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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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(as Frank Laughlin)

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(screenplay) (as Frank Christina), (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)
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Teresa Kelly ...
Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
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Russell (as Russell Lane)
Sara Lane ...
Russell
Geo Anne Sosa ...
Joanne
Lynn Baker ...
Lynn
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Posner
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Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain ...
Blue Elk
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Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland ...
Danny
Jack Stanley ...
Grandfather
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)  »

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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Trivia

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

Quotes

Jean Roberts: Y'know, I really feel sorry for your children.
Prosecuting attorney: You feel sorry for *my* children?
Jean Roberts: 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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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 »

Connections

Followed by Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Shed a Tear
Composed & Sung by Teresa Kelly (as Teresa Laughlin)
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Fetid and overblown tripe
10 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Omaha, Nebraska, had the dubious honour of being the city Tom Laughlin chose to have the world premiere for "Trial of Billy Jack". I wish he'd given the honour to any other city but mine. I can't think of a film that was harder to sit through than this one; it seemed to never end. I had seen "Born Losers" and like it immensely. I'd seen the first Billy Jack, and it was okay. These are the only reasons I went to "Trial", and at 17 I guess you don't need any others; I was there on opening night in 1974.

The memory of the unending torment I endured while watching this film still sits in my brain, like a compost heap that never fully decomposes. Words can't express the boredom and agony of seeing this movie; 45 hours of labor with my first child was not as difficult. I should have walked out of the theater, and in fact, while the girl in the wheelchair was giving testimony, I did, leaving my fiance there to suffer by himself. I spent as much time as I could in the restroom, but knew I had to go back and face the rest of the film, if only for his sake. Run, don't walk, away from this piece of torture, if you're ever in the vicinity of a Billy Jack Retrospective, or find it while channel surfing. Your memory center will be glad you did.


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