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Billy Jack [Blu-ray] (1971)

Tom Laughlin , Delores Taylor  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Howard Hesseman, Bert Freed
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C39T2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Billy Jack [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The trend-setting smash hit that broke box office records and had audiences cheering! A half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret, Billy Jack is drawn more and more toward his Indian side. He hates violence but can't get away from it in the white man's world. Pitting the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert against the oppressive bad guys in a nearby town, this action-packed film remains a landmark focusing on the most emotional themes of the time: anti-establishment, two-sided justice, and racial segregation and prejudice.

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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood classic July 6, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have always been puzzled by the hostile reaction of critics to Billy Jack. The puzzling aspect is not the negativity itself, but rather the almost blanket misrepresentation or - to be charitable - misunderstanding, of what the movie is about. Thus potential buyers are disserviced by the prevailing conventional wisdom i.e. "Billy Jack preaches peace while practising violence"; "Billy Jack wants to have its cake and eat it with regard to pacifism"; "the film is hypocritical" etc. In reality, the character of Billy Jack NEVER preaches peace. The only hint of this being true comes when he REJECTS Delores Taylor's view that violence in the face of violent bigotry won't solve anything. Given his instincts as a Shoshone warrior and a Green Beret trained (ironically by the US government) for war - against the extent of brutality of the bigots he faces, there is clearly no room for touchy-feely encounter sessions. These morons are not merely exercising speech, thought or association, but systematic physical violence on the defenceless. So Billy Jack's struggle to reconcile his violent rage with the principles of the Freedom School is a lost cause from the outset(which Billy himself admits when - referring to his efforts to embrace the pacifist influence of the Freedom School - he says to a racist bully, "I try, I really try ... but when I see this girl of such a beautiful spirit suffer this indignity ... I just go BERSERK! ") To critics safely weaned on the quiet, unthreatening dignity of Sidney Poitier, the Billy Jack character threatened equivalent response to oppression that cared neither for the approval, feelings or physical well-being of knowing oppressors. Revolutionary indeed! Read more ›
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Laughlin is Billy Jack April 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Some people just don't get it. Tom Laughlin wrote the script, directed, starred, and controlled distribution for Billy Jack because no major studio wanted to support a film that exposed bigotry and prejudice in Amercian society. Laughlin staged a one man stand against the commercial capitalists who controlled the movie industry and won. Laughlin's unprecendented move to control the film's distribution rights opened the door for future independent film making to reach mass audiences. Laughlin's struggle against studio powers mirrored Billy Jack's inner angst towards violence, peace, and civil libertites. Sure the film's message of a counterculture existing in a deeply rooted, cynical, white Southern/Western community seems overbearingly blatant, but the film still stands firm as a testimony of one man challenging the morals and values that define his world. Who cares if the Indian attire used in the spirtual dance did not comform to the actual Indian dress used in such a ceremony? There have been many big budget Hollywood extravaganzas that neglected to follow proper uniform codes. Check out Tora Tora Tora and many of the medals, stripes, and,insignias used on the military uniforms are incorrect. The fight scenecs in Billy Jack, which Laughlin also coreographed, are exceptional. No film has been able to capture the realistic grace, power, and balance of martial arts evident in Billy Jack. Until Billy Jack no Hollywood film dealt with the inconsistences and racism towards Native Amercian Indians that exists in our country. If Billy Jack's message was too strong and straightforward for the Amercian public to swallow, then these critics should stay home and watch the old cowboy and Indian movies that feature the All-American hero John Wayne. I'll take Billy Jack, I mean Tom Laughlin anyday.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One tin script rides away(with the boxoffice) April 4, 2007
Format:DVD
If like me you grew up in the 70's you KNEW who Billy Jack was and what he was about. If you didn't you must have been under a rock because Billy was everywhere. This isn't a great movie as much as it is a time-capsule of 60's and 70's ideas placed in what now is a simple action story.

Tom Laughlin stars,writes and directs this pagan to the "hippie" counter-culture of the time. The fact that the "heroes" in this movie are now annoying and not very sympathetic goes to show why the movement died out. Billy protects the "FREEDOM SCHOOL" from fat rednecks who want it gone. He talks about peace but if you disagree with him this Green Beret,half-breed Indian will beat you into the ground. Along for the ride are many bad folk songs and comedy skits that are jammed into this one with a shoe horn. I still enjoy this dinosaur of another era, but to be fair it hasn't aged very well. Still it is a lasting tribute to an era's believes and that makes it worth a look.
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58 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Admirably Violent Non-Violence May 11, 2004
Format:DVD
Any film whose main thread is that it takes an extremely violent advocate of non-violence to truly protect the non-violent, immediately has my full attention and respect. If I could have only been around in the early seventies to watch hordes of stringy-haired American middle to upper class youth cheer, in all seriousness, a denim-clad white guy kicking the living hell out of (and in some cases even kill) anyone who doesn't practice the appropriate level of peace and understanding, I would have truly been in heaven. This movie and it's enduring popularity have confirmed what I have always suspected: disagree with a pacifist and they would like nothing more than to place your head on a pike.
If a person could have jammed anymore sixties clichés into an hour and a half, I'd like to watch their movie, too. Leading the pack would be the connection to "Indians", followed by ear-ringing singalongs at the school.....being bitten by rattlesnakes in a "purification process"....guerilla theater.......expressing yourself......"squares"......and on and on.
Jean is the lady that runs the school and, despite a notable lack of physical contact, is Billy Jack's lady. She is the good cop to his bad and spends a great deal of time doing one of two things: trying to talk Billy Jack out of collapsing your windpipe OR sneering with satisfaction once he actually does it. Jean's philosophy is plain and straightforward: there isn't a problem in the world that couldn't be solved in a peaceful manner if people would just love one another....and if that doesn't work, I'll un-cage Billy Jack and set him out to snapping your limbs like twigs. She also has the most unusual set of sideburns I've ever seen in my life.
There's not been a movie made that I'd rather watch than this one. Buy it. Quickly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Jack Movie
Love it. I can watch it many times without tiring of it. I was Grateful to be able to find it and at a Great price too.
Published 4 days ago by Linda Folayan
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I Actually Spend Money On This?
I tried to watch this. Really I did. Could not make myself keep watching. This was 'hot' stuff in the sixties when I first saw it. Read more
Published 24 days ago by don crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I loved this movie and watched it with my kids when they were little and I have a few native American friends and we were talking about movies an this movie came to mind and I... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Evelyn Ommen
4.0 out of 5 stars bought as a gift
I bought this as a gift for my mom, and when I gave it to her she cried. I would say she is pretty happy with it.
Published 1 month ago by ASHLEY O.
5.0 out of 5 stars What about the trumpets?
"There won't be any trumpets...". Love this movie! It is an icon of my generation. It shares the frustrations we all felt!
Published 1 month ago by Twain Two
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic. Different but a must see.
This is a classic movie. I recommend it but different from todays modern movies. Shows racism in the 1960.70's. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Happy Mom
3.0 out of 5 stars It's wasn't the quality disc I was hoping for.
The movie skips and freezes a little while I was trying to watch it. I wasn't completely happy with the quality but it's ok.
Published 2 months ago by Courtney Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Jack Original Movie
As someone who grew up in the 70's, I have enjoyed this movie many times !!! I bought this movie for my dearest friend for her birthday :). She also loved Billy Jack !!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christine Pimental Culler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for a friend, Billy Jack
My niece went to school at the American Indian Movement school in St Paul, MN. Tom Laughlin & wife visited the school and thought it would be a good memory for her. THANKS
Published 2 months ago by Jack Neima
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a good movie!
Still a good action movie even after all these years! If you like action movies, you'll like this one. Good music!
Published 2 months ago by Jan C. Creech
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