Billy Jack

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A dated phenomenon of the late-'60s counterculture, Billy Jack is a crude 1971 yarn about a half-Indian Vietnam veteran who uses his martial arts skills to protect wild mustangs and a runaway teenager from backwards Arizona citizens. The townsfolk are racist, and don't like a progressive school in town catering to non-whites, so Billy Jack fights them and blows them away. Championing a violent approach to pro-Establishment attitudes, the movie was a runaway cult hit, along with its theme song, "One Tin Soldier." Virtually a one-man show, it was written and directed by its star, Tom Laughlin, who created the Billy Jack character in a 1966 motorcycle movie, The Born Losers. Billy Jack also stars Laughlin's wife, Delores Taylor. In 1974, Laughlin followed up with The Trial of Billy Jack, which together with the original had huge box-office receipts. Two more attempts at Billy Jack films, in 1977 and 1986, flopped.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • UPC: 883929033003
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Repackaged / Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,863

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Laughlin Billy Jack
Delores Taylor Jean Roberts
Clark Howat Sheriff Cole
Bert Freed Stuart Posner
Julie Webb Barbara
John McClure Dinosaur
Gwen Smith Angela
Kenneth Tobey Deputy
The Committee
Howard Hesseman
Richard Stahl Council Chairman
Lynn Baker Sarah
Paul Bruce Councilman
Susan Foster Cindy
Victor Izay Doctor
Teresa Kelly Carol
Katy Moffatt Maria
Stan Rice Martin
David Roya Bernard
Debbie Schock Kit
Susan Sosa Sunshine
Mundell Lowe Conductor
Technical Credits
T.C. Frank Director
Teresa Christina Screenwriter
Frank Christina Screenwriter
Michael Dmytryk Asst. Director
Larry Heath Editor
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Mundell Lowe Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Marion Rothman Editor
Mary Rose Solti Producer
John M. Stephens Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Billy Jack
1. Six Cents a Pound [1:57]
2. Mustang Roundup (Credits; One Tin Soldier) [3:08]
3. The Law on the Reservation [3:55]
4. Father Unknown [2:17]
5. A Different Kind of School [2:56]
6. Role-Playing For Barbara [2:26]
7. Carol's Songs: Johnnie and Look, Look to the Mountain [4:09]
8. Jean's Worry (When Will Billy Love Me?) [1:56]
9. Trip into Town (Freedom Over Me); a Girl Named Up [2:23]
10. The Ice Cream Shop [2:43]
11. Going Berserk [3:39]
12. Town Square Showdown [3:48]
13. Search Warrant (A Rainbow Made of Children) [5:24]
14. City Council [2:58]
15. Who Said This? [3:57]
16. Visitors Join In [4:16]
17. Snake Ceremony [3:14]
18. The Rapture of the Vision [2:48]
19. Menacing Martin [1:55]
20. Street Theater [5:23]
21. Car Awash [6:28]
22. A Keepsake For Martin [1:44]
23. Jean Attacked [3:30]
24. Turning the Other Cheek [2:27]
25. Laid to Rest (Mary and the Jesus Babe) [3:00]
26. Taking Action (The Star-Spangled Banner, the Ring Song) [3:30]
27. Martin Kidnapped [2:17]
28. "Shoot Her" [2:43]
29. Billy's Revenge [3:17]
30. What They Both Know [5:32]
31. Hail of Bullets [3:27]
32. Make it Count [2:40]
33. More Important Than Hate [2:32]
34. Billy's Terms [2:18]
35. Surrender (One Tin Soldier) [2:12]
36. Cast List and Song Credits [:57]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The classic movie get a great blu-ray release!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Billy Jack is the new Orestes

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hippies with a Kick.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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