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Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 April 1977 (USA)
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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(as T.C. Frank)

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(as Frank Christina), (as Teresa Christina) | 2 more credits »
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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 (as Richard Gautier)
Michael Irving ...
McGhan
J. Diana Lewis
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Ralph Butler
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Senator Joe Foley
Kathy Cronkite
Dennis O'Flaherty
Julie Webb
Carla Borelli
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(as Russell 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

Certificate:

Not Rated
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16 April 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Billy Jack, i astrapi tou karate  »

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1.33 : 1
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Contrary to popular belief, this film did in fact have a traditional theatrical run. The film played a three-week engagement in the Milwaukee market in November 1977, where it was promoted as a pre-release engagement. After its box office failure, the film was quietly shelved until its 2004 DVD release. 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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Connections

Remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 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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Interesting turn of events
15 June 2005 | by (chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the late '70s at a preview in Oak Brook, Illinois. The movie was pretty well-received and even I was surprised that Billy Jack was a better fit in the old Jimmy Stewart role than I had expected. It wasn't great, but serviceable, and certainly better than THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK. The film, as mentioned here, was never released, but has come out on DVD. Interested in seeing it again after all these years, I picked it up and was shocked. Normally DVDs have Director's Cut-type things -- more footage, deleted scenes, etc.. In this case Laughlin had cut the crap out of the film. Long scenes that helped the flow of the film and made it less --well, "Billy Jack-ish" had been cut. If Laughlin had used the cut I saw nearly thirty years ago, the film would still have worked. Instead it has become a mess. Come on, Tom, give us the original print.


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