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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 & 1 nomination See more »
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A Very Accurate Look Back See more (119 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?

Contract disputes between Laughlin and various producers caused the film to change hands between three different film studios, and delaying its release for three years. In 1973, Laughlin filed a fifty-one million dollar lawsuit against Warner studios for "improperly publicizing" Billy Jack.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the beginning credits there is a shot taken from the view of someone ridding a horse. His shadow shows clearly that whoever is riding the horse is also holding the camera.See more »
Billy Jack:Being an Indian is not a matter of blood... it's a way of life.See more »
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Referenced in Joe Dirt (2001)See more »
A Rainbow Made of ChildrenSee more »


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68 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
A Very Accurate Look Back, 1 December 2003
Author: tonesmyth from Arizona

I was a teenager when this movie came out. I've not seen it in years and found it on a bargain DVD the other night. While the matter of whether or not this is great film-making may be up for debate, there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most accurate records on film of what is was to be a hippie (or a freak) in the early 70's. If all you know about this is from watching "That 70's Show", this movie should be an eye-opener. I just have to make a few comments about some of the other reviews here. The musical performances were not polished and professional, however, in 1971, we weren't looking for that. We loved to sit around with other freaks and sing songs together. We liked that better than listening to the radio. We didn't play CDs at our parties, we sang for each other. Some of us had bad voices, but we didn't care. It wasn't karaoke, we wrote our own songs. This movie portrays what it was all about. The drama scenes were excellent. I was doing that kind of improv in my Jr. High Drama class. We did those kind of skits at summer camp. This again, was very common back in the day. I remember the redneck as well. I grew up in a western town and part of being a freak was that you got a lot of harassment from the rednecks. They'd gang up on you and try to cut your hair. This was really not an uncommon thing. This movie showed some contradiction of violence and the peace movement. Most of us had all of that inside of us at the time. We were influenced by Gandhi and Bruce Lee. We listened to Joan Baez and Black Sabbath. This movie hit home with so many of us because it's two main characters (Billy & Jean) were the two sides of our own psyche trying to make sense of the world around us. While the acting talent may be in question, I found the characters to be very real and many reminded me of people I grew up with. If this movie was to be remade, I doubt they could find an actor to deliver such authenticity. For anyone interested in knowing what the world was really like in 1971, this film will take you there.

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