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Director:
Writers:
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) and
Delores Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 August 1971 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Would Billy Jack be executed if it had happened in your town? See more »
Plot:
Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A True Classic See more (127 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack

Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts

Clark Howat ... Sheriff Cole

Victor Izay ... 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
Richard Stahl ... Council Chairman
Alan Myerson ... O.K. Corrales (as Allan Meyerson)
Ed Greenberg ... Drama Teacher

Howard Hesseman ... 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 ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Meg Partridge ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Jenny Bellah ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
James French ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Becky Voight ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Laurie Mayeno ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Mark Baum ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Alva Thompson ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Johnny Otis ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Melissa Stocking ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Nora Bendich ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Sira Aarons ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Lenny Pickett ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student
Phillip Salvarry ... Other Ways Demolition Squad Student

Bert Freed ... Mr. Stuart Posner

Kenneth Tobey ... Deputy Mike (as Ken Tobey)
Paul Bruce ... Councilman

Cisse Cameron ... Miss False Eyelashes (as Cissie Colpitts)

Jessica Myerson (as Jessica Meyerson)

Directed by
Tom Laughlin  (as T.C. Frank)
 
Writing credits
Tom Laughlin (screenplay) (as Frank Christina) and
Delores Taylor (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)

Produced by
Earl D. Elliott .... associate producer
Edward Haldeman .... associate producer (as Ed Haldeman)
Tom Laughlin .... producer (as Mary Rose Solti)
 
Original Music by
Mundell Lowe 
 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography) (as Fred Koenekamp)
John M. Stephens (director of photography) (as John Stephens)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Heath 
Marion Rothman 
 
Production Management
Wes McAfee .... production manager
Linda Morrow .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael J. Dmytryk .... assistant director (as Mike Dmytryk)
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Stunts
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Bong Soo Han .... stunt double: Tom Laughlin (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Calvin Maehl .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Smith .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Larry Merrill .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Mundell Lowe .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Billy Kaundart .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Holly Dyer .... production assistant
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor
Bong Soo Han .... fight choreographer
Bong Soo Han .... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Billy Jack" - Austria, West Germany
"Билли Джек" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Ashita no kabe o buchi yabure" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Billy Jack" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Billy Jack" - Greece
"Billy Jack" - Finland
"Billy Jack" - France
"Billy, el defensor" - Spain
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Runtime:
114 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:16 | South Africa:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:GP | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Hapkido fights were choreographed by Hapkido Master Bong Soo Han. He was also Tom Laughlin's body double in the fight scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The beginning credits include a shot taken from the view of someone riding a horse. The shadow clearly shows that whoever is riding the horse is also holding the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Jack:Everything they want from here on out... they're gonna have to take.See more »
Soundtrack:
One Tin SoldierSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Billy Jack' about?
How could Billy be bitten six times by a rattlesnake and live?
How does the movie end?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A True Classic, 18 January 2006
Author: hacness from United States

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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