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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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Lynn Baker ...
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Riley Hill ...
Posner
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Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain ...
Blue Elk
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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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Trivia

Delores Taylor claims that the lyrics of "The Theme from 'The Trial of Billy Jack'" came to her in a dream. See more »

Goofs

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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Featured in The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004) See more »

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How I Need You
Theme From The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Lyrics by Delores Taylor
Sung by Michelle Wilson
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controversial but outstanding
25 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this sequel to "Billy Jack", Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor continue to strongly and clearly convey, via the motion-picture medium, that the situation with which this movie deals is extremely, again, controversial. After all, the movie deals with the matter of bigotry and injustice. It begs a big question. What can a person do within legal limits to stop harassment of minority groups when the law will not cooperate and defend these minority groups? Following, it may also beg the question concerning whether or not Billy Jack is a villain or hero, since the caring person has no mercy on the mean people who do the harassing and does not care what happens to such horrible people. I like this thought-provoking movie. I like it because of the subject matter, but I also like the aesthetic qualities: the west is, in its own way, beautiful. The acting is convincing as well. Whenever I think about the controversial subject matter, I never reach a conclusion, but because of this, the acting, and the beautiful scenery, I will always be glad I saw it.


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