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The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Kelly ...
Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
Russell (as Russell Lane)
Sara Lane ...
Geo Anne Sosa ...
Lynn Baker ...
Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain ...
Blue Elk
Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland ...
Jack Stanley ...
Bong Soo Han ...
Master Han


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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Release Date:

13 November 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I diki tou Billy Jack  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The credited director, Frank Laughlin, was the then-nineteen-year-old son of co-stars Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. See more »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Johnny Firecloud (1975) See more »


Golden Lady
Composed & Sung by Lynn Baker
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Desperately needed some editing
17 December 2001 | by (Minnesota, USA) – See all my reviews

Child abuse, the trampling of Indian rights, prejudice, illegal FBI wire-tapping and subterfuge, television exposes, campus shootings by the National Guard, the Mi Lai massacre, culture clashes, Jungian philosophy, police brutality, government corruption, karate, guns, and a spiritual journey are just some of the subjects explored in this sequel to Billy Jack. Surprisingly, despite the title, this is not a courtroom drama. The film is told in flashback, and the trial is over rather quickly. Instead, it's an angry film that was finished shortly after several of the campus killings (ie, Kent State) and Watergate. Most of the film's events and anti-government sentiment were taken directly from the events of the early 1970's.

The director's commentary on the DVD is very interesting, and my favorite discussion is when Tom and Delores acknowledge they "threw in everything but the kitchen sink." They both wish they had reduced the exposition and some of the plot lines, which would have certainly made it a better film, but they were being true to themselves at the time. Unfortunately, this makes the film too long and too preachy, but I still enjoyed it.

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