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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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Drama | Thriller

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16 April 1977 (USA)  »

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Billy Jack, i astrapi tou karate  »

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Tom Laughlin would later blame the movie's limited release due to 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 not commercial, 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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References Roots (1977) 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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An interesting period piece
30 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a Washington, D.C. native who saw this film when it was first released (and, contrary to some other comments, it WAS released in DC, playing in several area theaters), I was interested to see how Laughlin would portray the city and its political institutions. Surprisingly, he did so very well. The debt to Jimmy Stewart is obvious throughout but, having said this, his film reflected the political temper of the city in the late 1960's-early 1970's very well indeed. The dialog was not brilliant or sparkling, but there were some good lines: "Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered," is one I remember, referring to bribes and corruption. No matter what one's political views are, this is a film that can be viewed as escapist entertainment and, now from a vantage of several decades, with some nostalgia as well. Worth a rental, definitely, and better if seen with someone who lived through the era.


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