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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 ... Sen. Joseph Paine
Teresa Kelly Teresa Kelly ... Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
Sam Wanamaker ... Bailey
Dick Gautier ... Gov. Hubert Hopper (as Richard Gautier)
Michael Irving Michael Irving ... McGhan
J. Diana Lewis J. Diana Lewis
Peter Donat ... Ralph Butler
Kent Smith ... Senator Joe Foley
Kathy Cronkite 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Laughlin offered James Stewart, the original Mr. Smith of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the Claude Rains role, the corrupt Senator whom Smith had admired. Stewart declined the role. 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

Followed by The Return of Billy Jack (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

One Tin Soldier
Written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Performed by Teresa Kelly (as Theresa Laughlin)
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User Reviews

 
Remake of the 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
15 February 2001 | by linleeSee all my reviews

The only differences between this film and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington are to update it from 1939 to 1977 and to fit it into the context of the Billy Jack character. Even some of the names are the same. Jimmy Stewart's portrayal of Mr. Smith is a classic. This remake doesn't come close to living up to the original. If you're a Billy Jack fan it's worth a watch. If you're not a Billy Jack fan watch Jimmy Stewart in the original instead.


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