Billy jack was completed in 1971, but when laughlin screened the. Billy jack, airborne soldiers and national guard soldiers carry m16s with 3prong flash suppressors. After the prologue narration, it is followed two minutes later by billy jack. Tom laughlin already had the basic outline of the script for billy jack the movie, but lacked funding because. Exgreen beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert freedom school for runaway. Song from the movie, not full version just partial lyrics.
The compendium of old mgm musicals thats entertainment, along with reruns of gone with the wind, 2001. Both films are about a character named billy jack tom laughlin, who is a returned vietnam hero, halfindian, a master of karate, who takes the law into his own hands because he believes thats the only way to obtain justice. Billy jack was a very popular 1971 film cowritten, directed and starring tom laughlin which, according to the tracking board, had a remake originally set up at dreamworks with keanu reeves set to. The film begins with the words billy jack rights presents appearing on the screen. The movie is narrated by jean through a series of flashbacks. After billy jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of the first film. Laughlins legend rests on his creation of billy jack, a halfcherokee vietnam vet and. I have still yet to see the first or fourth film, and do. Released 1974, the trial of billy jack stars tom laughlin, delores taylor, victor izay, teresa kelly the pg movie has a runtime of about 2 hr 55 min, and received a score of out of 100 on. I would later see the trial of billy jack somewhere near the very end of 1974. Selfdistributed, the trial of billy jack was one of the highest grossing films of 1974. As a very young boy, i saw the film billy jack during the summer of 1971. If billy jack is the best movie of the 1970s, im tempted to call the trial of billy jack the worst, but ill have to hold off on that until i have the chance to witness the awful sounding billy jack goes to washington for those of you who arent up on your midseventies indian movementhippie movies, tom laughlin plays a guy whos half indian and half something else named billy jack.
The trial of billy jack 1974 stream and watch online. Within the film business, this was by no means seen as. The unimaginable success of the film made its sequel, the trial of billy jack 1974, almost unavoidable well, at least to the laughlins. I watched this movie as part of a lazy sunday afternoon double feature along with the previous entry in the series. The trial of billy jack 1974 pg 2h 50min action, drama, music november 1974 usa 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 diverse student population airs scathing political exposes on their privately owned. Bong soo han hapkido demonstration the trial of billy jack duration. Dont let people miss on a great quote from the trial of billy jack movie add it here. The complete billy jack collection the born losers, billy. Billy jack goes to washington senator billy jack leaves the reservation and raises hell in washington d.
Billy jack 1971 gp 1h 54min action, drama 2 august 1971 sweden billy jack, a halfnavajo martial artist and vietnam veteran, protects the freedom school, an experimental hippie school for runaways and troubled youth on an indian reservation in arizona, from locals who hate the schools countercultural values. It is the sequel to the 1971 film, billy jack, and the third film overall in the series. The trial of billy jack 1974 cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Quotes from billy jack legend of billy jack quotes trial of billy jack quotes abraham lincoln quotes albert einstein quotes bill gates quotes bob marley quotes. Amazingly enough, this was the third billy jack film after the born losers and. Its a testament to the film s didacticism that the trial of billy jack begins hectoring the audience before the action even begins. What i find interesting is that they decided, in effect, to remake their earlier film. Billy jack is a 1971 actiondrama independent film, the second of four films centering on a character of the same name which began with the movie the born losers 1967, played by tom laughlin, who directed and cowrote the script. Despite the movies title, the actual trial of billy jack doesnt take up much. Decision making skills on both sides, the public and the law, needed great amount of improvement, and i feel that these two movies were instrumental in bringing about change in how unrests around the united states is handled today. The trial of billy jack 1975 jabootus bad movie dimension. The third in the series also brought in a lot of jack at the box office.
The billy jack character was actually introduced in the 1967 film the born losers. Even as laughlin struggled to find a firm foothold in the film industry, his. Billy jack 1971 gp 1h 54min action, drama 2 august 1971 sweden billy jack, a halfnavajo martial artist and vietnam veteran, protects the freedom school, an experimental hippie school for runaways and troubled. The trial of billy jack the town takes its revenge on the man who dared to stand up to them, forcing billy jack to take on bigots, politicians, and the national guard. The film broadcasts its heavyhanded social significance with helicopter shots of the west juxtaposed with tallies of the people killed and injured in incidents of reallife violence, most notably the shootings at kent state. Aip countered by rereleasing the born losers with the slugline the original billy jack. The trial of billy jack is a 1974 action drama, about a halfbreed vietnam war veteran billy jack tom laughlin, who goes on trial for the events that took place in the previous film. Billy jack 1971 tom laughlin, delores taylor, clark. Elmer bernstein original music from the film the trial.
Filming began in prescott, arizona, in the fall of 1969, but the movie was not completed until 1971. Directed by laughlin, it has a running time of nearly three hours. Both films are about a character named billy jack tom laughlin, who is. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. The utopian existence of the school is characterized by everything ranging from yoga sports to muckracking journalism. Billy jack is a 1971 actiondrama independent film, the second of four films centering on a. The billy jack collection has great sound and picture, for a movie series released in the 60s and 70s. The trials and success of tom laughlins billy jack. The trial of billy jack the third film in the series has the halfindian philosophizing crusader going on trial for crimes he previously committed. 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. This relates to tom laughlin and delores taylors production company, billy jack enterprises. Written and directed by filmmaker tom laughlinand starring him in the title role billy jack concerns a halfwhite, halfindian karate expert who protects a free school built on. After billy jack belatedly became a boxoffice smash two years after its original release and, the biker film in which tom laughlin created the billy jack character, had enjoyed a highly successful rerelease, tom laughlin brought everyones favorite martial arts hero turned native american mystic back to the screen for a third goround in the trial of billy jack. It looks amazing, in bluray its well worth it to upgrade from dvd to blu ray.
Billy jack screens at tiff bell lightbox on national aboriginal day, wednesday, june 21 the late tom laughlin was a man of many contradictions. The story is told in flashbacks, which depict billy jack taking action against child abuse, the trampling of native american rights, illegal fbi wiretapping and subterfuge, the my lai massacre. With tom laughlin, delores taylor, victor izay, teresa kelly. The trial of billy jack 1974 a halfindian footfighting vietnam veteran tom laughlin defends his girlfriends delores taylor school against the establishment. According to the laughlin site, the 1974 film broke a. I never reach a conclusion, but because of this, the acting, and the beautiful scenery. Delores taylor and tom laughlin in a scene from the film the trial of. Subscribe if its a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on. Like its predecessor, starring the same two principals, it pinpoints community prejudices. Tom laughlin, delores taylor, victor izay, terasa laughlin. The trial of billy jack 1974 is the third movie in a series that includes the born losers 1967, billy jack 1971, and billy jack goes to washington 1977. A fifth movie, the return of billy jack filmed in 198586, was never completed and remains unreleased. The trial of billy jack is a 1974 action film starring delores taylor and tom laughlin.
The movie billy jack and the trial of billy jack brought back to me the history, and learning that took place in the 1970s. The trial of billy jack is one of those colossal failures that needs to be seen to be believed. This timecapsule film from 1971 is a perfect example of having ones cake and eating it, too. Buyers of the previous 2005 complete release wont need to doubledip here. Its in great condition and the packaging is very sturdy and strong. On the weekend of october 4th and 5th, 2008, i finally after over 45 years. Lest others also come to this conclusion, we then cut to the judges. The trial of billy jack is a violent, sometimesexplosive, antiestablishment sequel to billy jack 1971. Why did i watch this the trial of billy jack action a. The strange, preachy, profitable saga of billy jack the.58 253 170 1128 933 43 579 431 1349 428 1187 76 725 1411 890 1318 1132 516 765 1455 593 706 1043 1232 598 1252 1130 541 1193 1293 666 875