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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:
This movie just makes me go berserk 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 »
Sound Mix:
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 unusual kick that Billy Jack uses in the fight in the park is known in Hapkido as an "Outside Crescent Kick", in which the leg is raised and swung outward, striking with the outside edge of the foot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Billy Jack kicks Posner, and Posner's hat lands flat. In the next shot, the hat is on its side.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Jack:Now, which is it gonna be: drive your car in the lake or get a dislocated elbow?See more »
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Soundtrack:
A Rainbow Made of ChildrenSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Billy Jack' based on a book?
What is a "tin soldier"?
How could Billy be bitten six times by a rattlesnake and live?
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This movie just makes me go berserk, 5 August 2010
Author: garybny from United States

First, I just want to mention that I used to like Billy Jack. Then something strange happened....I grew up. Where should I start. Maybe with the main reason that I used to be a fan, the martial arts action. Never mind that taken through a hindsight perspective, the action is quite limited. Also Tom Laughlin has no martial arts training at all (unknown to me during my ignorance at the time) and all of his karate scenes were performed by a Asian karate master stunt double. Also, I believe that one of the main reasons that no major studio would touch this, was Laughlin's insistence that Delores Taylor (his wife)play the female lead. Not only was she far from attractive, she was devoid of any acting ability whatsoever. If anyone doubts this, please name a non-Billy Jack film that she has appeared in. I must also mention the complete hypocrisy of the whole hippie, non-violence premise of the film. You see Billy Jack preaches pacifism and non-violence, while busting heads. I guess violence is only justifiable when it is considered "righteous liberal rage". Let this one tin soldier ride away.

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