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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.

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(as T.C. Frank)

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(screenplay) (as Frank Christina), (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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Barbara
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John McClure ...
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Susan Sosa ...
Sunshine
Katy Moffatt ...
Maria
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 »

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Action | Drama

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GP | See all certifications »

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2 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$98,000,000
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The type of hat Billy Jack wears is commonly called an Uncle Joe hat. See more »

Goofs

Billy Jack tells Bernard to drive into the lake and he does so. Although partially visible, the emergency brake is up when Bernard is at the wheel. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Howdy! My name is Bernard Posner.
Cindy: Oh, really?
Bernard: Really.
Cindy: Is that supposed to mean something?
Bernard: Around these parts, you hear the name Posner quite a bit.
Cindy: That's very interesting. You know, you hear my name quite a bit, and not just around here either.
Bernard: No foolin'? What's your name?
Cindy: Up.
Bernard: Up? Huh-huh, that's an odd name. What's your last name?
Cindy: Yours. Up yours!
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Connections

Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Moving Up: Part 1 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ring Song
Written and Sung by Katy Moffatt
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This movie just makes me go berserk
5 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

First, I just want to mention that I used to like Billy Jack. Then something strange happened....I grew up. Where should I start. Maybe with the main reason that I used to be a fan, the martial arts action. Never mind that taken through a hindsight perspective, the action is quite limited. Also Tom Laughlin has no martial arts training at all (unknown to me during my ignorance at the time) and all of his karate scenes were performed by a Asian karate master stunt double. Also, I believe that one of the main reasons that no major studio would touch this, was Laughlin's insistence that Delores Taylor (his wife)play the female lead. Not only was she far from attractive, she was devoid of any acting ability whatsoever. If anyone doubts this, please name a non-Billy Jack film that she has appeared in. I must also mention the complete hypocrisy of the whole hippie, non-violence premise of the film. You see Billy Jack preaches pacifism and non-violence, while busting heads. I guess violence is only justifiable when it is considered "righteous liberal rage". Let this one tin soldier ride away.


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