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The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)

After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Laughlin (as Frank Laughlin)

Writers:

Tom Laughlin (screenplay) (as Frank Christina), Delores Taylor (screenplay) (as Teresa Christina)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Laughlin ... Billy Jack
Delores Taylor ... Jean Roberts
Victor Izay ... Doc
Teresa Kelly Teresa Kelly ... Carol (as Teresa Laughlin)
Sara Lane ... Russell (as Russell Lane)
Sara Lane Sara Lane ... Russell
Geo Anne Sosa Geo Anne Sosa ... Joanne
Lynn Baker Lynn Baker ... Lynn
Riley Hill ... Posner
Sparky Watt ... Sheriff Cole
Gus Greymountain Gus Greymountain ... Blue Elk
Sacheen Littlefeather ... Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland Michael Bolland ... Danny
Jack Stanley Jack Stanley ... Grandfather
Soo-Han Bong Soo-Han Bong ... Master Han
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Storyline

After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film, the Freedom School expands and flourishes under the guidance of Jean Roberts. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from "yoga sports" to muckracking journalism. The diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned television station. The narrow-minded townspeople have different ideas about their brand of liberalism. Billy Jack is released and things heat up for the school. Students are threatened and abused and the Native Americans in the neighboring village are taunted and mistreated. After Billy Jack undergoes a vision quest, the governor and the police plot to permanently put an end to their liberal shenanigans, leaving it up to Billy Jack to save the day. Written by thustlebird

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It takes up where Billy Jack left off


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I diki tou Billy Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono | 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The credited director, Frank Laughlin, was the then-nineteen-year-old son of co-stars Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene in which the Freedom School kids are watching a Freedom School TV interview with Posner on a television atop a tower of equipment. The interview footage had been grafted onto the larger image. In one shot, when the camera pans, the grafted interview footage moves completely off of the TV set and into another part of the shot, then back onto the (originally white-noised) TV screen. See more »

Quotes

Billy Jack: [surrounded by an angry mob] If there is absolutely no way you can get out of taking a terrible beating, the only sensible thing to do is, get in the first lick!
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Crazy Credits

Prior to the opening credits being shown, statistics about American campus shootings are displayed onscreen set to shots of the canyons of the Southwest. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 4 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Shed a Tear
Composed & Sung by Teresa Kelly (as Teresa Laughlin)
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ONLY FOR THE STRONG...!
7 January 2019 | by masonfiskSee all my reviews

This is the third of the Billy Jack films & possibly the worst. Taking place 5 years after the events of Billy Jack, we have our hero coming out of jail & reentering society to find his friends' school now a major hub of culture & education. No sooner than Billy starts to relax at his new environs, trouble arises when the locals want no part of his school & try to make sure that Billy & his masses go away. Clocking in at nearly 3 hours w/some okay fights & whole lot of speechifying, I kept checking my sanity as I had to sit through at least 2 vision quests, a lot of bad singing & imagery too ludicrous to be believed. Needlessly preachy & probably eschewing the filmmakers' beliefs rather than satisfying the audiences craving for ass kicking, this becomes more endurance test than actual film.


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