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Billy Jack [Blu-ray] (1971)

Tom Laughlin , Delores Taylor  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Howard Hesseman, Bert Freed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C39T2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood classic July 6, 2000
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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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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Laughlin is Billy Jack April 10, 2000
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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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Made in an age of assassination(MLK, Malcolm X, RFK), anti-war activism and Vietnam holocaust, the tragedies of My Lai, Jackson State and Kent State, "Billy Jack" continues to call viewers to an examination of attitudes toward other people, violence/non-violence, educational philosophies, hypocrisy and the vicissitudes of film. We are even challenged to take sides and to enter this bit of "street theatre" on a "what would you do?" basis. This was the era *before* youth and women's shelters, sensitivity training, diversity education, etc. Society has responded to many of the issues presented in the film, some more effectively than others. And the religioius perspective presented looks quaint in the commercialized environment of "commodity spirituality." Still, if the viewer attends to the whole... In the decades after ILM has revolutionized FX and editing, BJ has a dated feel. Nevertheless, this was a very good independent film and still stands up to scrutiny. In the jaded and historically ignorant post-reagan nineties, BJ ought to be viewed as an educational film.
The story follows an unlikely and not wholly likeable hero through external and internal struggles with the culture and society of his time. Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, et. al give performances and "message" scripting that is hard to beat. Camp, yes, with generous touches of magic and fantasy. But this is camp designed for the hearts of those with "ears to hear and eyes to see." I heartily recommend it for older teens and adults.
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