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Billy Jack is a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret who is being drawn more and more toward his Indian side. He hates violence, but can't get away from it in the white man's world. Pitting the good guys, the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert vs. the conservative bad guys in the near-by town, the movie plays definitive late-60s themes/messages: anti-establishment, make love not war, the senseless slaughter of God's creatures, the rape of society (figuratively and literally), two-sided justice, racial segregation and prejudices.Written by
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"Billy Jack" was a huge hit grossing $32,500,000 in the U.S. on a budget of $800,000. It grossed $98,000,000 worldwide. See more »
When Billy Jack performs a spinning back kick against one of the "boys" attacking him in the park, the face shown is clearly not Tom Laughlin's. It's his body double, Hapkido expert Bong Soo Han. See more »
[the deputy is holding one of the school's girls at gunpoint as Billy Jack approaches]
Now you drop that gun or I'll shoot her!
I'm not gonna ask you again.
You won't have to.
I said shoot her.
You'd kill her? just like that?
[shakes his head]
You'll kill her.
[points his rifle]
And then I'll kill you. Just like that.
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This movie takes me back to 1969 (when it was first started) Also: note the high school football schedule for 1969 on the ice cream shop door with the school name marked out to preserve its anonymity). You really had to live through these days to appreciate the fact that some people really did think and act like the actors in this film.While all hippies were certainly NOT non-violent, this film earnestly tries to present an enlightened message to an adult audience that at that time was not the most socially aware in the world. =)And yes, people really did say things like: "Damn hippies! They oughtta get their hair cut! they're ruining the country!!"
The New Left movement which really became influential around 1972 and years following was the hippie fringe in 69.
This movie is simply a lot of fun. To insist it be more than that is unrealistic. It was independently produced by a guy (Laughlin) who believed in his message, wrote it and called all the shots himself. Its really not bad taken in that context. The little blonde girl singing the anti-war song is Tom and Delores' real life daughter Theresa. The comedy troupes used to appear on shows like the Smothers Brothers and were considered "way out". =) (amazing how cynical we've become isn't it??) While most of America in those days was more like the townspeople than the school people, it is still very very entertaining to see those days played out again.
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