era, have similar "problems" with the suspension of disbelief. The thing you have to remember is that this is a MOVIE. Yes, its supposed to give the surrealism of watching something in real life, but we know its a movie. Enjoy the story for the sake of the story. Don't nit pick each and every little detail and flaw. Ever seen those movies with the cars driving down a wet road at night, and you can see the reflection of the car headlights, and the trails they leave on the lens of the camera? Of course you have. This is something that will distract the nit picker but won't mean much of anything to someone trying to enjoy the story. Besides, nobody's perfect. You've got to be who you are, what you are, and all that is revolved around what turns you on, not in a sexual sense, but "turned on" as in "makes you tick." So what if Fox was the original bankroller of the film? They obviously didn't KEEP bankrolling it. The quality is terrible, by today's standards, yes. In 1971 though, the quality was actually very good by comparison. The acting was, as someone said, very natural. You weren't thinking of looking at actors trying to be someone else, you had the sense of these people being exactly who they were supposed to be in most cases. Again, not Oscar material, but it flowed smoothly enough, I think, that overall, the effect was successful. There's so much more I could say, but I'll get off the soapbox now and hush. The lesson is its a film, enjoy it for what it is. If you think you can do better, don't talk, do. Then you can rattle on about what is "so ridiculous" and what isn't.

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