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Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 16 April 1977 (USA)
After a Senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining Senator and the state Governor must decide on a person who will ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Laughlin (as T.C. Frank)

Writers:

Tom Laughlin (as Frank Christina), Delores Taylor (as Teresa Christina) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack
Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts
E.G. Marshall ... Senator Joseph Paine
Teresa Kelly Teresa Kelly ... Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
Sam Wanamaker ... James Bailey
Dick Gautier ... Governor Hubert Hopper (as Richard Gautier)
Michael Irving Michael Irving ... Chuck McGhan
J. Diana Lewis J. Diana Lewis
Peter Donat ... Ralph Butler
Kent Smith ... Senator Sam Foley
Kathy Cronkite
Dennis O'Flaherty Dennis O'Flaherty
Julie Webb Julie Webb
Carla Borelli
Sara Lane ... (as Russell Lane)
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Storyline

After a Senator suddenly dies after completing (and sealing) an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining Senator and the state Governor must decide on a person who will play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don't expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party. Billy is pardoned, released, and nominated, after which he begins his duties. He soon notices that things aren't right, and starts trying to find out just what is going on. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

The most dangerous Billy Jack of all!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Official Sites:

Billy Jack Online

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Jack, i astrapi tou karate See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Billy Jack Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was barely released to theaters. Tom Laughlin claimed there was a gigantic government conspiracy to suppress the movie. Actually, Laughlin, at the time, was fighting several lawsuits filed against him that prevented him from giving the movie as big a release as his previous movies. Laughlin then tried to get other movie distributors to release the movie. Samuel Z. Arkoff, head of American-International Pictures, recalled years later his going to Laughlin's house to watch a screening of the movie. Arkoff recalled, "Tom had gained about forty pounds since the earlier pictures. The new film just didn't recapture the charming and disarming character Tom had played in Billy Jack (1971)." Feeling that the movie was uncommercial, Arkoff passed on the chance to distribute the movie, and the other distributors, for whom Laughlin screened the movie, also decided not to pick up the distribution rights for the same reason. See more »

Quotes

Jean Roberts: You did it... no matter what anybody says about you now, you did it. And you didn't have to even once take off your boots!
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Alternate Versions

Various sources list the running time of the film as 155 minutes. The current video version runs only 114 minutes. See more »

Connections

Follows The Born Losers (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

One Tin Soldier
Written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Performed by Teresa Kelly (as Theresa Laughlin)
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Horrible Remake of A Classic
12 April 2011 | by libraryguruSee all my reviews

First, let me say I have always been a Billy Jack fan. I had seen the other movies several times, but never this one until now. The story followed Mr. Smith so closely that you can't help but make comparisons throughout. Tom Laughlin was an adequate actor, he and his wife were always the best actors in any of the other movies. But he is no Jimmy Stewart. And even the addition of other skilled actors (Pat O'Brien and E.G. Marshall most notably) could not save this movie. Add some sloppy editing and this movie was at times painful to watch. If you want to enjoy this story line, get Mr Smith goes to Washington. If you want to see a good Billy Jack movie get, The Trial of Billy Jack. But stay away from this trash.


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