The Amazing Story Behind the Legend of Billy Jack by Jorge CasusoThis is the real, never before told inside story of how Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor took on Hollywood and produced the most successful independent series of films of all time -- Billy Jack.
You will learn how: Tom and Delores mortgaged their house and risked everything in a $400,000 all or nothing gamble with Warner Brothers; How AIP (American International Pictures) tried to take control of Billy Jack by cutting of funding halfway through production; How 20th Centure Fox was two days away from destroying Billy Jack forever; Why no theater in the country would play Billy Jack, and what Tom and Delores had to go through to bring Billy Jack to the screen; The amazing story of how Billy Jack made mega-films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and even Titanic possible; The incredible story of the Native American Ghost Religion and how ti ties into the incredible saga of the Billy Jack hat ... and much, much more.
Billy Jack (1971) - Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat - Feature (Action, Drama)
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Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. 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. After a Senator suddenly dies after completing and sealing an investigation into the nuclear power industry, the remaining Senator and the state Governor must decide on a person who will Billy Jack returns to bring down a child pornography ring headed by the Godfather of Godfathers.
Filming began in Prescott, Arizona , in the fall of , but the movie was not completed until American International Pictures pulled out, halting filming. Still, the film lacked distribution, so Laughlin booked it into theaters himself in Jack defends the hippie -themed Freedom School inspired by Prescott College and students from townspeople who do not understand or like the counterculture students. The school is organized by its director Jean Roberts Delores Taylor. A group of children of various races from the school go to town for ice cream and are refused service and then abused and humiliated by Bernard Posner David Roya , the son of the county's corrupt political boss Bert Freed , and his gang. This prompts a violent outburst by Billy.
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What I find interesting is that they decided, in effect, to remake their earlier film: not to copy it, but to grapple again with the same identities and ideas. Both films are about a character named Billy Jack Tom Laughlin , who is a returned Vietnam hero, half-Indian, a master of karate, who takes the law into his own hands because he believes that's the only way to obtain justice. In "Born Losers" an outlaw motorcycle gang terrorizes a community and its sheriff's office. When they brutally beat a teenager, Billy Jack steps in and shoots one of them. He gets ninety days. The gang members get a slap on the wrist for assault.
He was Laughlin wrote, directed and starred in all four of the Billy Jack films, earnest tales of a tightly wound, half-Cherokee Vietnam veteran named Billy Jack who protects Indians, wild horses and progressive ideals against attacks. None were critically acclaimed, but they played a big part in changing the way movies reached American audiences. Laughlin sold the distribution rights to Warner Bros. If it was well received, it would be introduced into other movie markets.