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Billy Jack (1971) Poster

(1971)

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[Billy Jack is surrounded by Posner's thugs]

Mr. Posner: You really think those Green Beret Karate tricks are gonna help you against all these boys?

Billy Jack: Well, it doesn't look to me like I really have any choice now, does it?

Mr. Posner: [laughing] That's right, you don't.

Billy Jack: You know what I think I'm gonna do then? Just for the hell of it?

Mr. Posner: Tell me.

Billy Jack: I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face...

[points to Posner's right cheek]

Billy Jack: ...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it.

Mr. Posner: Really?

Billy Jack: Really.

[kicks Posner's right cheek, sending him to the ground]

Billy Jack: Now, which is it gonna be: drive your car in the lake or get a dislocated elbow?

Mr. Posner: You're makin' a mistake.

Billy Jack: I've made 'em before.

Billy Jack: Being an Indian is not a matter of blood... it's a way of life.

Jean: You just can't keep making your own laws. There's got to be one set of laws fair for everyone, including you.

Billy Jack: That's fine. When that set of laws is applied to everyone, then I'll turn the other cheek too.

Jean: There's got to be a better way to change those people.

Billy Jack: CHANGE those people? You worked with King, didn't you?

Jean: Yes!

Billy Jack: Where is he?

Jean: Dead.

Billy Jack: And where's Bob and Jack Kennedy?

Jean: Dead.

Billy Jack: Not "dead", their brains blown out! Because YOUR people wouldn't even put the same controls on their guns as they do on their dogs, their bicycles, their cats, and their automobiles.

Jean: We'll go someplace else, someplace were it doesn't have to be like this.

Billy Jack: Oh, really? Tell me, where is that place? Where is it? In what remote corner of this country-no-entire goddamn planet is there a place were men really care about one another and really love each other? Now, you tell me were such a place is, and I promise you that I'll never hurt another human being as long as I live.

[shouts]

Billy Jack: Just one place!

Billy Jack: Bernard, I want you to know... that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I'm supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. Though when I see this girl... of such a beautiful spirit... so degraded... and this boy... that I love... sprawled out by this big ape here... and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her "God's little gift of sunshine"... and I think of the number of years that she's going to have to carry in her memory... the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours... I just go BERSERK!

Billy Jack: You're illegally on Indian land.

Mr. Posner: I'm sorry about that. I guess we just got caught up in the chase and crossed over without knowing it.

Billy Jack: You're a liar.

Mr. Posner: We got the law here, Billy Jack.

Billy Jack: When policemen break the law, then there isn't any law - just a fight for survival.

Billy Jack: [giggling] I can't believe it. I really can't believe this guy. Can you believe it?

Jean: Not really, no.

Billy Jack: You know what he reminds me of?

Jean: What?

Billy Jack: A little monkey. Posner's little monkey, runnin' around tryin' to get in all the bananas. Get your blouse and get outa' here.

Girl: Will you look?

Billy Jack: [scoffs] Probably. Get your blouse.

Councilman: When was the last time you cut your hair?

Drama Teacher: When was the time you brushed your teeth, sir?

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!

[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.

Cindy: I pray Billy kills him!

Jean: You mustn't tell Billy, Cindy.

Cindy: Why not?

Jean: Because he will kill him.

Cindy: DAMN YOUR PACIFISM!

Bernard: Howdy! My name is Bernard Posner.

Cindy: Oh, really?

Bernard: Really.

Cindy: Is that supposed to mean something?

Bernard: Around these parts, you hear the name Posner quite a bit.

Cindy: That's very interesting. You know, you hear my name quite a bit, and not just around here either.

Bernard: No foolin'? What's your name?

Cindy: Up.

Bernard: Up? Huh-huh, that's an odd name. What's your last name?

Cindy: Yours. Up yours!

Billy Jack: It's funny, isn't it? Only the white man wants everything put in writing. And only then so he can use it against you in court. You know, among the Indians a promise is good enough.

Billy Jack: Martin, do you know what mental toughness is? Well, mental toughness is the ability to accept the fact that you're human and that you're going to make mistakes - lots of 'em - all your life. And some of them are gonna hurt people that you love very badly. But you have the guts to accept the fact that you ain't perfect. And you don't let your mistakes crush you and keep you from doing the very best that you can.

Jean: So easy for you to die dramatically! It's a hell of a lot tougher for those of us who have to keep on trying!

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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Cindy: Hey! Why isnt anybody going in?

Martin: They're afraid to go in.

Cindy: Why?

Martin: Indians aren't allowed in some of the stores here.

Cindy: What do you mean "not allowed"? I don't see a sign.

Kit: Indians don't need a sign, they know damn well where they're not wanted.

Cindy: Then why are you going in?

Kit: 'Cause I like ice cream.

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Jean Roberts: He's still in the rapture of the vision. A great Indian holy man, Wovoka, is speaking through him.

Barbara: You mean they had holy men, like saints?

Jean Roberts: They sure did! And Wovoka was one of the greatest. Once even Christ appeared to him.

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