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Billy Jack (1971)

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director:

Tom Laughlin (as T.C. Frank)

Writers:

Tom Laughlin (screenplay) (as Frank Christina), Delores Taylor (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack
Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts
Clark Howat ... Sheriff Cole
Victor Izay ... Doctor
Julie Webb Julie Webb ... Barbara
Debbie Schock Debbie Schock ... Kit
Teresa Kelly Teresa Kelly ... Carol
Lynn Baker Lynn Baker ... Sarah
Stan Rice Stan Rice ... Martin
David Roya David Roya ... Bernard Posner
John McClure John McClure ... Dinosaur
Susan Foster Susan Foster ... Cindy
Susan Sosa Susan Sosa ... Sunshine
Katy Moffatt Katy Moffatt ... Maria
Gwen Smith Gwen Smith ... Angela
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Storyline

Billy Jack is a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret who is being drawn more and more toward his Indian side. He hates violence, but can't get away from it in the white man's world. Pitting the good guys, the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert vs. the conservative bad guys in the near-by town, the movie plays definitive late-60s themes/messages: anti-establishment, make love not war, the senseless slaughter of God's creatures, the rape of society (figuratively and literally), two-sided justice, racial segregation and prejudices. Written by Nic Cage <2cool@zebra.net>

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When you need him, he's always there! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Billy Jack Online

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$98,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Delores Taylor was nominated for the Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Newcomer Female in 1972. See more »

Goofs

During the shy young girl's performance of her song for her brother, there is no guitar capo from the front view, however the rear view camera shots show a capo. See more »

Quotes

Jean Roberts: He's still in the rapture of the vision. A great Indian holy man, Wovoka, is speaking through him.
Barbara: You mean they had holy men, like saints?
Jean Roberts: They sure did! And Wovoka was one of the greatest. Once even Christ appeared to him.
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Soundtracks

Freedom Over Me
Sung by Gwen Smith
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User Reviews

 
A True Classic
18 January 2006 | by hacnessSee all my reviews

Well, Billy Jack was not at all what I had expected. I had heard of the movie and thought it was some kind of kung fu cult movie, but really didn't know what to expect. The movie blew me away! OK, so the acting can be a little cheesy at times, but how many movies from that era are not cheesy in some way? At any rate, Billy Jack is a true American hero. What I love about the movie is that it is focused on very important subject matter, but portrays it in such an unconventional and unique way. Billy Jack is a character of all characters. His mannerisms are hysterical. He shows such intense frustration when he knows he's going to have to kick someone's butt, and that makes his character what it is. He's an ex-green beret and he can surely kick some serious bad guy butt if he has to, but he is also a man with a big heart and his life's mission is to protect the native Americans and hippies who are either too weak or too peaceful to fight for themselves. And he loves Jean, loves her with all his heart and knows that he is the only one who can protect her and protect what is important to her. His character is portrayed in such a way that you can see the internal struggle in his eyes and hear it in his voice when he is faced with a situation where some biggot butts need kickin'. Billy Jack is a true classic and a movie that will stick with me for the rest of my life.


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