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Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  16 April 1977 (USA)
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After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will ... See full summary »

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Sen. Joseph Paine
Teresa Kelly ...
Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
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Bailey
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Gov. Hubert Hopper
Michael Irving ...
McGhan
J. Diana Lewis
Peter Donat ...
Ralph Butler
Kent Smith ...
Senator Joe Foley
Kathy Cronkite
Dennis O'Flaherty
Julie Webb
Carla Borelli
Sara Lane ...
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After a senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining senator and the state governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don't expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party. Billy is pardoned, released and nominated, after which he begins his duties. He soon notices that things aren't right, and starts trying to find out just what is going on. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The most dangerous Billy Jack of all!

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16 April 1977 (USA)  »

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Billy Jack, i astrapi tou karate  »

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The movie was barely released to theaters. Tom Laughlin, the movie's star and writer/director, would later claim there was a gigantic government lead conspiracy to suppress the movie. Actually, Laughlin at the time was fighting several lawsuits filed against him that prevented him from giving the movie as big a release as his previous movies. Laughlin then tried to get other movie distributors to release the movie. Samuel Z. Arkoff, head of American-International Pictures, recalled years later his going to Laughlin's home to watch a screening of the movie. Arkoff recalled, "Tom had gained about forty pounds since the earlier pictures... the new film just didn't recapture the charming and disarming character Tom had played in Billy Jack." Feeling that the movie was uncommercial, Arkoff passed on the chance to distribute the movie, and the other distributors Laughlin screened the movie for also decided not to pick up the distribution rights for the same reason. See more »

Quotes

Jean Roberts: You did it... no matter what anybody says about you now, you did it. And you didn't have to even once take off your boots!
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Follows Billy Jack (1971) See more »

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One Tin Soldier
Written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Performed by Teresa Kelly (as Theresa Laughlin)
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AMAZING PREDICTION OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
10 June 2000 | by (TYLER, TX) – See all my reviews

Tom Laughlin has an uncanny ability to predict future events. His movie BILLY JACK foretold the way action movies would go (ie. RAMBO, STEVEN SEIGAL, CHUCK NORRIS, etc.) In this particular installment of the Billy Jack Saga,the emphasis is on Washington and the way the special interest groups and power brokers have corrupted our government. It's really a prophetic film, in light of the present day situation on Capitol Hill. There is an eerie fortelling of the Vince Foster espisode.

BILLY JACK GOES TO WASHINGTON is a re-make of the Jimmy Stewart classic MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, except using nuclear reactors as the hub of the plot. Tom Laughlin, as the character Billy Jack, really has a chance to prove his acting skills in this one; there is more depth of character in his performance of the lead role. The sets were very intricate and the production values a lot higher than the previous espisodes. Plus, there is an excellent supporting cast: Delores Taylor (Laughlin's real life wife), E G Marsall, Sam Wanamaker, Luci Arnez, and Peter Donat. This is a definat must see!


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