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Tom Laughlin (screenplay) and
Delores Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »
Just a person who protects children and other living things. See more »
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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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Opening Champ See more (118 total) »


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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
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
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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114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

The Hapkido fights in the film were choreographed by Hapkido Master Bong Soo Han. Master Han not only choreographed, but also body doubled for Tom Laughlin in the fight scenes.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Bong Soo Han, Tom Laughlin's stunt double, is clearly visible if you slow down the scene where Billy Jack performs a spinning back kick against one of the "boys" attacking him in the park. You can clearly see his face as he comes around in the back spin kick, dressed in same garb as Billy Jack, but you can clearly see this isn't Billy Jack it is his Korean double and instructor, Bong Soo Han-world renown Hapkido expert.See more »
Barbara:What is the snake ceremony?
Jean Roberts:A ceremony where Billy becomes brother to a snake.
Barbara:How does he do that?
Jean Roberts:By going on the mountain and being bitten by the snake over and over. Then he passes into unconsciousness for the last time. And if he lives, he has a vision. And in this vision, he finds out what his life's mission will be and who the spirit will be to guide him on this mission.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Justice (2014)See more »
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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Opening Champ, 26 December 2004
Author: WaikikiTodd from Waikiki, Hawai'i, United States

Without a doubt the BEST opening sequence in movie history (with the possible exception of Barbed Wire; spectacularly beautiful, tremendous aerial shots, and subject matter...whew! And from a non-Hollywood operation, no less!!! Hurrah! The horses seem almost moving on script. And the pure rawness and glory of nature is at its most striking. And, lastly, and far from least, the incredible song by Coven (who says one-hit wonders leave little legacy). The song perfectly frames the powerful/powerless relationship that is central to the movie, and the simple truth that spiritual power will always, ultimately, trump the material. A raw film it is, and that is its glory.

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