Billy JackDirector: T.C. Frank
Actor/auteur Tom Laughlin created the character of Billy Jack in the motorcycle flick The Born Losers. Wandering Christlike through the Southwest, Native American Vietnam veteran Billy Jack -- soft-spoken, but well-versed in martial arts -- champions the cause of a progressive school run by Jean Roberts (Delores Taylor, Laughlin's real-life wife). The bigoted white townsfolk don't cotton to Jean's minority-group students, so they do everything they can to humiliate and physically abuse the kids. When one of her charges is cruelly coated with white flour, Billy Jack goes berserk. Thus begins an orgy of self-righteous violence, culminating with our hero being hunted down on a murder charge.
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Cast & Crew
|Tom Laughlin||Billy Jack|
|Delores Taylor||Jean Roberts|
|Clark Howat||Sheriff Cole|
|Bert Freed||Stuart Posner|
|Richard Stahl||Council Chairman|
|Michael Dmytryk||Asst. Director|
|Mundell Lowe||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Mary Rose Solti||Producer|
|John M. Stephens||Cinematographer|
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If you want a good look at the hippy philosophy here it is. Plus some classic martial arts scenes. "I'm Going to put this foot on that side of your face and there is nothing you can do about it". This is the indi film that rocked the world.
This is a great film from 1971, and finally has been relased on crystal clear blu-ay disc! The film has never looked better on home video!
This movie is a hoot. The production values are not what we are used to... and the pace of the movie is not as frenetic as we are accumstomed to either... but the SAPPY, LIBERAL sentimentalism redeems every flaw. The movie draws in people who love violence-- you get to see brawls and rape and other forms of humiliation--but the film wastes little time in preaching the values of tolerance and non-violence. My favorite part is when Billy Jack murders a law enforcement officer at the end and is treated like a hero. Apparently it is not self-contradictory to liberal ideals of compassion and tolerance to murder people who really deserve it. Which is why I love this movie. We are all a bundle of contradictions and Billy Jack mirrors the non sequiter of our lives back to us... We are all tragic figures.