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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:
Would Billy Jack be executed if it had happened in your town? 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 & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
the message that I seen in this movie See more (124 total) »

Cast

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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
Wes McAfee .... production manager
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tom Laughlin had no martial arts training before he started training for the movie. He studied under a master teacher for six months before filming started,See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the sheriff's deputy comes out with the bogus warrant to search for his daughter, the kids begin singing "Rainbow Made of Children." The tempo fluctuates wildly, as if several different takes were edited together.See more »
Quotes:
[the deputy is holding one of the school's girls at gunpoint as Billy Jack approaches]
Deputy:Now you drop that gun or I'll shoot her!
Deputy:[long pause] I'm not gonna ask you again.
Billy Jack:You won't have to.
Deputy:What?
Billy Jack:I said shoot her.
Deputy:[cocks revolver] You'd kill her? just like that?
Billy Jack:[shakes his head] You'll kill her.
[points his rifle]
Billy Jack:And then I'll kill you. Just like that.
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Soundtrack:
A Rainbow Made of ChildrenSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
How does the movie end?
How could Billy be bitten six times by a rattlesnake and live?
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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
the message that I seen in this movie, 27 February 2006
Author: eaglenest79 from United States

When this movie came out I was barley in my teens, but I remember the power of the message in that movie. Having just bought the DVD of it, I see the power of that message is still there.

The message to me is as thus, Violence does not solve everything and should be used ONLY as a last resort if ever. the school's admin if you will was pure pacifism, he on the other hand, had to fight for everything in his life, so naturally that's how he responded. It did however remind me of an era that has long since come to pass and the young of today do not or maybe never will understand. And that is the true problem. without understanding the problems that made change occur, we are just as liable to have to relive them. I sincerely hope that movies that were this "gritty" then are able to be kept around as a mirror into the minds and mindsets of that time and the struggles as we all became more human.

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