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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy Jack
... Jean Roberts
... Sheriff Cole
... Doctor
Julie Webb ... Barbara
Debbie Schock ... Kit
Teresa Kelly ... Carol
Lynn Baker ... Sarah
Stan Rice ... Martin
David Roya ... Bernard Posner
John McClure ... Dinosaur
Susan Foster ... Cindy
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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You've got due process, Mother's Day, supermarkets, the FBI, Medicare, air conditioning, AT&T, country clubs, Congress, a 2-car garage, state troopers, the Constitution, color television and democracy. They've got BILLY JACK See more »

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Action | Drama

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Release Date:

2 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$98,000,000
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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth James was originally cast as Jean. 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

Billy Jack: Anything they want from here on out, they're gonna have to take.
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Connections

Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1971 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mary and the Jesus Babe
Sung by Robbyn Etelson
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A True Classic
18 January 2006 | by See 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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