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Writers:
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) &
Delores Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 November 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It takes up where Billy Jack left off
Plot:
After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film... See more » | Add synopsis »
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(6 articles)
User Reviews:
terrible,....and a must see film! See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack

Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts

Victor Izay ... Doc
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

Sparky Watt ... Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain ... Blue Elk

Sacheen Littlefeather ... Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland ... Danny
Jack Stanley ... Grandfather
Bong Soo Han ... Master Han
Rolling Thunder ... Thunder Mountain
William Wellman Jr. ... National Guardsman
Michelle Wilson ... Michelle
Jason Clark ... Cowboy #1
Sandra Ego ... Indian Maiden
Johnny West ... Turning Water
Trinidad Hopkins ... Vision Maiden
Buffalo Horse ... Little Bear
Teda Bracci ... Teda
Dennis O'Flaherty ... Defense Attorney
Jean Newburn ... Militant Indian Lawyer
George Aguilar ... Elk's Shadow
Marianne Hall ... Alicia
Pepper Rogers ... Third Trooper
Debbie Hill ... Debbie
Michael J. Shigezane ... Karate Expert
Diane Webber ... Belly-Dance Instructor
Ken Tealor ... Ken
Oshannah Fastwolf ... Oshannah
Evans Thornton ... Prosecuting Attorney
Kathy Cronkite ... Kristen
Jack White ... Bugger
DeLaura Henry ... Liz
Ron Nix ... Cowboy #2
Susan Sosa ... Sunshine
Hosea Barnett
Patricia McCulloch ... Girl
David Scott Clark ... Town Boy
Alexandra Nicholson ... Abby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Anderson ... National Guardsman
Fred Ashley ... The Judge
Lisa Martin ... College Student
Franklin 'Pepper' Rodgers ... Sheriff
Mel Todd ... Campaign Contributor at Hunting Party
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Directed by
Tom Laughlin  (as Frank Laughlin)
 
Writing credits
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) (as Frank Christina) &
Delores Taylor (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)

Produced by
Joe Cramer .... producer
Robert E. Schultz .... associate producer (as Robert Schultz)
Beverly Walker .... associate producer
Tom Laughlin .... executive producer (uncredited)
Delores Taylor .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Economou 
George Grenville 
Michael Karr 
Jules Nayfack 
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Lee Schaff Guardino (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
George Troast  (as George W. Troast)
 
Set Decoration by
George Tuers  (as George Tuers II)
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
 
Makeup Department
Loren Cosand .... makeup artist (as Loren D. Cosand)
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William Beaudine Jr. .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors .... assistant director (as Thomas J. Connors III)
Jack N. Reddish .... assistant director (as Jack Reddish)
Floyd Joyer .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Slager .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert Visciglia)
Nick Antista .... assistant props (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Phil Mitchell Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Phil Adams .... stunts
Regina Parton .... stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Connors .... stunts (uncredited)
Louie Elias .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Nix .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... camera operator (as Richard Johnson)
Sherman Kunkel .... camera operator (as Sherman L. Kunkel)
Drain M. Marshall .... gaffer (as Drain Marshall)
Robert Marta .... assistant camera
Rexford L. Metz .... aerial photographer
Frank Redmond .... assistant camera (as Francis C. Redmond)
Carl Reed .... best boy
Bob West .... key grip (as Robert West)
Michael Gershwin .... assistant camera: Tyler mount (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Kahlo .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Phillip Marlett .... best boy (uncredited)
David Marta .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Terry Oates .... electrician (uncredited)
Allen J. Pettebone .... electrician (uncredited)
Ed Santoro .... crane grip (uncredited)
Donald Schmitz .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
June Flemington .... wardrobe: ladies (uncredited)
Kent James .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Cambas .... post-production coordinator
David Gill .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Bill Todd .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Tracy .... music editor (as Robert N. Tracy)
Sheryl Levine .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Kenneth G. Bilbee .... cinemobile (uncredited)
Gregg Briles .... driver: fuel truck (uncredited)
Jerry Courian .... driver: crane (uncredited)
Lonnie Gray .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
Dick Norwood .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James W. Gavin .... photo pilot: helicopter (as James Gavin)
Miklos Gyulai .... special production coordinator
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor (as Hazel Hall)
Bong Soo Han .... karate advisor
Susan Haymer .... production assistant
Barbara Hodous .... production assistant
John Longenecker .... dialogue coach
Clay Wright .... photo pilot: helicopter (as Clayton Wright)
Lucille Baumann .... location auditor (uncredited)
Scottie Cummings .... production secretary (uncredited)
Al Ebner .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Karen Gordon .... controller (uncredited)
Susan Haymer .... secretary to executive producer (uncredited)
Don Immerman .... first aid (uncredited)
Michael Kennedy .... production assistant (uncredited)
Richard Liebegott .... assistant to associate producer (uncredited)
Jeff McClure .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Malcolm Natale .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
John Naulin .... consultant: Indian ceremonies (uncredited)
Paul Souza .... helicopter mechanic (uncredited)
Berl Zillman .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
170 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Indian Rights symposium in the film was unscripted. The testimonials delivered were written by the actual speakers/actors.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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20 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
terrible,....and a must see film!, 6 June 2005
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is one of the BAD films I really enjoy. It is not painful or boring to watch but instead falls into the hokey and stupid category that make it great party film. Like Plan 9 from Outer Space, this movie tries so hard to say something and comes off as a completely laughable fiasco. The over-the-top completely serious aspects of the movie raise it to this level. The movie The Apple also rises (?) to this level of dreck as well.

Our hero (?) is Billy Jack, a half-breed American Indian who teaches peace through the repeated use of bone-crunching violence! It reminds me of the funny segment from the movie UHF when they advertise the fake movie "Gandhi 2" and feature Gandhi kicking butt and driving a sports car. It's so ridiculous, it's great! Amazingly enough, this was the third Billy Jack film (after The Born Losers and Billy Jack) and the first to bomb at the box office. In fact, the also deadly serious Billy Jack (1971) made zillions at the box office--not because it was a good film (though it wasn't quite as bad as The Trial of Billy Jack) but because it was a perfect film for the times. The hippy-ish aspects of the movies worked in 1971 but by 1974, it was reduced to a cliché.

A moment not to be missed in this movie--the little boy with a mechanical claw for a hand being gunned down by the evil soldiers as the boy tries to rescue his pet bunny! Meant to be poignant, it's just hysterically funny instead!

FYI--This film had the dubious distinction of being selected for inclusion in the book "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time" by Harry Medved. I heartily agree with the choice--but must admit it gets a 2 because it's so darn funny--and it doesn't even intend to be!!

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