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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 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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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

Suzanne Somers originally had a more extensive part in this film. It was cut prior to the film's release. 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

Referenced in The Irv Kupcinet Show: Episode dated 22 April 1977 (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

One Tin Soldier
Written by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Performed by Teresa Kelly (as Theresa Laughlin)
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Interesting turn of events
15 June 2005 | by rpniewSee all my reviews

I saw this film in the late '70s at a preview in Oak Brook, Illinois. The movie was pretty well-received and even I was surprised that Billy Jack was a better fit in the old Jimmy Stewart role than I had expected. It wasn't great, but serviceable, and certainly better than THE TRIAL OF BILLY JACK. The film, as mentioned here, was never released, but has come out on DVD. Interested in seeing it again after all these years, I picked it up and was shocked. Normally DVDs have Director's Cut-type things -- more footage, deleted scenes, etc.. In this case Laughlin had cut the crap out of the film. Long scenes that helped the flow of the film and made it less --well, "Billy Jack-ish" had been cut. If Laughlin had used the cut I saw nearly thirty years ago, the film would still have worked. Instead it has become a mess. Come on, Tom, give us the original print.


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