Trial of Billy Jack

The Trial of Billy Jack

Director: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Terasa Laughlin

Cast: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Victor Izay, Terasa Laughlin

     
 

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Tom Laughlin's The Trial of Billy Jack comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, but there are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but fans of this cult favorite will not be disappointed.

Overview

Tom Laughlin's The Trial of Billy Jack comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, but there are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but fans of this cult favorite will not be disappointed.

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All Movie Guide
Although it was a commercial success, The Trial of Billy Jack has gone down in history as one of the most legendary examples of cinematic excess. During its epic storyline, director/co-writer/star Tom Laughlin packs his film with enough melodrama for a year's worth of soap operas and crams in every social issue on his mind. Unfortunately, a lot of the strengths of The Trial of Billy Jack get lost in the process. Several scenes are devoted to lecture-style diatribes on various societal ills; the portrayal of government and big-business villains is so hysterically slanted that it makes their villainry lapse into cartoonishness; and the three-hour running time is likely to test the patience of even the most tolerant viewers. Worst of all, Billy Jack often seems like a bit player in a film where he should be the major character. That said, fans of cinematic curiosities may want to brave the treacherous waters of this film because it contains some scenes that are truly unique in the history of cinema. Unforgettably odd moments include a surreal scene where Billy Jack's spiritual guide leads him through the various levels of dealing with aggression, and the jaw-dropping, shamelessly manipulative tragic finale, which must be seen to be disbelieved. Ultimately, most viewers are likely to be baffled by The Trial of Billy Jack, and it can only be recommended to B-movie fans with a hearty constitution. However, that select few will find it strangely hypnotic -- it's a mess, but it's a fascinating mess.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0634991100328
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ventura Distribution
Time:
2:50:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Laughlin Billy Jack
Delores Taylor Jean Roberts
Victor Izay Doc
Terasa Laughlin Carol
William Wellman National Guardsman
Hosea Barnett Student
David Scott Clark Town Boy
Sandra Ego Indian Maiden
Oshannah Fastwolf Oshannah
DeLaura Henry Liz
Debbie Hill Debbie
Trinidad Hopkins Vision Maiden
Buffalo Horse Little Bear
Patricia McCulloch Girl
Alexandra Nicholson Abby
Pepper Rogers 3rd Trooper
Michael J. Shigezane Karate Expert
Ken Tealor Ken
Evans Thornton Prosecuting Attorney
Russell Lane Russell
George More O'Ferrall Defense Attorney
James Andronica Viet Nam Soldier
Marian Hall Alicia
Michelle Wilson Michelle
Geo Anne Sosa Joanne
Lynn Baker Lynn
Riley Hill Posner
Malcolm "Sparky" Watt Sheriff Cole
Sacheen Littlefeather Patsy Littlejohn
Michael Bolland Danny
Jack Stanley Grandfather
Bong Soo Han Master Han
Jason Clark Cowboy #1
Johnny West Turning Water
George Aguilar Elk's Shadow
Teda Bracci Teda
Ron Nix Cowboy #2
Jack White & His All-Stars Bugger
Diane Webber Belly-Dance Instructor
Kathy Cronkite Kristen
Gus Greymountain Blue Elk
Susan Sosa Sunshine

Technical Credits
Tom Laughlin Director,Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Teresa Christina Screenwriter
Joe Cramer Producer
Michael Economou Editor
George Grenville Editor
Michael Kahn Editor
Michael Karr Editor
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
Jules Nayfack Editor
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Tom Rolf Editor
Delores Taylor Screenwriter
George W. Troast Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening - Tribal Funeral [1:27]
2. Jean Hospital Press Conference [2:43]
3. Trial of Billy Jack [4:05]
4. Vietnam Massacre [3:01]
5. Billy in Jail [7:16]
6. Freedom School [:26]
7. Band Marathon Fundraiser [4:37]
8. Kids Begin TV Crusade [1:45]
9. Carol Helping Danny [5:30]
10. Billy and Jean Reunited [5:08]
11. Welcome Home Billy [3:43]
12. Billy Meets Bong Soo [4:41]
13. Snow Mountain Rescue [3:59]
14. Police Harassment [6:05]
15. Tribal Council Meeting [3:48]
16. Grandfather Teaches Billy [12:39]
17. State Wants Danny [7:54]
18. Investigations Bring Trouble [1:54]
19. National Guard Called In [4:42]
20. Billy Begins Inner Journey [:22]
21. Kids Fight Back with Love [15:30]
22. Cowboys Burn Kid's Bus [2:17]
23. Carol Finally Gets Through [6:09]
24. Indian Rights Exposition [1:53]
25. Grandfather Arrested Gus Captured [4:54]
26. Billy and Bong Soo Save Gus [3:24]
27. Kids Riot [8:31]
28. Billy Surrenders [5:19]
29. Kids Get Militant Jean Speaks Out [4:40]
30. Danny Sings With Carol [4:58]
31. Billy Healing Ceremony [4:32]
32. Hell Breaks Loose [1:34]
33. Tribe Saves Freedom School [6:03]
34. Billy's Final Vision (4th Level) [4:39]
35. Golden Lady Give Peace a Chance [3:26]
36. End Credits [6:21]

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