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...
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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
A few months before the release of the film, a potential disaster threatened the success of the release. In "Variety", director/star/writer Laughlin read the news that the executives in charge of the film's distribution, Lou Marx (who was once a top executive at MGM during the studio's golden days) and Roger Reese (who was almost single-handedly responsible for the original film's financial success) had suddenly quit, and they had done it during a press conference at the National Association of Theater Owners convention in Atlanta, the biggest event of the year for the nation's theater owners. The reason they had quit, they announced, was that Laughlin had changed the deal and was now refusing to give distributors the picture without a cash advance. Laughlin regarded it as an outright lie. With this development, Laughlin and wife Delores Taylor knew that their film would be denied exhibition in each of the 1,200 theaters that agreed to show it. The problem was resolved and the film went on to become one of the top money-makers of 1974. 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 »
Y'know, I really feel sorry for your children.
You feel sorry for *my* children?
Yes, and for you too. You know me... and you know I don't lie. It must be terrible to make it seem that way just to earn your money.
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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 »
The American fear of freedom is brightly reflected (maybe too brightly) in this film. But the same individuals who consider it's content outrageous will also readily accept the government's explanation of the massacre at Waco. Soccer moms of the nineties will not be able to relate to the film's 1970's concerns.
Although the movie is outdated, it's themes still faithfully apply today. The war against religious and intellectual freedoms is really no more out of place today than it was in the days of Pontius Pilate.
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