#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Billy Jack is a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret who is being 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 good guys, the students of the peace-loving free-arts school in the desert vs. the Democratic bad guys in the near-by town, the movie plays definitive late-60s themes/messages: anti-establishment, make love not war, the senseless slaughter of God’s creatures, the rape of society (figuratively and literally), two-sided justice, racial segregation and prejudices.
Plot: Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert “freedom school” for runaways.
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Tedious and bizarre hippie-message film-cum-action pic
I never thought I’d see the day that I’d watch a hippie inflected action movie, but here we are. “Billy Jack” basically assembles a small town with young hippie kids, black people and Native Americans, and of course puts them at odds with corrupt cops and evil rich kid types. Luckily for them, the titular Billy Jack is on their side, and he is a martial arts expert and action hero.
It’s handy, being a pacifist with a prolifically violent friend. You don’t have to get your hands dirty yourself.
I don’t know what to say about “Billy Jack”. It doesn’t work as a movie. Scenes and characters totally fail to build. I guess it does get its message across, if that message is that the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad. But it’s completely forgettable. And boring.
An impassioned “message movie”, if nothing else.
Director / star Tom Laughlin, who’d already debuted his title character in the film “The Born Losers”, plays Billy Jack, a hapkido expert and war veteran. He supposedly does not care for violence, but finds it impossible to avoid in the white mans’ world. A lawman on an Indian reservation, he makes it his mission to protect a local “progressive” school that harbors runaways of all ethnicities. The trouble in the story begins when the pregnant Barbara (Julie Webb), daughter of the nearby towns’ deputy (the great Kenneth Tobey), runs away and finds a safe haven at the school.
An enormous independent hit in its day, Laughlins’ film would go on to spawn two more Billy Jack tales, “The Trial of Billy Jack” and “Billy Jack Goes to Washington”. It will never be mistaken for high art, but it is entertaining in a visceral way, and obviously it was a real passion project for Laughlin and his wife / co-star Delores Taylor. It sheds a lot of light on the continued mistreatment of Indian people by the white establishment, and while it may seem ridiculous that a film that preaches pacifism contains so much violence, this viewer gathered this sort of thing happens because violence is the ONLY thing that some people understand. And while Billy Jack is shown to have a hot temper, much of this violence is instigated by the bigoted, reactionary townspeople. One key miscreant is Bernard Posner (David Roya), cowardly son of a local fat cat (Bert Freed); he is a racist piece of work.
“Billy Jack” certainly does go on for a quite a while, wasting a little too much time with performance pieces by the improvisational group The Committee. One may wish the filmmakers stayed more on point. But it begins on an impressive note, with opening credits displayed over a tableau of mild mustangs being hunted and slaughtered. The hit song “One Tin Soldier” that plays here is quite catchy.
Overall, an interesting enough look at persecution, not just of indigenous peoples, but the whole hippie movement.
Negligible acting by the leads is offset by a solid supporting cast. Excellent character actors like Freed and Tobey sure do have you hating their characters in short order. Clark Howat is superb as the much more understanding and easygoing sheriff, as is Victor Izay as a doctor. Howard Hesseman, a member of The Committee, has a small supporting role as a drama teacher.
Some viewers may take issue with the films’ politics, or the presentation of its message, but this viewer still found it compelling in its own unsubtle way.
Seven out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Action, Drama, Western
Director Tom Laughlin
Writer Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor
Actors Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1 (negative ratio), 1.77 : 1 (intended ratio)
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,121 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm