A movie I think almost everyone should see. Billy Jack epitomizes the senselessness of blind hatred and bigotry, and, it was one of the best "B" movies ever made. I myself, went to a type of "freedom school" when I was a kid, and the song, "One Tin Soldier" almost became our school anthem. I love this movie and always will, but a word of warning, the younger generation wont find any "star-wars" special effect's, it was produced on a rather small budget, and anyone can find a filming flaw, in any movie, but if you take it at face value, and just <more>
enjoy the "John Wayne cleaning up the town only moved into the 1970's instead of the 1870's " and the message it convey's. then I think you will like this film.
Without a doubt the BEST opening sequence in movie history with the possible exception of Barbed Wire; spectacularly beautiful, tremendous aerial shots, and subject matter...whew! And from a non-Hollywood operation, no less!!! Hurrah! The horses seem almost moving on script. And the pure rawness and glory of nature is at its most striking. And, lastly, and far from least, the incredible song by Coven who says one-hit wonders leave little legacy . The song perfectly frames the powerful/powerless relationship that is central to the movie, and the simple truth that spiritual power will always, <more>
ultimately, trump the material. A raw film it is, and that is its glory.
Well, Billy Jack was not at all what I had expected. I had heard of the movie and thought it was some kind of kung fu cult movie, but really didn't know what to expect. The movie blew me away! OK, so the acting can be a little cheesy at times, but how many movies from that era are not cheesy in some way? At any rate, Billy Jack is a true American hero. What I love about the movie is that it is focused on very important subject matter, but portrays it in such an unconventional and unique way. Billy Jack is a character of all characters. His mannerisms are hysterical. He shows such intense <more>
frustration when he knows he's going to have to kick someone's butt, and that makes his character what it is. He's an ex-green beret and he can surely kick some serious bad guy butt if he has to, but he is also a man with a big heart and his life's mission is to protect the native Americans and hippies who are either too weak or too peaceful to fight for themselves. And he loves Jean, loves her with all his heart and knows that he is the only one who can protect her and protect what is important to her. His character is portrayed in such a way that you can see the internal struggle in his eyes and hear it in his voice when he is faced with a situation where some biggot butts need kickin'. Billy Jack is a true classic and a movie that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
Billy Jack had a little of everything, and a lot of exaggerated stereotypes to make it easy to take sides. It also doled out a lot of thought-provoking ideas - almost like hippie propaganda. But it was a great action movie with a lead character you had to respect, not just because he could kick everyone's butt as he defended the weak from the evil, corrupt townies, but because he seemed sincere in his spiritual Indian way of life. The fight scene in the town square is a classic and it also contains one of the greatest movie lines I ever heard. It's listed in the quotes for this movie. <more>
It's where the deputy says he will kill the girl he's holding. And then, when Billy points his rifle at him, he asks, 'you mean you'd kill her, just like that?" Then Billy says, "no, you will. And then I'll kill you, just like that." I enjoyed the action, the improv comedy skits, the music, and the story. The bad guys were easy to hate and the good guys were easy to love. I never get tired of watching it.
As a kid, I marveled at the martial arts on display in BILLY JACK- although, even back then, I realized that that wasn't Tom Laughlin doing the kicking up there on screen. What I marvel at these days is the fact that the late Tom Laughlin managed to get a "message movie" of this caliber up on The Big Screen at all; there weren't a lot of movies, even back then, that came close to reflecting the Harsh Reality of the times. What BILLY JACK did was rub our noses in our own hypocrisy. Laughlin made us take a nice, long and uncomfortable look at ourselves as we really are- to <more>
this day. Unfortunately, the more things change, the more they stay the same... I used to take great comfort in the fact that Tom Laughlin was still Out There, somewhere; it meant a lot to me personally; and, although he's gone, now, his movies remain and that's not a bad legacy at all.
A Vietnam Veteran who's skilled in karate is not to be taken lightly, but then again, don't ever mess with "Billy Jack". He's no Kwai Chang Caine, but he's cool as "Shaft". His respects to society is like "Ha!" The way they treated these kids, who needs them. Billy Jack Tom Laughlin really knows how to kick serious butt. I see lots of those guys get their jewels kicked and others get really humiliated by him and the kids. I liked the part where the sheriff's son whips his switchblade and popped her buttons and her bra with it, something has <more>
to be done. What does Billy Jack do? He makes him drive his car into the lake, now that is funny! This is not your usual martial art film, and I'm glad I got to see for the first time. After seeing it over and over, I liked it very well. I don't why they took Billy Jack away, the real bad guys in the movie way society itself, feeding on narrow-mindedness. This is a great movie, and it's recommendable to all martial arts buffs. Rating 4.5 of 5 stars.
I was a teenager when this movie came out. I've not seen it in years and found it on a bargain DVD the other night. While the matter of whether or not this is great film-making may be up for debate, there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most accurate records on film of what is was to be a hippie or a freak in the early 70's. If all you know about this is from watching "That 70's Show", this movie should be an eye-opener. I just have to make a few comments about some of the other reviews here. The musical performances were not polished and professional, <more>
however, in 1971, we weren't looking for that. We loved to sit around with other freaks and sing songs together. We liked that better than listening to the radio. We didn't play CDs at our parties, we sang for each other. Some of us had bad voices, but we didn't care. It wasn't karaoke, we wrote our own songs. This movie portrays what it was all about. The drama scenes were excellent. I was doing that kind of improv in my Jr. High Drama class. We did those kind of skits at summer camp. This again, was very common back in the day. I remember the redneck as well. I grew up in a western town and part of being a freak was that you got a lot of harassment from the rednecks. They'd gang up on you and try to cut your hair. This was really not an uncommon thing. This movie showed some contradiction of violence and the peace movement. Most of us had all of that inside of us at the time. We were influenced by Gandhi and Bruce Lee. We listened to Joan Baez and Black Sabbath. This movie hit home with so many of us because it's two main characters Billy & Jean were the two sides of our own psyche trying to make sense of the world around us. While the acting talent may be in question, I found the characters to be very real and many reminded me of people I grew up with. If this movie was to be remade, I doubt they could find an actor to deliver such authenticity. For anyone interested in knowing what the world was really like in 1971, this film will take you there.
A VERY important film to the products of the 60/70s. (by shakeyjim)
Seeing this film back in '71 when it first came out did very much to change my attitudes and commentaries. Only in the old days would a movie like this create such a great change in a persons psyche. I'm very glad I discovered this film when I did and even though the production and acting qualities are pretty 'low' this movie definitely is a 'must see' for everyone. Enjoy.
late 60s fun and social consciousness (by drguitar20783)
This movie takes me back to 1969 when it was first started Also: note the high school football schedule for 1969 on the ice cream shop door with the school name marked out to preserve its anonymity . You really had to live through these days to appreciate the fact that some people really did think and act like the actors in this film.While all hippies were certainly NOT non-violent, this film earnestly tries to present an enlightened message to an adult audience that at that time was not the most socially aware in the world. And yes, people really did say things like: "Damn hippies! <more>
They oughtta get their hair cut! they're ruining the country!!" The New Left movement which really became influential around 1972 and years following was the hippie fringe in 69.This movie is simply a lot of fun. To insist it be more than that is unrealistic. It was independently produced by a guy Laughlin who believed in his message, wrote it and called all the shots himself. Its really not bad taken in that context. The little blonde girl singing the anti-war song is Tom and Delores' real life daughter Theresa. The comedy troupes used to appear on shows like the Smothers Brothers and were considered "way out". amazing how cynical we've become isn't it?? While most of America in those days was more like the townspeople than the school people, it is still very very entertaining to see those days played out again.