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 ...
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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... See full summary »
The story of a small-town football star, Chris Wotan, who defies society, morals and his God and gets into so much trouble that he is expelled from school. Told in flashbacks, usually in ... See full summary »
William Wellman Jr.
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
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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 »
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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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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