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The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)

 -  Action | Drama | Music  -  13 November 1974 (USA)
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After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The... See full summary »

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Teresa Kelly ...
Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
Sara Lane ...
Russell (as Russell Lane)
Sara Lane ...
Russell
Geo Anne Sosa ...
Joanne
Lynn Baker ...
Lynn
Riley Hill ...
Posner
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Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain ...
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Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland ...
Danny
Jack Stanley ...
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Bong Soo Han ...
Master Han
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After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from "yoga sports" to muckracking journalism. The diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned television station. The narrow-minded townspeople have different ideas about their brand of liberalism. Billy Jack is released and things heat up for the school. Students are threatened and abused and the Native Americans in the neighboring village are taunted and mistreated. After Billy Jack undergoes a vision quest, the governor and the police plot to permanently put an end to their liberal shenanigans, leaving it up to Billy Jack to save the day. Written by thustlebird

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It takes up where Billy Jack left off


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13 November 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The first film to be launched in a wide release in the modern fashion, debuting simultaneously at over 1,000 theaters, and booked by the filmmakers on a four-wall basis, renting the theaters and controlling the box-office receipts. Major distributors did not attempt wide-release debuts until 1975, beginning with Columbia for the film Breakout (1975). See more »

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There is a scene in which the Freedom School kids are watching a Freedom School TV interview with Posner on a television atop a tower of equipment. The interview footage had been grafted onto the larger image. In one shot, when the camera pans, the grafted interview footage moves completely off of the TV set and into another part of the shot, then back onto the (originally white-noised) TV screen. See more »

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Billy Jack: [surrounded by an angry mob] If there is absolutely no way you can get out of taking a terrible beating, the only sensible thing to do is, get in the first lick!
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Prior to the opening credits being shown, statistics about American campus shootings are displayed onscreen set to shots of the canyons of the Southwest. See more »

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Follows The Born Losers (1967) See more »

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Shed a Tear
Composed & Sung by Teresa Kelly (as Teresa Laughlin)
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Great movie!

This movie was long,and it was very powerful for its time in both relation to the Native American movement as well as the anti war movement that was common when the film took place and when it first hit the big screen. If you like either of the 2 topics above then you will probably like the movie. All I can say is I am proud to have it and I was proud to watch it.


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