"The strange, preachy, profitable saga of Billy Jack"
May 31, 2014 5:48 AM Subscribe
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (66 comments total)
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"It’s most logical to conceive of Billy Jack
as a dream-movie accidentally created by a spiritually confused, LSD-addled 19-year-old who fell asleep in the early 1970s while watching a weird, humorless movie about a half-Native American/half-Caucasian warrior who does not want to fight, because he’s too good—both in the sense of being a singularly skilled one-man killing machine, and in subscribing to a higher moral and ideological cause than his bloodthirsty brothers-in-arms And yet he’s pushed by circumstances into dramatically kicking ass, over and over." Nathan Rabin takes a long look
at the bizarre pair of blockbusters Billy Jack
and The Trial of Billy Jack
Metafilter has touched on Laughlin previously
, but Rabin's study focuses on how such wonderfully off kilter films were able to capture some cultural zeitgeist and make money hand over fist.
To clarify, there were actually five
films in the series: The Born Losers
), Billy Jack
), The Trial of Billy Jack
, Billy Jack goes to Washington
) and The Return of Billy Jack
For some behind-the-scenes insight into the man and the legend that was Tom Laughlin, here's an interview
with David Roya, who played one of the main villains in Billy Jack.
Or perhaps you just wanted the ass kicking? Ok, here's some ass kicking