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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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Billy Jack
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Jean Roberts
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Sheriff Cole
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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
Richard Stahl ...
Council Chairman
Alan Myerson ...
O.K. Corrales (as Allan Meyerson)
Ed Greenberg ...
Drama Teacher
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Drama Teacher (as Don Sturdy)
Beans Morocco ...
Student (as Dan Barrows)
Herb Kohl ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Co-Director
Phillip Crowder ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Robert Wilson ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
David Conley ...
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Meg Partridge ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Jenny Bellah ...
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James French ...
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Becky Voight ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Laurie Mayeno ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Mark Baum ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Alva Thompson ...
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Johnny Otis ...
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Melissa Stocking ...
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Nora Bendich ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Sira Aarons ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Lenny Pickett ...
Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Phillip Salvarry ...
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Mr. Stuart Posner
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Deputy Mike (as Ken Tobey)
Paul Bruce ...
Councilman
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Miss False Eyelashes (as Cissie Colpitts)
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(as Jessica Meyerson)

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Tom Laughlin ... (as T.C. Frank)

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Tom Laughlin ... (screenplay) (as Frank Christina) and
Delores Taylor ... (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)

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Earl D. Elliott ... associate producer
Edward Haldeman ... associate producer (as Ed Haldeman)
Tom Laughlin ... producer (as Mary Rose Solti)

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Mundell Lowe

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Fred J. Koenekamp ... director of photography (as Fred Koenekamp)
John M. Stephens ... director of photography (as John Stephens)

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Larry Heath
Marion Rothman

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Larry Merrill ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Wes McAfee ... production manager
Linda Morrow ... production supervisor

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Michael J. Dmytryk ... assistant director (as Mike Dmytryk)
Joseph E. Rickards ... assistant director

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Lightning Bear ... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette ... stunts (uncredited)
Bong Soo Han ... stunt double: Tom Laughlin (uncredited)

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Calvin Maehl ... electrician (uncredited)

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Bill Smith ... wardrobe

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Else Blangsted ... music editor
Mundell Lowe ... conductor

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Billy Kaundart ... driver (uncredited)

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Holly Dyer ... production assistant
Jack Gannon ... script supervisor
Bong Soo Han ... fight choreographer / hapkido karate (as Bon Soo Han of Korea)
Don Prince ... publicist
Rolling Thunder ... indian snake ceremony (as Rolling Thunder of Shoshone Nation)
Andy Vidovich ... wovoka friendship dance (as Andy Vidovich of Paiute Nation)
Clyde Houston ... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Leon Roth ... publicity director (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Billy, el defensor (Spain)
  • Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure (Japan)
  • Билли Джек (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget $800,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The type of hat Billy Jack wears is commonly called an Uncle Joe hat. See more »
Goofs Martin credits the Serenity Prayer to St. Francis of Assisi. It was actually written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, and first published in the 1930s. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Precious Images (1986). See more »
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Quotes [Billy Jack is surrounded by Posner's thugs]
Mr. Posner: You really think those Green Beret Karate tricks are gonna help you against all these boys?
Billy Jack: Well, it doesn't look to me like I really have any choice now, does it?
Mr. Posner: [laughing] That's right, you don't.
Billy Jack: You know what I think I'm gonna do then? Just for the hell of it?
Mr. Posner: Tell me.
Billy Jack: I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face...
[points to Posner's right cheek]
Billy Jack: ...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it.
Mr. Posner: Really?
Billy Jack: Really.
[kicks Posner's right cheek, sending him to the ground]
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