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 play along with their shady deals and not cause any problems. They decide on Billy Jack, currently sitting in prison after being sent to jail at the end of his previous film, as they don’t expect him to be capable of much, and they think he will attract young voters to the party. Billy is pardoned, released and nominated, after which he begins his duties. He soon notices that things aren’t right, and starts trying to find out just what is going on.—IMDb
In the late ‘60s, former bit player and juvenile actor Tom Laughlin created a new kind of antihero and launched three low-budget films featuring Billy Jack, an enigmatic Anglo-Native American, ex-Green Beret/biker loner who used considerable martial arts skills to pound his pacifistic principles into the skulls of his adversaries. Laughlin made his screen debut in 1956, playing small parts first in These Wilder Years and then in Tea and Sympathy. The first leg of Laughlin’s career lasted through the early ‘60s, when he left Hollywood to run a Montessori preschool. He returned to movies in 1965, this time as a director, cinematographer, editor, writer, and an actor. Working on a low-budget independently of major studios and utilizing several pseudonyms on the credits — including T.C. Frank, Donald Henderson, Lloyd E. James, and Frank Laughlin — he made The Young Sinner (1965).
His alter ego, Billy Jack, made his debut in the exploitation biker pic Born Losers. In 1971, Laughlin released… read more
Prolific composer, songwriter, author and director, educated at the University of California. He began his directorial and film-writing career in 1920. He also worked as a newspaperman in San Francisco. He joined ASCAP in 1960. —IMDb
Making a pacifist action movie is hard. The message of the film is that Billy can change the world without using his lethal feet; however, it is the lethal feet we are all waiting for him to use. If only Billy had gone on a vision quest and met Lincoln, then we would have a true classic on our hands.