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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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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

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:

Billy Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

While Carol sings "Johnnie" in the Freedom School's auditorium, a capo is visible on her guitar's second fret in rear shots, but not front shots. See more »

Quotes

Barbershop customer: Hey Cole, when you gonna do somethin' about those long-haired weirdos - before or after they start burnin' their draft cards?
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Sheriff Cole: Nope. Soon as I finish my shine I'm goin' outside and shoot three or four of 'em, show 'em who's boss.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Ring Song
Written and Sung by Katy Moffatt
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User Reviews

 
late 60s fun and social consciousness
16 November 2005 | by drguitar20783See all my reviews

This movie takes me back to 1969 (when it was first started) Also: note the high school football schedule for 1969 on the ice cream shop door with the school name marked out to preserve its anonymity). You really had to live through these days to appreciate the fact that some people really did think and act like the actors in this film.While all hippies were certainly NOT non-violent, this film earnestly tries to present an enlightened message to an adult audience that at that time was not the most socially aware in the world. =)And yes, people really did say things like: "Damn hippies! They oughtta get their hair cut! they're ruining the country!!"

The New Left movement which really became influential around 1972 and years following was the hippie fringe in 69.

This movie is simply a lot of fun. To insist it be more than that is unrealistic. It was independently produced by a guy (Laughlin) who believed in his message, wrote it and called all the shots himself. Its really not bad taken in that context. The little blonde girl singing the anti-war song is Tom and Delores' real life daughter Theresa. The comedy troupes used to appear on shows like the Smothers Brothers and were considered "way out". =) (amazing how cynical we've become isn't it??) While most of America in those days was more like the townspeople than the school people, it is still very very entertaining to see those days played out again.


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